Principal at Stenbakken Media and always looking for ways to tell the story better.
Great read. Very good insights for those of us on the cusp of such a project.
Hmmm. Generally like NFS stuff. This… not as much.
I think that maybe what's going on here is that the compilers of these "most stunning" bring to the table their **feelings** and memories they have of the film and the associated emotions that came at the moment the visuals came up. The visuals themselves, by themselves, without context -- my opinion: not so awesome.
Some? Yes. Some of these are very cool shots all by themselves with no explanation needed. But divorced from their moment in the film, with no emotional context, it would be hard for me to call quite a few of them "stunning."
Say you're doing a DOCUMENTARY on Sci-Fi culture and there happens to be a "Star Wars" track playing in the background as a character horses around with her pals pre-show, no (according to my non-legal understanding and this article). But to lift the whole track and use it as the sound track bed for your home made sci-fi movie… definitely no. Probably not even a five second clip in your own sci-fi drama qualifies as fair use.
As mentioned in comments, this "fair use" thing is definitely limited to certain scopes of work and certain genre of film. Primarily, this is about DOCUMENTARY work. Think college essay on film. Quote a source (show a source) then credit source. If your whole essay is one giant quote from someone else, it's plagiarism. If you've done the same with a documentary, it's copyright infringement. But hey, I was an English teacher, not a lawyer!
Yup. Especially the last two points outlined in the article: Does it fit the job? (not everything is ripe for the Instagram filter look), and Oh, yeah. The client.
Great tips. Sleeper tool I had not used to full capacity.
Great article, Oakley (and NFS). There are some really good insights here. #4 really struck me since that's been tough for me with documentary. I've always struggled with the "they are doing ABC now; but I know they do XYZ sometimes and I **need** them to do XYZ for the shot! How do I do that?" Thanks for the post.