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Posted: Tue, 26th Jun 2007, 2:16am

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not mine, and no matter how many times i explain what it is i do i get introduced to their family and/or friends the same way...

friend: "hey this is my friend insert your name here. he's a movie producer. he directs movies and stuff"

*in my head i'm like what the f?*

me: "no, i'm a cinematographer."

any of your non-filmmaking friends refer you to every other filmmaking position except for what it is you really do?

MOD EDIT: Summary changed to make grammatical sense.
Posted: Tue, 26th Jun 2007, 2:46am

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I've been called a "filmographer" before (which i'm pretty sure isn't a word) by my parents even. Trust me I know what you mean... although people who usually hear about what I do generally seem to think its pretty cool.
Posted: Tue, 26th Jun 2007, 3:07am

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Good Call Evman. Whenever friends or family find out that I make little movies they think it's great. Especially when I show them effects and such from these programs. It could all turn out like crap but a lot of friends and especially family will get a kick out of it anyway.
Posted: Tue, 26th Jun 2007, 3:30am

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Every old person I know confuses movie directors with movie producers.
Posted: Tue, 26th Jun 2007, 3:37am

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I get called a videographer, always.

Which is actually something I do by profession, but I'd rather be a cinematographer; as "videographer" reminds me of a father with a home video camera making DVDs of his daughter's recital and selling them.

Mainly cinematographer, because that's what I do: find, frame, and light angles. I've also been called "auteur", which I'm okay with.

Then there's "Video Twins", which is just crazily annoying. I got recognized at the mall yesterday, someone said "hey aren't you one of those video twins from YouTube? ben3308?" and it was weird because I've never been recognized from the internet before. Strange stuff.
Posted: Tue, 26th Jun 2007, 4:02am

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My parents and family on my mom's side understand what I do. My dad's side (the older ones) are a different story.

Cousin: "So I saw that movie you did. How did you blow that car up and not get hurt???"
Me: "................."

Cousin: "I saw you little film you did, that was really neat!"
Me: "Hey thanks, which one did you see?"
Cousin: "You have more than one??"
Me: "................." (No I go off to college, major in film, make one film and then find something else to do with my life...)

And how annoying is it when they watch your movie and sit there and ask who everyone is in it. Like if I said the name they would know... UGHHH that shit annoys the hell out of me haha.

I just wanna be like
"Shut the hell up and watch the movie!"

But I dont feel like dying anytime soon sooo.....yyyeaa.......
Posted: Tue, 26th Jun 2007, 4:31am

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Yeah, family and friends will be like:
Friend: "So I hear your a major film producer."
Me:"ugh."

Or

Friend: "How can you make such good video with so little memory? (computers)"
Me: "actually I have quite a bit."
Friend: "but you just told me you had 2GB, I have like 100GB."
Me: "... give me a break."


The thing that I hate the most though, is when someone is watching your movie and then they turn to talk to you and they miss one of the best parts of your video. Then you have to rewind it evil
Posted: Tue, 26th Jun 2007, 7:13am

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Friend: "How can you make such good video with so little memory? (computers)"
Me: "actually I have quite a bit."
Friend: "but you just told me you had 2GB, I have like 100GB."
Me: "... give me a break."
lol thats great
Posted: Tue, 26th Jun 2007, 7:39am

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I have to say to audiences before showing my films not to talk during the film, especailly not to ask questions. Then i generally take a barrage of questions at the end.

I don't find that family and friends are clueless; they know what i do but not how i do it, which i think is the way it should stay (keep it all a mystery). But i have a supportive family and that's all i can ask for. Getting friends interested is a different story...

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Posted: Tue, 26th Jun 2007, 8:22am

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FreshMentos wrote:

The thing that I hate the most though, is when someone is watching your movie and then they turn to talk to you and they miss one of the best parts of your video. Then you have to rewind it evil
Hehe, that is a pet hate of mine, too. Not only with my own work, but with movies in general.

If somebody has to ask a quick question or make a comment, I can tolerate that - what I don't understand is their need to actually turn away from the screen in order to talk. I just don't understand it. It's like they have some kind of logic deficiency, which makes them think that if they're not looking at the person, then that person won't hear them.

Infuriating. smile

As for the main question, people that don't make movies themselves generally won't have a clue about who does what on a film production, so producer, director, cinematography etc all blend together. It's usually easier just to go for 'filmmaker'. smile
Posted: Tue, 26th Jun 2007, 1:08pm

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Most of my friends know that I'm into filmmaking. They don't introduce me to new people as the "filmmaking dude" but somehow everyone seems to find out anyway. razz And yeah, it's frustrating when people miss the best bit of your film.
Posted: Tue, 26th Jun 2007, 3:27pm

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Redhawksrymmer wrote:

Most of my friends know that I'm into filmmaking. They don't introduce me to new people as the "filmmaking dude" but somehow everyone seems to find out anyway. razz
That's exacly my case. All of my good friends - and some other random people in my life - know that I want to be a film director.

Yeah and me too, people find out very fast that I'm into filmmaking. Scarily fast.
Posted: Tue, 26th Jun 2007, 4:05pm

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I think they know when they first ask if i'll hang out with them and i say "sorry, i've gotta finished compositing myself into a cargo ship in thirteen different shots tonight". That sort of gives it away...

AE
Posted: Tue, 26th Jun 2007, 4:27pm

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I've shot a few sequences for a trailer I am TRYING to put together. I've showed a few friends that aren't involved and this is what I get:

Friend: Wow that was cool...

Me: Thanks.

Friend: So you doing a movie?

Me: Yeah, slowly but surely.

Friend: You know who can act?

Me: Who?

Friend: ME!!!

Me: eek
Posted: Tue, 26th Jun 2007, 4:36pm

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Garrison wrote
Friend: Wow that was cool...

Me: Thanks.

Friend: So you doing a movie?

Me: Yeah, slowly but surely.

Friend: You know who can act?

Me: Who?

Friend: ME!!!
Hehe, I have that with my cousin or young friends. They really want to be put in the spotlight by you because they think you'll be nice to them because your friends smile. I had it once.

Cousin: That was cool how did you do the effects?

Me: This effects lab program I have

Cousin: Cool, that's really cool, I wish someone would make a film with me in it. (notice the hint)

Me: Hehe (noticing the hint but not giving in)

[A while later after talking about stuff]

Cousin: You know your film?

Me: Hardly, I made it

Cousin: well if you make another one can I be in it? I'll be good

Me: Not really because you suck at acting

Till this day he still asks hoping to get filmed. And as for friends they don't know much about filmmaking so they say to other people "This is Ben he is the one who makes films" smile

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Posted: Tue, 26th Jun 2007, 5:30pm

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Almost everyone in my grade knows who I am... but not my name.

They just walk up to me and go "Hey are you that movie kid" crazy

The weirdest thing that ever happened was in the 8th grade when another class showed my movie and this person I knew walked up to me and goes

"Hey Jacob did you direct that movie?"

I wanted to smack him in the face and go "no it just says 'Directed by: Jacob Smith' for no reason retard!"
Posted: Tue, 26th Jun 2007, 5:36pm

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I did a English coursework video on the Laborghini Gallardo, murchielago and the Buggati veyron. It had some sound problems which I was a bit worried about but then when it finished I had the longest appulause. My freind said about a minute of clapping, then after the class had finsihed people were coming up to me going "That was fantasic" etc.
I bet it's only cause they don't know how to do it. smile
Posted: Tue, 26th Jun 2007, 5:44pm

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I just found out recently that my science teacher from 8th grade showed all of his classes my videos that were on youtube. Oh that's great, now a bunch of freshmen will think that the're friends with the upper-classman. unsure

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Posted: Tue, 26th Jun 2007, 6:15pm

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I made a short video for Chemistry once which my teacher has shown to all of his classes that he's taught the particular topic to since.

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Posted: Tue, 26th Jun 2007, 10:01pm

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FreshMentos wrote:



The thing that I hate the most though, is when someone is watching your movie and then they turn to talk to you and they miss one of the best parts of your video. Then you have to rewind it evil
Happens all the time.

I think what I like most about showing movies here on fxhome is that I don't get that "It's so awesome no matter what it is cause you're doing things that I could never ever do" filter that you get from friends and family. They'll say its great every single time no matter what it is... and you come to expect it.

If someone on Fxhome, who actually knows what they're talking about, says your work is good, you know that it actually works as a film and not just a novelty.
Posted: Tue, 26th Jun 2007, 11:07pm

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Heh, i know what you mean, but the encouragement from them always makes you feel happy biggrin

my first one was simply a load of shots from my holiday (i do a lot of that sporadic filming of events and stuff) with my mums dad, hes watched it like 13 times already!! (helps that the last movie he actually watched was chitty-chitty bang-bang) but anyways if you ask me what i think that film looked like ill tell you it looks like trash (ya know semi relevant effects more random)! - if im feeling honest...
Posted: Wed, 27th Jun 2007, 1:55am

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I've tricked my friends into thinking I am currently a neo-physicist specializing in self-creation, and thus have replicated myself a clone that I have named Ben.

Right now they think he's retarded and purposefully more coy than myself, as part of the machine. Just wait till they find out.......the truth!
Posted: Wed, 27th Jun 2007, 2:27am

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I generally don't talk about my filmmaking all that much. I figure I'd rather just do it and let people find out on there own.
Posted: Wed, 27th Jun 2007, 2:55am

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Yeah, i try to keep it a secret for as long as possible - BAD experiences. since it's kind of difficult for family members to understand you going anywhere with it. Plus they think i suck at it since they compare them to Hollywood films.

Family: You should be a doctor, like everyone else.

And when they do see some, they don't get it...EVER. Even the random music videos.
Posted: Wed, 27th Jun 2007, 3:36am

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I can hardly do any films because NONE of my friends can act. They're too camera shy! They always laugh, look at the camera, laugh, and keep doing the same thing until I just shout, "Okay, you know what? Go home! You're not worth my time! I wrote an entire script not for people to act like impeciles!".

Now, keep in mind, I had them audition, but seems that they CANNOT act in front of the camera...
Posted: Wed, 27th Jun 2007, 4:29am

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FCRabbath wrote:

Plus they think i suck at it since they compare them to Hollywood films.
I have more then a few friends that think like this...It drives me nuts, because they can't equate the budgeting AT ALL. They literally aren't entertained if they can't assume at least a couple million was spent.
Posted: Wed, 27th Jun 2007, 5:16am

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I've experienced almost everything in this thread. I am kind of embarassed to show my Sophomore year project that I and my friends do for fun, but everyone loves it. I expect them to criticize the poor technicals it had but they don't.

We generally show our films to school in our different classes and to family and other friends. I am one who doesn't like to boast and dance around yelling "hey guys, look at me, I'm a filmmaker!" My friends, who act and whatnot, do it for me. I kind of feel embarassed but the last one I was fairly proud of. My classmates praise me and whatnot, so I guess that's cool.

Here are things that bother me: The turn away from the TV during a good part. My Mom did it just recently showing her my film for the first time. I have a good relationship with her so I explained why it bothered me. Can't do that with peers my age without sounding like a prick. But you just missed an awesome scene, so I don't care if I'm a prick...

Also, I have minor hobbies that I pick up on the side. Recently I learned to pick basic tumbler locks on houses, lockers, etc., just in case I am locked out. I don't like when people refer to me as the kid who picks locks. Or inside-jokingly say "lawl conor picks lawks guyz." I suppose I can, but don't really care about it...

FCRabbath: what you said just came as a shock to me. Your films are so damn fantastic I'm surprised they don't get it. I hope one day you can convince them that filmmaking is what you do. I don't know anything about your parents, but luckily my parents want me to pursue what I love. Keep it up. You are one of the most talented young filmmakers I have ever seen. I even know a kid knows you on the net (from some other forums, I've mentioned him to you). This is either a coincedence or you are just that awesome. I vote for the latter.
Posted: Wed, 27th Jun 2007, 5:17am

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You can't compare a Hollywood film to an independent (and low budget) film.
Posted: Wed, 27th Jun 2007, 5:36am

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SilverDragon7 wrote:

You can't compare a Hollywood film to an independent (and low budget) film.
well thanks Serpent, but my family isn't very supportive for the artist type. Just come to our annual immediate & extended family gatherings, - you get this black sheep look and vibe from everyone. Kinda sucks.

And silver, you're right, but people think films are easy to make.
Posted: Wed, 27th Jun 2007, 5:51am

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That's true too...
Posted: Wed, 27th Jun 2007, 9:54am

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The thing I hate most about my friends knowing is that at least once a month I'll get this:

Random person: Hey you're good at like editing and film stuff yeh?

Me: uhh... yeh?

Random person: Yeh, well see me and Friend A and Friend B are making this movie thing for [Insert class name] and we're really crap; do you reckon you could direct/shoot/edit it?

Me: *sigh*
Posted: Wed, 27th Jun 2007, 5:13pm

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jaxrox1 wrote:

The thing I hate most about my friends knowing is that at least once a month I'll get this:

Random person: Hey you're good at like editing and film stuff yeh?

Me: uhh... yeh?

Random person: Yeh, well see me and Friend A and Friend B are making this movie thing for [Insert class name] and we're really crap; do you reckon you could direct/shoot/edit it?

Me: *sigh*
Yeah I get that too, as well as several requests to borrow equipment...

ME: "No... you'll break it and you wouldn't know what to do with a GL2 anyway!"

THEM: "What's a GL2?"

Or you get very funny experiences like when my friend, about 3 years ago, after we first got our greenscreen, assumed compositing was really easy. He said stuff like...

"Since we don't have Dan here with us, and he's busy, can't we just take a still picture of him and move his body parts in chromanator?"

Or, in response to the fact that theres something on the ground in a very shaky moving shot -

"Can't we just garbage matte that out?"

I laughed out loud at that, and to this day, whenever something like that happens, me and pencil say we'll just garbage matte it out later.