So you have not had the benefit of rehearsal beyond what you might have gotten done in the auditions and callbacks; or what you worked out with the actor over dinner. You’re now standing on the set promptly at call time, 7:30 a.m. That’s your first mistake.
Let’s face it, there comes a time when we wish, even for a moment, that we could go back to being a kid. Being a kid was easy, fun, and filled with laughter and joy. Shouldn’t making films be the same? Here are 6 things I believe Filmmakers can learn from kids!
Zombie Fairytale Theatre revisits the classic Grimm Fairy tales with one small twist, zombies have invaded. As the prince goes to awaken the sleeping princess, he is surprised as the princess is already, “awake” and just a tad hungry…
Jon Ingold and Joseph Humfrey have been taking the concept of gamification and multimedia creation and turning it on its ear over there! Embracing the notions of multipath story creation that were birthed with things like Choose Your Own Adventure books and Fighting Fantasy Roleplaying books, they’ve created a toolkit that creatives can use to make amazing stories and multimedia experiences without having to know any code to…
In this third of a three part interview, director John Badham (Saturday Night Fever, War Games) sits down with Microfilmmaker Magazine to discuss his new book, John Badham on Directing, as well as what got him into directing, his thoughts on industry changes and his approach to directing.
In this second of a three part interview, director John Badham (Saturday Night Fever, War Games) sits down with Microfilmmaker Magazine to discuss his new book, John Badham on Directing, his thoughts on industry changes and his approach to directing in the midst of the technology upheaval.
In this first of a three part video interview revolving around his new book, “John Badham on Directing,” director John Badham (Saturday Night Fever, War Games) sits down with Microfilmmaker Magazine to discuss what got him into directing, his thoughts on industry changes and his approach to directing.
Anyone who has gone to film school would immediately see my quest as folly and be able to list dozens of reasons why a one character film was a poor cinematic choice. What’s great is that I never went to film school. What’s even greater is that once I decided on a one character film, I thought “what if I make a one location film?”
“What if it was an entire film that was one setup, a single shot with multiple angles?”
“How, by narrowing a story to its simplest could I explore greater creativity?”
This is also the point where I crossed feature-length off the list.
This idea of painting yourself into a box…
As we prepare for John Badham’s new book, John Badham on Directing, it seemed a great time to look at some advice from his last book, Creative Wars: I’ll be In My Trailer. This piece comes straight from John Badham’s experience as a director and it rings just as true for the microfilmmaker with a $3000 budget as it does for the Hollywood director with a $300 million budget. However, these rules are perhaps most important to the microfilmmaker, because a microfilmmaker doesn’t have a studio sending someone to babysit him on his film and, if he screws the rules up, he doesn’t have the financial resources to recast it…
The latest trend is to reach out with the same cutting edge technology to both consumers and pros alike, offering near or exact versions to both target markets. No more highly publicized example of this is Apple’s move with Final Cut X.
Writer/Director Edward Burns sat down with us at the Sundance Film Festival 2013 to discuss why he loves the freedom that comes with microbudget filmmaking, the compromises that are involved when working with less money, why digital distribution interests him more than conventional theatrical, using social media (primarily Twitter) to reach his audience and why he enjoys it.
The original Oculus short was so impressive that it stood at the top of the MFM shorts list for 18 months. Flanagan’s next feature, Absentia (which he raised money for on Kickstarter and shot with a 5D Mark II DSLR camera), received the first 10.0 for a feature in MFM’s history. Absentia would then go on a whirlwind festival tour and be released via video on demand, Redbox, and Netflix. Now we speak with Flanagan about his feature film version of Oculus which is slated for theatrical distribution in 2013!