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  1. Hi everyone, I am just wondering if there are any people out there who are both directing and filming (as cinematographer) their work. And if so, what type of projects are those (short films, documentaries, etc.)? And what is your reason to do so (e.g. budget, more creative freedom, etc.)? Please note that I am not asking for a specific reason, just kind of curious. Feel free to share some examples, could be fun! Kind regards, Jaap P.s. meant to write simultaneously in the topic :P
  2. I am obsessed with books, I can read all day. I am looking to improve my directing in terms of: directing talent, shot composition, etiquette with major crew members, and script analyzation. I know most of these are picked up by doing, but are there any books that you recommend that cover any of these topics? I've already read : The Filmmaker's intuition, directing shot by shot, and The Hero With a Thousand Faces. Thank you!
  3. Some of you are directors, and I was wondering what do you think about camera-angle directions, transitions, and similar devices in scripts? I have read countless times that it is a huge no-no, especially in spect scripts, but recently bumped onto a tip by John August and Craig Mazin, of Scriptnotes: 1. "Don't write directions in your screenplay" is bad advice. Do directors really mind? Or, in reality, actually like it, as Mazin and August say?
  4. Quick Backstory: As someone who did not have the luxury to study film or even get experience on set even as a coffee-runner, due to an almost non-existent industry in my town (Durban, SA), I always wanted to learn how to film. I did have one resource however, decent internet. So I watched a Lynda.com tutorial, followed Tony Reale's HDSLR 101 series on youtube, constantly watched, commented and discussed topics on Vimeo Video School, as well FilmRiot/Indy Mogul/Cheesycam, and read a book or two. It has all lead to me this point since beginning my journey in 2012: I now want to
  5. Does anybody know where I can find a list of micro-budget (under $100K US) feature films that are streaming somewhere online? Preferably recent films--last five years, if I can find them. I'm producing and directing a film along those lines and want to research the competition, but can't figure out how to find these movies. Everything I've tried Googling just yields a list of breakout indies or classic zero-budget indies I've already seen. Where are the sorta-good, sorta-shitty movies that don't suck but didn't necessarily break out? Thanks!!
  6. I did my first attempt at directing a music video for an english songwriter in France. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=vL-DjKGCmEY I shot with a Canon 600D in the forest and mostly shot everything at 50fps to do some slow motion since I thought it would go right with the song. Also played the song at a high speed so that in postproduction the singer would be singing at the right tempo but with everything else in slow motion. Besides the shots from the story, I made my guy sing in a close up, in a mid shot from below, and also filmed the guitar in a close up
  7. A short montage video I did from the famous "artists district" in Paris, it includes Woody Allen music and reflects the bohemian feeling of this painters-filled part of town. https://youtu.be/Ca5jI4ESJQA
  8. Hello! I am 25 and I want to try to get in some Film Academy in 2016/2017. I am passionate about documentary directing. My first goal is to try FAMU in Prague. But If you know more good schools, please feel free to tell me about them. I can pay around 1000 euro per year, more than that would be too expensive. Hope you will help me <3
  9. "As Day Turns to Night" was made for my production class. The film is my analysis of the psychological effects of loss and what it can drive a person to believe. Any criticism is welcomed and very much appreciated! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ad6QHJAYgLw
  10. Hello all, So I'm messing around with shots for a film of mine, and I have a scene where a lot is revealed, emotionally (to be simple: a man shoots his brother for the crime this brother has committed). Anyways, my question is: what functions do a pull-back have in a scene? I have it storyboarded to where we have a push-in on the dead body of the brother and then we cut to a pull-back from the shooter (both are iso shots). Any suggestions/comments for this function?
  11. Hello all, As I've been expanding my crew and becoming more involved with just directing actors, I've been looking to buy an external monitor for my BMPCC so I won't have to work back and forth to check shots. My question is, do any of you guys have a suggestion for an external monitor for the Blackmagic that is under the price of $200? Thanks! John
  12. Take a look at this short film that featured only children and was done with no dialogue whatsoever http://redd.it/34bi0f
  13. Hello, folks! I'm a young director (mid-teens), and the selection of actors in my town are mostly well-trained theatre actors. Earlier this summer, I made a film with two of these actors + a young film actor, and I noticed some difference in the two groups. The theatre guys were a lot more patient than film actor, but never really took direction; they were great improvisers (which is okay, but it left my film actor in a very awkward position as he was more for taking serious direction). Now I have read on directors such as Elia Kazan, who have worked in both theatre and film successful
  14. Hey guys, I'm looking at making an indoor skatepark commercial / promo for some editing practise. The indoor skatepark invites BMX bikes, scooters and skateboards to ride on ramps and do flips into a large foam pit (their main selling point over local competitors). I aim not to include voiceovers but will have music. What do you guys think would be a good 30 second commercial or 1 minute promotional video? I had an idea of perhaps start off with a focus pull of a skateboard & then some tracking shots of empty ramps with no one on it ... then on the beat that the music starts, all the sh
  15. I have a cousin who's currently working to produce a programme (pitch an idea for them), that would be play on tv. but they (tv station) wanted to discuss the salary when he comes up with an idea they want to make. basically they want to collaborate with him. so his question is: 1) How much should he get paid if he works as a (writer/director/cinematographer), as the tv station want to discuss that with him. how much is the usual pay for ppl in that position? btw, he has graduated from university (he's experienced in making film etc, few of his films had gotten into festivals as well) 2)
  16. Alright, where to start... I'm a young aspiring filmmaker whose had a passion for making films ever since I was 6. Self-taught, I've made films all on the digital format, and recently, I've been shooting short films on the Canon Rebel T2i. I'm all for manual control, and I'm a pretty big hater of auto focus. Being that most of the filmmakers that inspire me shoot on film, and that it's (sadly enough) slowly dying, I've decided I want to move from digital to film. Now I understand that a great place to begin is with film photography. I've signed up for a photography class (showing you how to
  17. Hello. I have a bit of a dilemma. I'm casting for my next short film and typically cast people based mostly on their acting skills, direct-ability and a general assessment of their personality. I always have a solid idea of what I'd like the characters to look like; however those thoughts are always a bit flexible (sometimes enough to even change sexes). I'll start by saying I'm casting for a 1940s crime drama so it hasn't been easy to find talent who can manage the acting style of that time period (a strict requirement). I completely understand that and I've tried to be as helpful as pos
  18. New reel!
  19. Hey guys! Lookin for some advice on conducting reharsals for talent for my short film , Dead ED. You can check details on it on the Facebook fan page here: https://www.facebook.com/DEADEDMOVIE I have two main characters: Khan - The protagonist, a man from the other side of the planet forced to work in the desert wastleands ED - Khan's only companion, ED is a service droid designed to protect and clean the wasteland. The relationship between these two characters is similar to a master and a loyal pet. Khan sees ED as something less than a best friend, and will learn ED's t
  20. What do you think of the ff workshops and instructors? Basica Cinematography Mark Raker http://www.mainemedia.edu/workshops/filmmaking/basic-cinematography Director's Craft Alan Myerson http://www.mainemedia.edu/workshops/filmmaking/directors-craft Ditigital Cinematography Matt Siegel http://www.mainemedia.edu/workshops/filmmaking/digital-cinematography Cinematographers eye Daniel Marracino http://www.mainemedia.edu/workshops/filmmaking/cinematographers-eye
  21. Hey Everyone. I'm new to this site. Hoping to get some good feedback about my work. I am just starting to do film as a result of my work with music. I want to go into narratives some day, but I have a passion for music as well, so i think shooting music videos for my songs to come would be a good way to transition in the future. Take a look at my first song and video... I hope you enjoy! please comment.
  22. No dialogue. Simply all visuals, but with a complicated story. Its open for complete interpretation. Let me know what you think after viewing, thanks! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDt-hvWDe1s
  23. Here is my newest short film, ’i love you & goodbye’. Photos in motion, consisting of 4,733 pictures. A relationship between a young couple, from the first I love you to the dreadful goodbye. Let me know what you think! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSqZZrmJcXQ&list=UUsTYaGYnM3BUWm49AEdmAjA Subscribe to my YouTube Channel !! http://www.youtube.com/erichasaids
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