I’m happy! I’m happy with the progress our group has made so far.
We have locations, we have actors in mind, all our roles have been decided and most importantly, we have a Script! And we are very happy with the script so far. We know we still have a long way to go and we know the script we have at the moment will by no means stay the same but we are just pleased we have something to work with.
As a group, I believe, we are off to a great start. We all get a long, we are all able to contribute and get our own say and we have all given an even amount of work into our project. We are all committed and it is clear. We all respond when we send sms’s and we meet up very often and everyone shows up. I am pleased with all of that.
The way we have worked so far is that we send our latest drafts into Robin and we responds back with his own creative ideas. His input so far has been undeniably helpful and we are grateful for that.
For myself personally I still feel I can get a lot more done. I think I have done as much work as everyone else so far but i think if we want this film to be successful I have to put even more input into the group. I can sometimes be a little passive and let other people have the say but at the end of the day I am the director and I have to make the final, important decisions about the film and the direction we want to take it in. Despite this, I think everything has gone to plan so far.
I couldn’t imagine that we would have a finished script. We do not only have a script but we have booked in our day of shooting which is only several weeks away. Its definitely nerve racking but my oh my, its exciting!!!
Alright, I’m inspired and truly blown away. I saw a movie a couple of nights a go that just impressed me so much and made me want to make movies. It got me really excited about creating our short film for this semester.
The film is ‘This Must be the Place’ which is directed by Paolo Sorrentino and stars Sean Penn. So many aspects of the film inspired me I don’t even know where to start. But I’ll start with the directing element and how powerful the filmmaking was and the incredible choices the filmmaker made. The thing that stood out for me the most was the cinematography. The camera work was insane!! It just continued to move and roam throughout the duration of the film. It very rarely was stagnant and was almost always moving. It gave the sense that the camera was a character itself. It also took the audience out of the film and let us step back and see what the film really was and what it was all about. The pans, dollies, tracks all contributed to this ever-moving effect. There were multiple crane shots which provided breathtaking views. It was so experimental it just made me, as a director, excited. It has offered me a breath of fresh air and a whole new idea of what filmmaking can be about.
The choice to have Sean Penn act the way he did was also very interesting. He had been critiqued for his over-exaggerated, over-played role as Cheyenne. I personally thought it was a beautiful performance and a great directorial choice. It added a whole other dimension tot he storytelling. He was just so weird it was beautiful. The fact he was so full on makes the audience think and ponder in ways they wouldn’t have if Sean didn’t act teh way he did.
The location and settings were beautiful. The director really played with the idea of the road trip genre. The camera, music, colours and acting gave us the feeling of this journey to find ones self.
The music was probably my favourite aspecpt of the entire film. it brought everything to life. It picked the pace of the film up and really played with our emotions and thoughts. Without the soundtrack the film would have been completely different. Such interesting sounds and songs that matched the surroundings and locations and sometimes didn’t.
All in all, it was a very challenging film but one that really got me thinking out side the box for my own filmmaking and directing. I sat through to the end of the credits and it really struck a chord.
Very enjoyable, very inspring…see it!
I think we will use this kettle for our film. The style and colors match out time period and setting. Just sayin!