Lesson two – Action!
Hi boys badger women! This really is your next installment of free picture school. Within this lesson, we’re going to deal in what is probably the single most important point to making you a fruitful film maker; actually getting off of your duff, picking up a camera instead of simply doing this!
Matter of fact, if you presently possess a camera of some sort, why not you have a little break and then go out and shoot something. Go ahead! I’ll be here when you return again. We can talk story some more, but, go shoot!
Okay, you are back. Wasn’t this fun? This is the very best basis for doing such a thing, you know? Getting Fun. Matter of fact, that’s the secret formula; Fun equals Success! ….but, there I go jumping ahead film streaming vf .
You know there are so many wornout old quotes about motivation, but some of them are now correct. There are so many wannabe filmmakers who think about it, speak about it, learn about it, dream about it, write about it… but they never actually get it done! They never show up for this first shoot.
The longest journey begins with one step, and the many prosperous filmmaker must start out with shooting his first video or film. Now with high profile cameras in smartphones, there’s no reason anyone who wants to accomplish it, can’t make a movie. It all boils down to; do you really, really, need be a film maker? Yes, you do? OK, Why? What is the motivation? Corny, huh? I am aware of Well, this picture school is free, however you’ll have to pay for the price of having to put up with my poor sense of comedy and godawful puns. Still cheap.
Therefore today, I want to relate the main reason why I began making films. I figure if I reveal for you the way the guy who never even found a video camera in his life suddenly determined to get a film that continued to sell enough to, not just regain production expenses, yet to generate a steady revenue flow and keep attempting to sell all over the world, maybe that will inspire one to do the same. I am especially interested in that scene from Young Frankenstein where Gene Wilder finds a book in his grandfather’s library. I guess “Action!” Is more appropriate for film-school to encourage folks to simply take that step… therefore, ACTION!
I have started in digital video production really strange manner. Certainly not because I wished to, I had been ordered to. 1 day,. The owner of the restaurants, my supervisor, said to earn a TV commercial. He wanted me to hang a large flatscreen TV in front entrance of this restaurant and run a commercial about this, 24 hours a day, 7 days each week. He also explained to do it as fast as I am and, oh yeah, so don’t spend too much money!
So, I called Eric Jordan, the talented producer, cameraman, and editor of “Waikiki; Riding the Waves of Change” and also the soon to be released documentary, “Paving the Wave” Eric can be one heck of a nice guy. Eric resides in Yuba City, California, but he just been arriving over to Hawaii in a couple weeks.
Eric paid attention to me personally and agreed to picture also to edit the commercial for a sensible price. I really was joyful. My over bearing boss would be off my spine. I could relax. Then Eric said those fateful words “but you have to write the script and then lead it.
Well, I hadn’t ever written a script before, but I went ahead and started writing. I just wrote what I thought that the camera needs to see, step-by-step. I tried to give specific instructions on paper for the way the camera needs to move in or go out, fade in or fade out, and delivered it to Eric by email. Now, naturally, I did not have any idea regarding traditional script arrangement, so I ought to use courier font, or really, any type of clue in any way. I only knew what I wanted the commercial to look like and I put it down in writing. Sometimes ignorance could become a incentive. That you don’t know how you are “supposed” to do something, so you simply go on and get it done!
Eric see the script and he liked it, therefore we setup the shoot. The day before the shoot, the master gave me his input “I want one to demonstrate a closeup shot at the lobster tank and also have a waiter dipping live lobsters outside of the tank”
Well, that will have been nice and dandy, except the cheap bastard I worked for had a grungy looking lobster tank 20 yrs of age. It was piled in the corner of a darkened and dim waiter channel, all developed with crusted salt. The damn thing didn’t start looking at all appealing in reallife. It absolutely wouldn’t seem good as a closeup onto a giant screen TV!
I told Eric what the master wanted and I said “Eric, we can not do so, that firkin’ thing is nasty, but I have an idea for a thing that will show we have live lobsters, ” and it will allow the video a feeling of place for several of the tourists!” The afternoon of the shoot, we took a large bucket of and put two huge lobsters in it. We walked down to the beach and gave them into Fritz, a handsome Waikiki navigate instructor. “Fritz”, I said “if you help me out, you may keep them both and see to your girlfriend into a soggy dinner to night whenever you get work off.”
Fritz put on my own mask and snorkel, waded from the shore,
under the ground plus we filmed him a few occasions, coming up out of the ocean with two kicking and live Maine lobsters in his hands, enormous grin on his face. Throughout the shoot we’d some out takes of Fritz cavorting around just like a school kid with those poor crustaceans. He had been putting them and making fun of his co-workers. He shouted “This is my friend, Lumpy and also this is my friend Bruce!” The fact that individuals are all playing and laughing around made the whole thing seem, nothing like job, but only like having a good time at the shore.
Eric and I took a few more typical Hawaii shots of palm trees and canoes (Eric known these as “B-Roll Shots”), then we moved back to the restaurant and taken the chef chopping vegetables, turning food around into a skillet with flames, and some shots of happy clients at a desk. Everybody had fun with this specific shoot too. I held two shop lights Eric and observed him together with his camera work while we were in kitchen. Eric reported the incandesent bulbs will add greater warmth compared to only the flourescents in the kitchen ceiling. He had been right. At the close of the fire I couldn’t believe how incredibly glad I had been. It was really interesting for me personally to do something aside from waiter programs, inventory, schmoozing clients, over seeing hamburgers, and schlepping grub.
2-3 weeks after, Eric sent me the DVD. I popped it in the DVD player to your TV that I had mounted and started playing it at the entry of this restaurant. I was surprised at the production caliber that we’d achieved with an electronic video camera, non professional talent, and typical store lights! Folks walking by the restaurant stopped in their tracks and watched the whole lot. Many of them came indoors to dine. It played again and again in a loop and business climbed by 30% overnight!
My boss has been really pleased with the results, ” he told me to create another commercial for the other restaurant across the road and mount a large flatscreen TV out that entry too. Sure, I’ll get it done, however you must create a script and lead it. Incidentally, I really liked the way the previous shoot worked out so well, you’re pretty good at this!” I had to admit too, I was having great fun directing and writing.
I was such as Frankenstein’s Monster using a large huge smile on his green head when he discovers fire : “Arrgggh, Creativity GOOD!”
The second commercial we left came out looking equally impressive. This time, I started picking Eric’s brain only a bit more concerning his camerawork, roughly video editing, and about his adventures since filmmaker. I did not know it, but the film insect had only bitten me. I knew I was having a blast, but I did not realize that I was hooked.
About this time around, I started to experience a few burnout and disillusionment with my favorite career as restaurant manager. I had been working 6 days a week, working every holiday, working late nights for more than twenty decades. I had been usually on call by phone 24/7. I was constantly used and mistreated by way of a megalomaniac restaurant owner who didn’t seem to give a rodent’s derriere just how many millions of dollars I had made him. He’d call me late at night, waking up from a dead sleep, simply to let me do something that had just popped into his mind. Something he can just have sent me a message about, or called me in the morning. Final straw? He tried to convince me to accomplish his own son’s school assignments!