In making any commercial, film, or documentary, everyone will experience location issues. My friend is trying to get me the location that I’m eyeing for, but is having a hard time reaching out to the people. So either I try to guerilla it and make the most out of it about 6 am, then wait to get kicked out or not do it at all.
People say to do it anyways, but I’m a very considerate person where I hate to waste anyone’s time. This location is very specific to my vision and it’s a need. What do I do?
I have most of the props, the outfits, and the people lined up to help create this commercial. It’s a very simple shoot actually and I’ve already storyboard the core of the shots. After that, I’m opened to improvised shots if time permits.
I guess check out my update blog to know what I’m gonna do on Sunday =)
Please do check out www.gazefashion.com. They given us a selection of clothing to use for their commercial and it’s looking hot!
A new company called “Gaze Fashion” at www.gazefashion.com have came out with some great looking Asian Style clothing. I was asked to shoot and direct a commercial for the company. We went scouting around west NJ today 9-10-11 and found some awesome places. I had a few ideas in mind on what I wanted to portray and the story I wanted to convey. I spent a few hours finding the music that would fit perfect to the story.
I saw this spot a year ago and I always kept a mental note to myself that I’m going to use this place one day for something. I think this story fits this location perfectly. Now it’s about planning it the pre-production properly so on the day we shoot, everything goes smoothly.
I was watching some interviews on the web from Steve Weiss, Vincent Laforet, and others on the web and it seems that every interview, they all have something to say about certain “filmmakers”. In my opinion, yes, anyone can become a filmmaker, but I think those who try to do it “professionally” should take responsibility. Just because you bought a camera, a few lenses, tripod, and etc, does not mean you are a Director of Photography / Cinematographer. You have to do your homework and understand how photography works. You have to understand what certain filters do, why we use shutter speeds of 1/50 for at 23.976 fps (the 180 rule), and color temperature.
What happens is that, those ignorants charge far less than the professionals and takes the job away from those who are qualified to do the work “professionally”. Yes, I can understand a filmmaker on a budget. Yes I can understand some DP’s may “overprice” themselves. But those who just jumped right in, didn’t do their homework, and think they can make any money from it got it all wrong. If you don’t know how to give texture to an HD footage, or achieve a certain look that the director wants, then that’s not the job for you. It just means that you need to do more homework and practice more.
As a Director / Producer / Writer / Cinematographer, I’ve put in thousands of hours worth of studying and work and I still feel I’m not quite there yet to the high end pros. But I know I am much better than I was a year ago in filmmaking. Yes, winning awards help with encouragement, but it doesn’t stop me from becoming even better and challenging myself.
If you want to be good at something, you better put the time and practice and invest into it. If I hire someone and I’m doing the job of the cinematographer, I can bet you that he/she will not be on my set the next time around if the price was unreasonable.
Anyways, that was just my thoughts of what I think when someone ask the question, “Can anyone become a filmmaker?”.
I wanted to keep my creative juices flowing as I’m spending a lot of time building another short film and writing my feature. So I asked my friend Chris Wilcox and my Fiance to go out and shoot. Initially the theme was finding loneliness, but as we were shooting, I felt the direction would lead more to Nostalgia.
It’s only a 2 minute short, but we spent about 9 hours in Asbury Park trying to shoot it. The reason is because it was only 3 of us. We brought too much equipment and it was very hard to lug around. Then yet, we didn’t know what we were going to shoot so I thought it would be better to have more than to have less. Second, our subject Sammi Nguyen (who did a great job) had no intentions in being my actress. She was going to tag along and read her book on the beach. So everything was really unplanned and just did things that came to us.
It was a fun day and very inspirational on my end to do more things. When you feel your creativity is drying up a bit because of the same routine lifestyle, it’s good to do things out of the ordinary. I feel it makes you better and inspires you to do more fun things in life. Don’t get me wrong, I do a lot of pre-viz work and pre-production before I even step foot on set. But this was a different case.
I have a few upcoming projects before the year is out and hope that 2012 will be another successful year in achieving my goals. I hope you get to watch this 2 minute short.
2x Canon 5d Mark II
50mm Canon and Zeiss
85mm Canon and Zeiss
100mm Canon Macro
Pocket Dolly and Atlas slider
Lightcraft ND filters
Bandage to tape my 4×4 filter to my 4×5 redrock mattebox