Thank You Everyone

This post is to thank all of my followers. I am writing to let you know that i will be taking a break from posting anything here but i will be back in the near future.

Again thank you for your support. I wish all of you the best and hopefully the next time you hear from me i will have a job working on films.


Documentary making: the final chapter

After making the rough cut of my documentary and turning it in to my teacher i received back a sheet with all of her notes on the piece so far. I already knew that a lot more work needed to be done but afe=ter receiving those notes there is much more than i anticipated. 

The teacher and i met individually away from the class and we discussed some ideas. One main idea was that i should change the order around in my documentary and that the opening need to be more interesting and eye catching. We agreed that the nike Air Jordan 1 commercial from 1985 was a great way to open. That commercial can be found here

I have since edited the documentary and just need to add the final touches to it before it will be finalized and ready to be turned in. Once i get all of that done i will surely update you and add a link to it so my audience who has been with me through out the process can watch it. I hope to get a lot of feed back on it and look forward to your comments.

Ill tell you one thing and that is that making a documentary takes a lot of time and can be very hard to remain interested throughout the whole project. Make sure the topic of you film is not only gonna be interesting to your audience but to you as well as it takes a lot of energy. I encourage anyone who is interested in making a documentary to do so as there is a market and audience for anything these days. It also helps that we are alive in the time where there is so many different ways to market your project and keep your audience growing. I plan to make many more documentaries from today on and i also now know the time and effort it takes to do so.

Net Neutrality and what exactly it is

Net Neutrality  is the principle that internet service providers and governments should treat all data on the internet equally, not discriminating or charging differentially by user, content, site, platform, application, type of attached equipment, and modes of communication.

The FCC announced that they would propose new rules to allow major companies like Netflix and Google to pay cable companies  more money for faster service to send video and other products to customers. This means that if you can’t afford to pay for the faster lanes your company will be lacking in service and the customers will view your service as inferior. 

As someone who may one day make films and want to use the internet to stream them i am highly opposed to this new proposal by the FCC. Not only will this affect me but it will affect everyone else as well. The Obama administration has invested a lot of time and mont into children development to make sure they have the skills to succeed. 

This proposal will make all that time effort and money a waste. Lets hope that the Congress and other administrations can find a way to keep net neutrality alive and kill the FCCs proposal.

Crowdfunding for your film

When it comes to campaigning your film crowndfunding is a very important aspect. And one of the major parts of this campaign is your pitch video. This could single handedly be the most important part of your campaign.

You pitch video is essentially your elevator pitch to someone about your idea. It where you need to get across who you are, what your film idea is, and why people should care about your project enough to help you fund it. This is important because it is what helps you raise funds to help make your project. 

As the filmmaker you want to be in your pitch video. Campaigns with a pitch video make at least 100% more than a campaign with out a pitch video. Keep your video fun, loose, informative, and from 2 1⁄2 to 3 minutes in length. Indiegogo a indiefilm website has released a handbook on crowd funding. That hand book can be found here

This is a short excerpt from one of the chapters from the book:


1. Introduction – Tell us about yourself.

2. Pitch – Tell us about your film project, and include the following:
• Logline – What’s your story in one sentence? Be succinct here, and feel free to add details later.
• Purpose – What’s the point of the campaign? Is it for production? Post-production? Theatrical distribution?
• Perks – What’s something unique you’re offering in return? Entice your funders.

3. Showcase – Show us what you can do as a filmmaker. Maybe share a few clips of your past work, or some footage from the project at hand.

4. Call to Action – Don’t leave your crowd hanging. You need to tell them what to do next – and that’s to contribute.


Camera motions and effects

The camera motions that occur through out a film can make the film either more appeasing to the eye or can make a viewer sick.

Having a stable camera is important but also making sure the movement is smooth. When paning and tilting it is important to keep the movement very smooth and steady. Also when doll ting or trucking you want the movement to be smooth because if not it will look choppy and unprofessional.

At the same time a home movie type feel can be effective as well. Even though I am not a fan of this style it can be utilized to make the viewer feel like they are in the action and that the camera is not causeing the subjects to become more like actors. In a film perspective this type of film can be seen in the Blair witch project and clover field. Unfortunately these movies make a lot I people feel motion sickness.

When deciding what style it is important to keep in mind that it will effect the mood and how people perceive the point of view in the film.

When making a documentary this style is known as cinema Verite and many famous pieces have been in this style. This is used to become more personal with the subject as well as making it seem more formal.

Documentary pt 5

Just to update everyone, i am finally editing my documentary together and it is not an easy process. First I transcribed all my interviews so that i would know what is said and where exactly it was said. This definitely helped when i started to edit it together. I was able to read through the transcript and find what statement i needed. I was then able to just pull up that clip and edit the sound clip that i need.

Other than that everything else about this process is proving to be difficult. I sit in the editing room and I just draw a blank. I know how i want my documentary to be but i am struggling to put it all together. 

To start, when i first went to sit down and edit; all of my footage was missing. I started to have a panic attack but after searching the whole computer only to find nothing i decided to ask for help. After my footage was found i sat down and started to work. I began the documentary with an introduction to how the sneaker culture was born. I used clips of Michael Jordan such as when he was drafted, an air jordan commercial, and his infamous dunk from the 1988 dunk contest. 

The schools studios were closing and i needed to have a rough cut to turn in the next day so i decided to get up early the next day and continue. I got about 11 minutes of footage layed down and decided to call it a day. I knew that it was a very rough cut but decided i should turn it in anyway.

I definitely have a lot of work of work to do and i only have a little bit of time. Have any of my readers struggled with putting a story together and if so how did you get started?