Making scummy films in New York
I'm a big fan of Cinestyle myself!!!! I'd recommend it, I was a bit nervous to put ML on my camera haha. Cinestyle was easy to put on and has worked well for me.
Cameron, I did tell my friends after that the film wasn't for school haha and after I made the first one haha. After the first film all my friends wanted to help. Maybe I was lucky to have friends who were all dilettantes in a way. A bunch of my friends were into movies or music or art in someway, so it wasn't too tough. Getting actors is easiest... You can figure lighting as you go.. look into ADR for sound! I did a super 8mm film where I did ADR for the whole entire film... It was scary but wasn't as bad as I thought- you can get actors to record voice into an iphone and you can get footsteps, background etc on your iphone as well. Look into that if you want to eliminate sound guy. And you're right- don't worry about gear too much, I have been shooting with a DSLR and just produced a film for a friend to shoot on 16mm, and directing my first 16mm film in a couple weeks...
I'm not like a super accomplished filmmaker I have a lot to learn, I'm just on the way so I'd ask for more opinions than mine haha. 99% of extraverts would love to be in front of camera.. I'd find a witty friend who's not camera shy and write a simple script with them in mind.
Michael, I have been very torn about UNCSA and have been thinking of applying for a while! I am 23 (would be going on 24 next school year) and I feel a bit older to be hanging around a bunch of 18 year olds... Think it's still a good option? That school kills it and I've been tossing around applying there since last year actually.
I started making skate films in highschool, went to college for photojournalism and dropped out and started making narrative films. I dropped out two years ago and am now five months into living in NY to pursue filmmaking.... It's been a tough road but it is moving! I moved from my small city in North Carolina after having gotten some films into middle tier festivals. It was hard to find committed likeminded people to work with in NC. Here in New York I am just beginning to really find my place and am working on shooting my next short film in a month....
All that being said film school would have been AMAZING to have likeminded people to work with I just couldn't afford it. Start making films RIGHT NOW as you have a lot to learn, and the better your portfolio the better people will want to work with you.
Lastly lie to your arty friends and say the short film you wana make is for a class- I did this because I was too shy to act like a director haha, but people seem more receptive if they feel theyre helping you out with school (which is kinda lame but true)
This was refreshing.
Weird, sorry about the links...
Thanks so so much for taking the time for feedback!! It is a huge help.