Here's one, pull together a cast and crew and make sure they all understand you are the "director".
Have no shot list, a script that is more of a short story outline, tell no one what you want done, then sit and watch everyone set up for the first take of the first shot on the first day.... and watch... and check your cell phone... and watch... Until one of the actors finally says to you "This is the point where you say "Action."...
By noon the actors revolted and asked someone else to be director. Great learning experience to watch someone else do that, but damn glad it wasn't me. That cast and crew will never work with that "director again, even though he gone on to get his MFA in film since.
Started to watch video and quickly decided it was a waste of time. Far to choppy to analyze what the new changes really mean.
I like the way they kept using fake machine gun sounds to make everyone think that an AR-15 if a full auto weapon.
Also, having an actor say how everyone at the range is a middle aged white guy just like him was pretty cool also. And then having him top it off by saying he couldn't wait to kill someone was a primo bonus!
And having the guy watching the police video intently definitely helped sell the impression that this guy is a psychopathic wannabee killer!!!
But it really maxed out when he got into "anyone can buy an AR, you just walk in and give them the money and they give you one!"
Great tips on how important "selling" your story is compared to how much you actually have to spend to create a fictional work!
Honestly, I think the "romantic nostalgia" of shooting on S8 is vastly overrated. I have about 2,000 feet of S8 shot back when S8 was all there was. That includes about 500 feet of professionally shot film from Hawaii Sea Life park and other places that used to sell them as "souvenirs."
It is horrible stuff to watch, with some having grain the size of baseballs unless viewed on a 8x10" piece of paper.
Shooting on S8 doesn't magically make you a better film maker. You can get the exact same experience with modern equipment, and far cheaper, by using proper filming discipline; plan your shots carefully, and if you want to limit length, prefill the SD card with a garbage file so you only have room for 5 minutes of 640x480 resolution.
Just my not so humble opinion. Your mileage may vary...
If you cant buy it yet then it isn't really cheaper is it.
Maybe I'm too old school, but to me most of the images in the "Balance between light and dark" lost impact with the changes. I felt the image for this section in the article above lost 90% of it's impact and became a mishmash with the addition of light space to the left side of the image.
I did see the change in impact attained by flipping the image horizontally though. I gives me pause to consider whether this may be why some images that seemed so strong when I shot them lost impact when they "hit the page." I'll have to go back through some of these shots and see if they gain the impact back by flipping them.