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What is filmmaking? Filmmaking involves a number of stages that includes screen writing, idea, casting, lighting, shooting, editing, and screening. All of which I never had a single clue on what to do and or how to make it.
Why filmmaking? I had been asked by one or two of our handsome instructors before fully deciding to enroll. Why filmmaking? Is it something I’m subconsciously unaware of liking? Is it a passion that I may find a good path to? I don’t know if I can remember it right, all I said was “because I see a couple of friends making videos and I’m a little curious how to make one”.
That curiosity grew every single day I’m at school. The beauty in creating a short video to tell a story and getting that idea across through moving pictures is fun and tormenting. Fun, because I am directing it and seeing my actual thoughts come to life is the sexiest part. But getting that first shot is torture. What to do for lighting? Where should I put the camera? Prioritizing shots, getting everything on schedule and a whole lot more. And we haven’t got to the juicy part of editing yet. Oh post!
I have constantly reminded that film might be a good avenue to have my creative juice flowing. That pen and ink is not the only thing my right brain is good at. Film will challenge you, a good friend once told me. And that’s coming from someone with far more experience in the industry.
And I assured her, because, I fell in love. It’s like having first dates with film. Every day I have something new to look forward to. Every day film challenges me to do more and to think more. It’s constantly evolving and it’s just maddening. Camera, production design, lighting, editing and sound are one of many lovely things to learn about film. And it doesn’t stop there. My first two videos were screened. Had a good reaction coming from the audience and that is something. It’s a great feeling. That feeling of appreciation from all the sleepless nights and tons of consumed coffee.
Now, I got tons of new tricks on my not so tattooed sleeves. I am ready for a new project. So where is sexy (referring to 85mm lens)? Let’s make some movies.