How To: Identify Your Shooting Style

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King of BGuest Blogger: Lamont Jack Pearley

How To: Identify Your Shooting Style

For a good fraction of us, we as independent filmmakers can identify our shooting style early, do to the fact that we “write it, shoot it, and work it” ourselves in many cases. That being said, with full creative control and a very small budget, your thought process should be: how could I tell a compelling visual story with little to know resources… well I’ll tell you. I’ll start with giving you an example of how I shot my independent film KING OF B. There is a scene where my main character has an altercation with Harrison Ford and I don’t know Harrison Ford, nor can I afford Harrison Ford. So my dilemma was, how do I shoot a scene with someone who I don’t have access to and have it play out reasonably enough? Okay, if you’re a true filmmaker you know that production is really nothing more than problem solving, quick problem solving, thinking on your feet, thinking on your glutes, not allowing a situation to disrupt the creation of the project and finding ways out of problems that go beyond dumping money into them.

King of BSo I had to think fast, I had to be creative or I could lose my audience.  Then it came to me, my movie is a fictional dark comedy about the fictional Kevin Schmitz, an aspiring actor, who takes his craft seriously and believes he is his idol Kurt Russell. Losing all sense of reality, Kevin ends up in a psychiatric facility. In this facility it’s discovered that Kevin has Grandiose Delusional Disorder.  Since this is a dark comedy, I made the decision to have my character look directly into the camera and have it out with Harrison Ford, from Ford’s point of view.  To do something like this more than once is either a mistake or poor compensation for not having a budget. We don’t make mistakes and we don’t compensate, we create. Now I had to re-think the rest of my film visually. I made that the story style of my film. All the players pretty much had moments where they spoke directly into the camera. This made it a style, a good style that served the story and the characters.

King of BKeep one thing in mind, no matter what you do visually, the basic is and always will be telling a good story, but if you need to alter how you tell the story based on a lack of funding or support from certain individuals (like crew with gear or A-list actors), this can be extremely fun and you can find a shooting technique that you wouldn’t have otherwise discovered.

Contributed exclusively for Film Anthropology by LAMONT JACK PEARLEY | Filmmaker

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Manhattan Film Festival Submission Testimonials

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mffavatarThe Manhattan Film Festival has released a video of filmmaker testimonials, featuring selected filmmakers from the 2012 season. Included are: Phil Nelson (Festival Director), Eric Norcross (Caroline of Virginia), Mark Blackman (Welcome to Harlem), Kristina Harris (Diminished Chords), Erik Peter Carlson (Transatlantic Coffee) and Chloe Elaine Sharf (Nora).

The video was produced to build support among the independent filmmaking community in the hopes of discovering works that would otherwise not be submitted to the festival. MFF’s regular deadline ends February 25th, 2013 so filmmakers have time. The late deadline is March 18th and WithoutABox users can submit up until April 8th.  For more information visit MFF’s website at: http://www.ManhattanFilmFestival.org and find them on Facebook & Twitter.

Direct Link URL: http://youtu.be/3Hv-dsVutFY

Teen Titans Fan Film

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teentitans1Film Anthropology had a chance to talk with Omer Ben-Zvi about a Teen Titans fan film he and his friends are producing. Currently they’re in the fund raising process via Kickstarter and while we don’t normally back Kickstarter projects, we rather liked the idea and thought we’d give them some face time. We sent over some questions for Omer to answer, with the help of the Teen Titans crew, so we could throw this up to our readership. If it appeals to you, they have a long ways to go in 18 days to make their funding. Check it out:
FA: What is Teen Titans for those who have never heard of them?
OMER: The Teen Titans are a team of teenage superheroes based off of characters in DC Comics, including Robin (from Batman and Robin), Superboy and Wondergirl.
FA: What is the project you’re raising funds for have to do with Teen Titans?
OMER: The project that I’m composing music for is a live action fan-film/web series based off of the characters from the Teen Titans.
teentitans3FA: Why Teen Titans? Why put all this effort to creating a fan film about this specifically?
OMER: Besides the fact that we are all superhero geeks on the team, the reason why Teen Titans was chosen for this fan-film is because it has never been adapted into a fan-film or any sort of live action film in the past. Our director Chelton Perry wanted to create something that has not already been done in the past.
On my end, I’m interested in working on this project because I am a huge fan of superhero film music. I have always wanted the opportunity to create a heroic superhero theme and build a score based off of it. There are also character themes which will be used in the project which can be found on our director’s youtube page: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpYPtf_Vb6iCUHHCHq0Kb5Q
FA: Where will the finances go?
OMER: All of the money which we are currently trying to raise goes solely to production, and nobody on the team will be profiting from it. Most of the money will go towards renting equipment such as lighting and cameras, and the rest will be for miscellaneous equipment, food on the set, and the Batmobile which is going to be built.
FA: Tell me about the previous work that both you and your producing partners have done (provide links if available).
OMER: The works which I have done in the past can be found on my website: omer.ben-zvi.com.
OMER:. We are using Kickstarter to raise money for the project. People interested in contributing should go to http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/teentitansproject/teen-titans-project-a-fan-film
The site contains all of the information necessary to know for those who are interested in learning about it.
FA: Who can people reach out to if they want to learn more?
OMER: We have a Facebook page where people can post any questions they have about the project: http://youtu.be/UIbR9JFXsj0
Besides that, all of the information about this project can be found on our Kickstarter.
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Lipstick Lies | Philip K. Dick Sci-Fi Film Festival Photos

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pkd2Last night LIPSTICK LIES screened with the PHILIP K DICK SCIENCE FICTION FILM FESTIVAL at IndieScreen in New York City and Film Anthropology was there to support the filmmakers. Here is a link to some of the photos from the screening, including movie director Eric Norcross with the film cast: Samantha Rivers Cole, Gerard Adimando and Bill Woods among other attendees including Manhattan Film Festival Director Phil Nelson and actor Dan Shor (Tron, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure).  All showed up for the PKD exhibition of this film.

Direct Link URL to Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/norcrossmedia/sets/72157632214894945/

 

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Future of Film Photos

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Here is a link to a Flickr set with the photos we took while at the FUTURE OF FILM SUMMIT in Beverly Hills last week. The photos were taken throughout the day to provide a broad perspective of what went on throughout the day at Sofitel.

The event was put on by Digital Media Wire and Variety and sponosored by a number of organizations (including Film Anthropology).

Direct Link URL to the Flickr Set: http://www.flickr.com/photos/norcrossmedia/sets/72157632220102662/

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Future of Film Summit Recap

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The 2012 Future of Film Summit in Beverly Hills was a busy, informative series of panel discussions that didn’t fail any of the attendees. Many Los Angelenos mixed well with filmmakers from all over the United States, including representatives of production companies in San Francisco, Chicago, Arkansas, New England, New York (yours truly) and a few international producers, specifically from France and Great Britain.

As expected, the most attended event of the day was the keynote discussion with Ralph Garman and Kevin Smith. The discussion revolved around Smith’s experience going from an indie filmmaker to a full fledged highly recognized Hollywood Director. Smith was honest in talking with the crowd about his “Cindarella story” and how the way he was discovered and handed a career is no longer an option for new filmmakers because they have to work harder for the recognition. Smith went on to make some poignant quotes, which we’ve not failed to
tweet and retweet, among our favorite is: “the audience will always take you further than someone in a position of power”.  You can read more on FA’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

-Eric M. Norcross
Via cellphone from Hollywood, California

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Follow Us December 5th | Future of Film 2012

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Hey everyone,

This is a friendly reminder to follow our activity on December 5th (this Wednesday) as we’ll be Tweeting, Facebooking and Blogging the topics of the day, live from the FUTURE OF FILM SUMMIT in Beverly Hills, California.  Trending topics will be marked with the hashtag #futurefilm.

This is relevant to all filmmakers whether you work in Hollywood or on the Indie Scene | the Future of Film affects all of us. The annual event is hosted/produced by Variety and Digital Media Wire.

-E