Acting

Acting is an art, and a difficult one to master. Good actors are able to fully embrace their roles, placing themselves completely in the mindsets of their characters. This goes beyond memorizing a few lines and acting out specific gestures. There are multiple ways to approach acting which appeal to different actors depending upon their experience and the specific role. None are specifically right or … Continue reading Acting

Behind the Scenes: Backwards Fight Scene

Things look cool when they break in reverse. But the biggest draw to attempt this short was the challenge of telling a story backwards without giving away everything too quickly. Thus we have “ekatsim ehT”, which alongside achieving that goal also gives me my first realistically fast-paced fight scene. The entire video is not in reverse, a decision I made when I wrote the new … Continue reading Behind the Scenes: Backwards Fight Scene

Preparation Time

Ideally we look to approach film projects gradually, and with enough time beforehand to plan a large majority of the details involved. Note that I didn’t say all of the details involved. And it’s right there that this process gets a little tricky: what is the right amount of planning? The Stages of Planning Like so many of the other posts that I’ve written, I … Continue reading Preparation Time

Behind the Scenes: Short Cuts

“They say you shouldn’t put too many quick cuts in your videos.” It’s generally a good rule in filmmaking, and so we took that premise and flipped it around. The end result is “Short Cuts”, a fast-paced and over-the-top short which had numerous obstacles barring its completion before we even started to film. The goal was for each cut to be less than two seconds … Continue reading Behind the Scenes: Short Cuts

Directing Micro-Budget Films

Making videos is expensive. Making feature-length films is astronomically more expensive. When we typically think of a ‘low-budget’ film, costs range somewhere around the lower millions. Even with the classification of ‘micro-budget’, that figure still graces the ten-to-hundred-thousands. By comparison to Hollywood blockbusters these are certainly much cheaper classifications, but to the average perspective filmmaker they are still very major investments. In the sense of … Continue reading Directing Micro-Budget Films