No class on Tuesday as N—-e was delayed due to her working on her event for Thursday and I didn’t mind because I hadn’t completed the
SevCitiesInTheDistrict segment (which she never approved of).
Werner Herzog say you must read alot and watch many films to become well versed in the art of storytelling. Which was good because I had 5 movies to watch for Assignment 2. He says a filmmaker who does not read will be mediocre at best. So you have to watch a gang of movies that are outside of your wheelhouse. Don’t stick with things you know you’ll like. this seems tedious at first, but after learning a bit more about the industry you’ll notice the cinematography, the color differences and all type of different factors that effect quality.
He also insisted I look into Cinema Novo, which has an emphasis on social equality and intellectualism via Brazil.
New Wave, a blanket term for early French cinema that has long tracking shots, irony and sarcasm. Bucking the system of the time.
& Neorealism that has stories set amongst the poor and working class.
One needs to understand the history of films further, and take from it; How do I create suspense, how do I get the audience on board w/ the protagonist & how do I analyze the flow?
The audience has to be invested and on the side of my characters. Take Viva Zapata, where you are quickly on Marlon Brando side, in the first 5 minutes because you understand the plight of his people and the oppression of the guy behind the desk. That movie is old (I used to have rule about not watching movies older than me) but the basics are there – plain to see.
Events are important. I have in the past held music festivals and delt with logistics on the day. So much goes wrong that you have to compensate for. So I decided to use the opportunity like my first day on a film, but it wasn’t even close.
When I had my first Made In the District event, I was scared. Like most young people, they relied solely on Internet promotion, no flyers. Flyers are an additional expense, but play a huge part in spreading the word. I learned that from my time working for Lyle Borger at The Dunes venue & Dave Hamilton throwing the Facefest Festival. No built in audience means promotion on many fronts. But there was a sort of built in audience, and I didn’t know because they are a semi popular news magazine. The turnout was very good, maybe not what was needed, but damn close. I didn’t get to do much and the organization for the filming was a little messy. We did an interview before hand, which was a highlight. Getting to see the tools she uses and how she interviewed.I took a few pictures of equipment that night for future reference. One of her interns cameras, their recording device and the lights, mostly. During the whole process I was no more than an unpaid, unskilled intern… I have no doubt that I could have got this position with her without the school and that’s another reason why I’m second guessing my choice, but I loved seeing her have this success. She has alot of unpaid employees, which blew me away as well. This whole ship moves off slave labor because of its popularity.
The disorganization was real though. Besides not getting all the footage from that night due to a workers incompetence she also had monetary discrepancies at the end of the night. I had to do a file dump on her laptop halfway through the night myself and realized what I should have known already, that she’s the type with 55 windows open on her at once. But finding time for a file dump is important, especially if you are working with very few SD cards. Dont’t rush it. Always be precise and on point so as not to lose a single clip of footage.
But again, so many tabs on safari, you can’t read the words. So many things open and running it took 5 minutes minimizing to get to the desktop. My life demands organization, your filmmaking journey demands organization- yet she gets sh*t done.
Just to hear someone lost a ton of her footage is a bummer so you gotta always be aware of your employees and what they are capable of handling. Proper planing prevents poor performance. This thought transcends into many parts of life, including preparation for filmmaking. In pre-production you have to put together a schedule and a budget so that you and everyone involved is ready for the task at hand. It’s hard on your first time, but it gets easier every time after.
The video recap she put together for the event was awesome. It contained really nice visuals mixed in with promotion for sponsors and the venue.
Planning in writing comes in the form of Research
Aaron Sorkin on Research:
There are 2 types of research. One specific to how something functions and one specific to helping you find your movie/TV plot. Keep interviews short. The assignment from AS was to pick a topic to explore and find someone to interview. So I chose paper journalism. I decided I would interview the editor at my publication Street Sense and also reach out to the editor of The Hill: Latino. & Because I knew a couple of them went to the bar down the road I wanted to try for the Washington Post – I’m ambitious.
Cool Patois – Dialogue specific to a certain vocation that would lead the audience to believe your characters know what they are talking about.
Last, I turned in that interview finally on Saturday and was still working on finishing the 5 movies and homework on top of them. I was such a busy man at that moment It was hard to find time to watch the movies, but every single new movie was a great piece of cinema. So again, Watch movies. READ A BOOK.
All the Videos Ive watched are reviewed in Nobody Reads Reviews.