I just want to make movies
Last week I was on my first commercial set. I was scared but excited! It was my first time working as a DP! I couldn't believe it! My gaffer lit the Lexus with a great big light! I saw my ACs and OPs adjusting the camera on the technocrane. I glanced at the monitor and thought back to a decade old article on nofilmschool. It was about some old DP named Christian and embracing your imperfections. As the director yelled action I threw a c-stand in front of the car. The director yelled "CUT!" I was waiting to get beaten up. Would I ever work again? My dad was right... I am a failure. Then I heard "PRINT IT" The AD yelled "Moving on assholes!" I couldn't believe! The next shot I left stingers draped across the picture car and a tripod in the front seat! "CUT! PRINT!" I was embracing my imperfections! The director turned to me after we wrapped. He carefully said "How did it look?" I responded "What do you mean? Weren't you watching the monitor?" He said he was blinded the other day by mistaking contact solution with nail polish remover. I realized I was doomed. Damn you nofilmschool! Damn you Christian Sprenger for making me try something new! I even took my time to dig through years worth of nofilmschool articles to find this one! I hope you're happy!
I once was filming in the middle of the ocean and my c300 died (I was getting reckless with it). Not sure what to do because I was filming sharks. The underwater unit was pretty deep and the other boat was going to miss the epic shark shot. So I dished out my iphone and filmed it. When I looked at the dailies it looked phenomenal! After the colorist did a pass it just looked like I used a wide lens on a deep stop. I haven't tried much since. A friend of mine shot this movie, Tangerine, on an iphone 5. The look went well with the genre. It needed the gritty 70's feel. I want to see how this one holds up on a sound stage in a controlled environment. Everyone blames your work for looking good on the camera. Imagine instead of saying you shot on an Alexa or Red you could say it was shot on an iphone. That would be a lot of fun!
I just keep having an issue with focus on their previous 35mm. The gears are slow at times. If this is corrected I'm so down for this! They are doing an incredible job bringing us these specs at this price, those are just my thoughts. Just recently $500 would get you nothing. I can't wait to try out their cinema line. And if Samyang is reading this please pump out a killer 27mm!
Working free like your mentors? Products that don't sell? Making fun of someone for living in a fantasy world?
These do not sound like the words of a filmmaker. It's about having fun and challenging yourself. It's a privilege to have a mentor. And guess what, if that "mentor" is asking for money. It's probably because they desperately need the money and they don't have a career to rely on.
Products that don't sell? Why don't you go back to business school because it sounds like you're not having fun doing whatever you're doing.
By the way I hope I never leave my fantasy world or else I will not be a good filmmaker. How else are you supposed to have an imagination. NoFilmSchool was there when I needed it most. These authors are just trying to spread knowledge. If you don't support that, then don't visit this site.
Last night I found this article and quickly printed them out. I was so excited, I was finally going to write, act, direct and produce my first feature! I lit my oil lamp on my desk and inked my quill. Alone in the dark I started filling out my name across the documents. I was getting to think filmmaking was hard work when I came across something strange... some of the dates were etched in the document. In the dark I fumbled for my magnifying glass, my hand came across a small glass box then I found it. I inspected the date, it read 2003. Confused, I read it again: 2003. I couldn't believe it. I glanced at my calendar which read 1878. Dumbfounded I walked outside and smoked my pipe. All I wanted to do was film a small project called "Horse In Motion." But I had stumbled upon something greater... Was I about to become the first filmmaker and lead a revolution of art? I'm sure there will be a sign somewhere saying EadWeard MuyBridge Productions! Everyone will come by and watch my films! Wait a minute... How did I access the internet? How did I get to this forum? Will I ever get to make "Horse In Motion 2: Money Never Sleeps"?
I tried this recently with Batman V Superman. Little did I know what I had put into motion. I couldn't wait for the movie! Snyder might've slipped up with Man of Steel but surely he could nail down Batman! The characters have existed since before my great grandparents were banging! So I closed my eyes and sealed my ears till the big day! My friends would post the trailers or comments about the film on facebook so I deleted them and their family! I couldn't risk this! It's batman afterall! Finally the day had come! I had bought the tickets back in July! While in line, dressed as batman, I saw a little boy ahead of me with a batman cape. I smiled remembering when I was a child seeing Adam West on big screen as- just then the boy pulled out his batmobile! The little bastard! He spoiled the batmobile! One of the coolest cars to look forward to in every batman movie! I hid myself from light to avoid spoilers and there was this stupid kid! So I walked over and picked the car out of his hands and threw it in the street where a car ran it over. I laughed and his mother looked to me horrified as she took off with her son. I yelled "Maybe you teach that kid not spoil shit!"
Finally! I was sitting in the theater! Then the worst happened! Batman murdered people who were screaming for their lives! Who's Social Network supposed to be playing? Lex Luther!? THIS IS WRONG! If only I saw the trailer I could've avoided this filth! I yelled "NOOOOOO!" Just then I saw the little brat again with his mom, this time they brought the police! I got up, my cape was caught on my seat choking me. The cop ran over and grabbed my wrist. I swung and missed his face. Another cop grabbed me! I started to yell and scream. Everyone watched me kick and scream in my sweaty batman suit. I watched the screen as Batman yelled "Martha" I screamed to the audience "MARTHA!" as I was marched away by the police.