Mike provides his own views on making films on a shoe string
So where's that short film I'm working on? Well sometimes work gets in the way, that's where. Work kicked in late in 2016 and projects needed to get done.
However, finishing the short is high on the list of activities to complete in the first couple of months of 2017. Already working on a new script and excited by the possibilities of this twisted little psychological thriller.
So why short films? Why bother with a film that will never hit the big screens, won't get funding and will take just as much effort to put together?
1. It can be a way to get real funding. Remember Whiplash? (Movie about student playing drums as a jazz school, great movie.) And even Napoleon Dynamite, both of those started as shorts, had a good degree of success on the sort circuit and allowed the directors to get the funding for the film they really wanted to make.
2. Experience. A short gives you a tasted of what's required for a feature. Do you have what it takes, do you even want to do it? The short will give you most of those answers. You also get to work with a crew and that is always good experience.
3. What do you have to say? A short can help you figure out who you are as a filmmaker? As they sometimes say, 'find your voice'. Figure out what sort of filmmaker you hope to be or think you are.
4. It's a great way to really try and get something into a festival. That of course could be your calling card to investment, more shorts or a shot at a feature.
5. For the love of film. Most of us still have to have day jobs, we can take four days off to shoot a short, but not two months to make a feature.
I make films I love. I don't make films for other people. I'm not interested in fame or notoriety. Don't get me wrong, I'm interested in being a filmmaker and looking for investment in what I do, but it's about the art, not the glory. It's about fulfilling my idea of good film.
Now just have to find the time to finish the current one!
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Just completed my first TVC. Bit of a mission, but satisfied with the job. Will load it up after it airs. Interesting process, just 15 seconds to get across as much info as possible. Challenging artistically to merge all the elements to create the most impact, images, words and voice over. Interesting to understand how editing an advert works versus a short.
Client is happy, which is the main thing.
Right onto the next project....looking for time to finish the edit on my short, admittedly it's challenging when work projects keep coming up. But finally all the footage has been shot, so just into the editing stage, music, titles.
#shortfilm #televisioncommercial #waihorafilms #editing #editor
Funny thing about blogs, well not funny really, more just factual. They seem like a great idea, but then you get too busy working to write them.
Quick update on the short I'm editing. Just three more scenes need to be shot, one new and two that need to be shot again. No issue really, actors on board, equipment primed. Weather, seriously not playing ball. Come on Wellington!
Anyway, go the Cane's lets knock that one off, even if I'm not making much progress on this film.
Some good paid gigs coming in, check out my corporate work page if you're interested in what I do.
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Had the privilege of taking some footage up at the Newlands Marae on Saturday. Fantastic, friendly people and a very welcoming environment. Not to mention, spectacular views over Wellington.
Got some great shots and looking forward to editing it all together for SYW.
Had the privilege to see a great short film, then Q&A with director Christian Rivers yesterday down at Rata Studios.
'Feeder' is a supernatural thriller and an excellent watch. I won't give away too much, but it's based around a musician who's lost his musical inspiration and is then challenged by an opportunity to succeed and the questions is, how far emotionally, spiritually, morally and ethically is he prepared to go to be a success?
It was great to hear the director himself talk about the process and inspirations, along with the challenges of making short films. Check out the promo by clicking here.
The big question for a shoe string film maker is 'to buy or not to buy'? On the one hand if you purchase you can end up with a piece of equipment that goes out of style too quickly. On the other you have to beg, borrow and get pretty close to stealing every time you want to make a film.
I've been doing my research and concluded that for me, buying is the best option and I've gone for the Panasonic G7.
Why you ask? Well I'll explain when my new baby arrives. Bare with me!