Posts tagged Directing

"The saddest journey in the world is the one that follows a precise itinerary.  Then you’re not a traveler.  You’re a f**king tourist."  -Guillermo del Torro, director, Pan’s Labyrinth. 

"The saddest journey in the world is the one that follows a precise itinerary.  Then you’re not a traveler.  You’re a f**king tourist."  -Guillermo del Torro, director, Pan’s Labyrinth. 

Great tutorial:  Limited by budget, but you want to get some great shots?  Check out this great tutorial from the guys at the Vimeo Film School, “Drive-By Shooting:  Using Your Car to Make Better Videos” for tips on how to do just that.

Cool Short Video:  This is a really cool video from directo Colin Kennedy in partnership with theberrics.com and Quicksilver. The film, “QUIK,” follows professional skateboarder Austyn Gillette along the streets of LA.  It’s a great look on how you can make a huge impact with a simple idea, one camera and some great music.  It not only gives you a great look at pro-skate boarding, but it really shows you some great images of the nitty-gritty of LA.

Awesome tutorial:  Check out this great tutorial from the folks at Vimeo, explaining how to do green screen magic using After Effects.  Green screening isn’t just for the professionals!  Anyone can do it!  Let us know if you guys try this.

If you’re a fan of Stanley Kubrick films, check out this great mash-up of his trademark camera angle, the one-point perspective.  Have to say, it’s simple camera angles like these that makes his films such classics!

Great tutorial:  If you have an iPhone, Android or any other smartphone these days, it’s amazing how quality the video footage can be.  Filmmakers are constantly looking for new ways to be mobile, so why not shoot a film on your mobile phone?  The great folks at Vimeo have put together a quick tutorial on some products they use and recommend to do just that: film on your smart phone! 

Always Wanted to Film a Surf Movie?

If you’re a filmmaker and have always wanted to know the techniques behind filming surfers in action, check out this great tutorial from the guys and girls at Vimeo as part of the Vimeo Video School.  They have some other amazing tutorials on there and we will be sure to repost some more this week!

How To Make A Surf Video from Vimeo Video School on Vimeo.

Music Vid: Drake “Take Care” feat Rihanna

Post by: Tiffany Diamond (@Tiffy4u) #Drake #MusicVideo

I miss the days of artsy music videos that really hit a cord and are beautifully put together. I love this video, but what I love is they took a song that could have easily had a video that just goes along with the lyrics but instead they decided to do something completely off the wall. It’s intimate and I feel everyone will take something different from it. The thing I love most about these two artist is they really try to bring the art back to the Music Video scene.

xo

Music Vid: Childish Gambino “Heartbeat”

Post By: Tiffany Diamond (@Tiffy4u) #ChildishGambino #MusicVideo

I have a lot of respect for Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino in all of his creative endeavors. If I can follow his footsteps I’ll be a happy camper. It’s a real testimant to talent if you can go from comedy to being respected in the music world as well. 

I love the video it’s well directed. When I first saw this it made me very anxious to start filming more music videos. When something inspires you than it’s because it’s above the norm. It also has sex appeal which again, being able to turn comedy off and turn sexy on is hard to do but he pulled it off.

xo

The Power of “It Will Happen”

By Kelsey Rude

I’m going to be honest. I used to be embarassed to tell people I wanted to make movies.  I remember being 5, playing My Little Ponies in front of the TV, and finally connecting the dots - what people on TV did was a lot like I was doing.  I was creating a story.  I was playing make believe.  And that was that - I knew I wanted to make movies.  But I never wanted to tell anyone.  I didn’t want to hear people laugh when I told them I loved acting.  Or that I wanted to write a romantic comedy.  In my brain, it seemed unrealistic for a small town girl from Northern California.  So I kept my mouth shut.

I’m telling you now, some 20 years later, that that was the worst mistake I could have made. Keeping my mouth shut didn’t achieve a thing.  It just made the ache worse. When you have a dream, a dream that you want to achieve SO badly it hurts, then why on Earth would you not tell the world, the UNIVERSE that you want to do it?  My first mountaintop proclaimation was, “I’m going to film school.”  And you know what?  No one laughed.  When I went to film school and wanted an internship, I didn’t think, “there’s no WAY I can’t work at a studio.” Instead I applied to ALL the studios.  Weeks later, I was working at Paramount.  Years later, Warner Bros.  All because I didn’t take “no” for an answer.

I was a cyncial person for a long time.  I still battle with it on a daily basis.  When I graduated from college it was really easy to get back into the groove of thinking I was just another face in LA trying to make it in Hollywood.  How could I ever stand out?  Well, I’ll let you know a little secret they don’t tell people trying to make it big in the business - out of all those wannabe actors, directors and writers, 99% of them WILL GIVE UP.  They will get rejected, they will get a big “NO” in their face and they will tire of it, they will think it’s over and they’ll go back to school or start that damn backup career they never wanted.  It’s reality. We’re all only human in the end.  But there’s that 1% that holds on.  That 1% that doesn’t take “no” for an answer. They say FUCK YOU to the word “impossible.”  They say “IT WILL HAPPEN.”

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"It hurts sometimes more than we can bear. If we could live without  passion maybe we’d know some kind of peace… but we would be hollow…  Empty rooms shuttered and dank. Without passion we’d be truly dead."
- Joss Whedon (Writer/Director; Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV Series)

"It hurts sometimes more than we can bear. If we could live without passion maybe we’d know some kind of peace… but we would be hollow… Empty rooms shuttered and dank. Without passion we’d be truly dead."

- Joss Whedon (Writer/Director; Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV Series)

The Art of Storyboarding

By Kelsey Rude

So you want to direct a film?  Or maybe you want to direct a commerical, or a short film, a comedy sketch, a cartoon or even a web series. No matter what you want to direct, there is one thing as a director that I recommend you do above all else: STORYBOARD.

I know it sounds like a lot of work, but trust me it will make you a better director.  It will affect every aspect of your shoot - how your cameramen work with you, how organized your set stays and in post it will make or break a relationship with an editor.  A storyboard tells everyone involved, exactly how YOU envision the project.  If you’re the director, it’s your vision.  Even if you know what you want to do, no one else can see into your head.  So you have to tell them.

There are tons of ways to storyboard.  You don’t have to be an artist to storyboard.  I’ve taken art classes all my life and if you asked me to draw or paint an inanimate object or a landscape, I’d be pretty damn good with it.  But ask me to draw a person and it’ll look like a 6 year old did it.  Some people with artistic abilities actually spend their entire lives as storyboard artists and they can create storyboards that look like graphic novels.

Storyboard from an episode of “The Simpsons”

Storyboard from “Aliens vs. Predators”

Some storyboards are so long, they span the legnth of entire rooms

I can’t do that.  I don’t have the time.  So here are two ways I storyboard:

1. Stick figures.  You don’t need to be an artist to do this.  I like using stick figures because it isn’t as time consuming.  I make cells for each cut I want to make and include the type of shot, the action and dialog.  That’s just how I do it, because it helps me in the editing process to know where cuts go.

2. Barbies.  Yes, you heard me right.  I’m actually using Barbies right now to storyboard a short film I’m doing and I LOVE it.  It’s simple to do - harder if you have to hold the Barbies and take pictures yourself - and it’s great because it’s more realistic.  Sure, their faces don’t move, or their bodies much, but you can test our lighting and using tricks of perception, use actual sets and furniture to make them look like they’re actually life sized.  Print them out and you can add action, sluglines and dialog to scenes.

Good luck!

VIDEO: Making Digital Look Cinematic

Post By Tiffany Diamond

Being the Film nerd I am, I find myself looking at random videos on YouTube in regards to tricks for filmmaking magic. Since I just purchased the Canon XL2 I was excited to find the following videos (made with the same camera) in regards to making digital footage look cinematic. I wanted to share it with you in case any of you future filmmakers are looking to do the same thing on a budget. The first video shows you the difference in Digital vs Cinematic footage, while the second video is a tutorial on how to achieve the look. Hope you find it helpful!

Making Digital Look Cinematic

Color Correction Tutorial - Making Digital Look Cinematic

Sundance 2011 Official Selection: Short Films

By Tiffany Diamond

We’re currently working on FOUR short films to submit to Sundance for 2012. In doing so I researched the official selections for this year. They were inspiring and really got me excited to film. I hope you feel the same way! These were some of my favorites. Enjoy!

"CLOSE" (Good, def low budget but well done)

One night after a casual ‘visit’, Angela is all but ready to leave Derek’s apartment. Derek, however, is determined no to let her go without a fight.


"The High Level Bridge" (I liked this one)

Trevor drops his camera from Edmonton’s High Level Bridge in memory of those who have jumped.


"Andy & Zach" (I adored this short! It has the guy that plays Gabe on The Office-can we say hustle. But it’s a goodie. )

When Zach decides to move out, his roommate Andy tries to set up a new life without his best friend.

"Pandemic 41.410806, -75.654259" (Very cool and Creepy)

Bree and her little brother, Tyler, know that their parents awaken only at sundown and are capable of strange and dangerous nocturnal behavior, but Tyler is unwilling to leave them.

Official Selection Classic 2009: "Countertransference" (LOVED THIS! SO FUNNY I HAD TO INCLUDE IT)

A lonely woman with assertiveness issues finds her problems multiplied in therapy.

 “I can’t tell you the joy I’ve found through directing. I would love to  do something… I don’t know if I’m ready for a feature but that is  something that excites me, for sure. I’m into creating a world and a  vision.”-Eva Mendes

“I can’t tell you the joy I’ve found through directing. I would love to do something… I don’t know if I’m ready for a feature but that is something that excites me, for sure. I’m into creating a world and a vision.

-Eva Mendes

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