Yesterday I was watching some short films on the web. There was one done in India by a lone guy-- it wasn't exactly compelling, but it did have a story of sorts, and it was interesting to see what he did.
I was a little disappointed to see that he used a digital zoom, pan and tilt to fake a camera operator. I understand why he did it, but it ended up just looking hokey.
That's the big thing for me. I like to compose the shots, and I love a moving camera, but with a moving camera comes a trained eye to compose the shot, not even considering focus pulling, lighting, and the like. Even with static lighting and a deep focus, if I'm in front of the camera I can't see what the camera sees. And truth be told, I'm not the prettiest thing to be in front of a lens, I just use myself because I'm there.
Having someone else be my
The stuff I've been doing is pretty simple-- the most complex yet has been the silly little twins thing that I shot a couple of months back, and that was a few seconds worth of fluff-- but I'm getting into territory where something more complex is called for.
I'm not gonna shoot for a 24-hour film festival kind of thing yet. I don't know the intricacies of Darthcam well enough yet to be comfortable with shooting to a schedule, and that really means I need more practice.
At the same time, I'd like to make something that has a bit of a story to it. Something that has some entertainment value, even if it's just for a couple of minutes. Something with a beginning, middle, and end.
I could do it myself as a sort of personal film challenge. There's a lot to be said for that, as it would rather rapidly expose any weakness in the process. And if I screw something up, nobody ever has to know. It also puts me in front of the camera and exposes me to scrutiny through the objective eye. Trepidation, yo.
As much as I like the disconnected arty theme (remember the Video You Should Never Watch in The Ring?), I want to do something with a linear construct, something with a plan. This is to sharpen my skills more than anything, as well as getting me off my ass as a filmmaker.
Then again, doing something with others can be a lot of fun.
April starts tomorrow. Perhaps I should set a goal of having something put together by the end of April. That leaves four solid weeks to get my shite together, write, plan, shoot, edit, and postproduce.
Plenty of time.