Netflix and Amazon should open up their own theatres. They have the money/real estate. Subscribers get discounted tickets, food, drinks etc. They could hold special events like Q&A's with the filmmakers, 'Original' premieres; make it a spectacle again. Theatres don't need to be innovative to get audiences buying tickets, they need to be cheaper. And if the old guard is worried about streaming services joining the party then maybe they should focus on creating original films and championing independent talent instead of the glut of reboots, remixes and re-hashes. If you build it they will come.
I totally agree with you. It is the directors job to find the best way to tell the story through blocking and composition. This is also a standard practice in the industry, its called a 'pre-vis'. As for how an editor learns to feel where to cut, you do that by editing. Its the same for a painter, writer or musician or any craftsman. You have to do the thing to get good at it. Whilst I can appreciate what this series and the guys who made it are trying to do, this episode has just found a solution to a problem that didn't exist. Most scripts do not contain blocking information unless you are working with a 'shooting script' which will have information on shot type (wide, mid, close up etc). But it is still the directors vision which will interpret how the scene will be shot. 9 times out of 10 this will be decided weeks in advance and on high end productions you will more than likely have pre-visualised it. But then you're all on set you have to have an open mind and if something isn't working, you try stuff right there and then. So many great moments in classic films only exist because of 'happy accidents'.
Nothing new under the sun.
Me three, I despise that term. I am a film maker. Although I have created my fair share of 'content'. It paid my bills, but never stirred my heart. My advice to anyone starting out... Make films, not content. And stay away from Ad men/women. They will corrupt your soul. Second piece of advice, don't listen to me. Let your own experiences shape you as a filmmaker
This article made me smile. A couple of things you could try Leigh are as follows;
Over-light your subject - use a key light that is strong enough (say an 800w or higher) to light your subject whilst still being able to expose your background. This way you can get an exposure for both. As a personal preference I always like to use a softbox on my key-light.
Use ND's - Doing the above and using ND filters will allow you to maintain your
F-stop whilst giving more detail to the background. It will also give you more control over the entire image and won't blow your highlights.
Use diffusion, gels, blacks, skrims - will further allow to control and shape the light you are working with. Use them on windows etc.
Know the bearings of where you are filming and use a sun calculator to plot the path of the sun in relation to where you are - If you know where the sun is going pass by in your frame, you can plan around it and if you're lucky make use of it. Shooting an interview during golden hour can lend beautiful qualities to your image and deepen the mood of the piece.
Finally get lucky! - If you plan enough for your shoot, things more than likely will go right and you will find yourself getting lucky because you planned in advance. If shit does hit the fan then as you know you can always cut around it :)
I do a lot of corporate shoots in the city and only today had to do all of the above to get what I needed. Last year I also shot a documentary about an artist. I had grand visions of lighting his studio, however in reality there was paint every where and the first time I put them up they bugged him out. In the best way possible I was forced to shoot with natural light. Best part, he was a painter so his studio was filled with light for him to paint. This also brings me back to the title of the article; as I didn't want to impose myself into his world or effect the scene in anyway. If I had, I wouldn't have been able to "hunt".
You can have a look at it here https://vimeo.com/120142633
The best advice I could give about "hunting" is get to know your subject, try and spend as much time with them without the camera. Learn what makes them tick and observe them. Then you can anticipate what they're going to do and pick off your shots and getting what you need to tell the story your telling.
Hope that helps you out on your journey!