And a question or two for the directors…
By: F.B. Wood
F.B. is currently a student at USC Upstate and a prolific writer. To quote his Twitter page, F.B. uses the written word to “smith together sentences for both fiction and ad-copy while simultaneously tending to the needs of my 3 year old daughter.”
The director is to the filmmaking process what a captain is to a boat. He guides his vessel through rocky seas and fruitful ports, reaching a fate that could keep him sailing forever or ride a hole-ridden ship to the bottom of the ocean. As you begin to embark on your endeavor of short film production, I’ve wondered:
- Do you think movie making is a hobby or has to be a passion?
- Director’s talk most about their vision, that there is a specific way in which the story needs be perceived. With six billion perceptions available in the world do you focus solely on your own vision or try to imagine a more universal design?
- Where does your idea generation come from? In the case of Expecting Goodness, you are asked to use an already published idea. Do you prefer to use inspiration from others or to bring to view your own ideas? Is it more difficult to flesh out your own ideas?
- Cameras, Actors, and Backdrops all come together in the process of movie making. Do you prefer actors you know or paid professionals? How easy is it pick a shooting location? Are there restrictions for shooting in certain places?
- When you do set sail and showcase your movie what is it you want the audience to walk away with after viewing your film?
- In the end If you were to win an award who would you thank and pay attribution too?
I ask these question selfishly as I do my best to play the Devil’s advocate. Some questions I am most curious about while some are key foundation points every director should solidify before moving forward. Both are intriguing as they come together creating a drive inside the director. Lights. Camera. Action. Let all of them see the vision as you see it, breathing it to life from the silver screen of your mind to the white-vinyl projection screen.