Mantra: That's exactly why I think these people picked me to do this- my people skills. Simply put, I'm nice to people and I can deal with people who aren't nice.
Billy3d: Yeah, I know that the filmmaker makes the film, not the camera, of course. I've used Gl2s and GL1s for promos before and I had no special expectations for how different everything was gonna look in the final cut. All I did differently when using the GL2 was tweak a few of the camera settings here and there to make the shot look right. I just thought the whole time, "They hired me for MY style, and that's what I'll give them." I didn't feel any better or worse of a filmmaker using a better camera. I just felt that if I dropped it, I'd be in deep crap. (The school district had purchased it for broadcasting video at certain schools, but people AT those schools were pretty stupid- story of my life- and didn't know how to work the camera at all. So, they rented it out to me.
) Oh, and the Matrix spoof was a bad initial idea, but don't diss the script! I wrote it and it KICKED @$$! hehehe.
sigerson: I'm glad we both got (or get) to use XL1S's.
I did take time in making my connections. I just work at things. For example, I signed up for a during school art program during eighth grade, mentioned to our lead docent (who happened to be pretty high up in museum staff) that I was into film the first day at the useum, and my friends were all around me like, "Oh, yeah, he's awesome! He makes movies!"; and by about the third visit to the museum- 6 weeks later- the docent came up to me and was like, we are going to go to this artist's studio, and I've told the artist about you and he says we can't go unless you document the whole thing. I was like, "Whoa." And so, I filmed the whole 'behind-the-scenes artist' thing, edited it, and- before getting my blessed DVD burner- burned a Video CDof the final promo documentary. They said they were going to show it on a projector in the artist's exhibition looping over and over so everyone could see it. Well, I get there the day after the exhibition opens and they say that they only played it for one day and that was it.
So I'm pretty mad about that, but that's just one more connection. Also, as it turns out, my grandmother- whom to which I owe my film career- knew the artist and she had told him about me as well. This is also how I got the new promo gig. My grandmother
talked to this guy who was doing a film for her office about me an he was anxious to meet us. Well, we did meet- in the corner of a scuzzy McDonalds in downtown Dallas- with two dell notebooks, two sony cameras, and the guy had brought an XL1S with a pro lense. That must've been a sight to see: Two white kids fiddling with laptops while a big black guy messses with a huge camera, while an old lady shouts at the custodial staff. Heh. Well, this guy let us try out his XL1S, showed us ALL of his video equipment (in his van, not in the McDonalds) and let us test out some of it, like Varizoom controllers and wireless lapels. So recently this guy contacted us and he brought a producer with him, and we got the job. I call that connection number 2. Heh. Whoa. I wrote for a long time.
evman101: I understand what you're saying man. I know how you feel. I've been wanting to do my movie Atom for two years
but I have yet to produce the funds. (Actually, I did do a clinical study for the drug advair and i got 800 bucks, but thats another story.
) So I can understand when you've been mowing lawns forever (I've been doing that too while atom sits inside doing nothing) to produce enough money to buy a camera, then I get one for free. Here's the thing, I have enough money to buuy the camera, my parents just never let me buy anything with any of my money. In fact, they
spend it sometimes.
Okay well thats just what I have to say for now, and of course,
Good Luck Filmmaking!