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Three Cheers For The Filmmakers

Posted: Mon, 17th Mar 2003, 6:22pm

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MeetTheBeatles

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It's something of a paradox that film, the art that most resembles our daydreams, is the one most difficult to bring into existence. After all, we need only close our eyes and we are in a darkened theatre of our own making, screening the movies we'd like to see for an appreciative audience--ourselves.

If you've ever seen a boy lying in the grass, eye-level with his toy soldiers, then you've seen the impulse that is the visual basis of the Hollywood movie. The boy is framing the action as a filmmaker might, eye-level with his miniature figures so that charge and retreat are all around him. Up close, the toys are no longer painted miniatures, but life-size warriors moving in a world that is not to be observed but experienced.

Because we suppose our imaginations are naturally cinematic it is particularly frustrating that we cannot easily commit what seems like fully formed works of art directly to film. If only we could express our daydreams as easily as the musician improvises a melody or as the painter controls colour and form on the canvas. Of course it's only an illusion that we dream in sequences ready for national release. What matters is that while most artists can easily create works in their respective mediums, accumulating experience day after day, a filmmaker has difficulty practicing his craft unless he can afford the considerable expense of film production.
(Quoted the Introduction of "Film Directing 'Shot by Shot' Visualizing from Concept to Screen" by Steven D. Katz Written by: Steven D. Katz Published by: Michael Wiese Productions June 1991)

I just want to applaud all you fine filmmakers who gather here at AlamDV. Who are brave enough to call themselves filmmakers and who, more importantly, actually go out and film their dreams and visions, no matter the difficulty and cost involved. You are all heroes in a way. Heroes because you have shown others that this craft of film making can be done. You have shown others that you are not afraid to follow your dreams. You have shown others that you will make it.

Three cheers to AlamDV and the CSB-Digital team for their love of movies and their talent for creating a special effects medium that rivals any. For this gathering place of filmmakers, that we may learn and improve our talents through each other. Three cheers to all of you, who have sacrificed time. Who have sacrificed money. Who have risked putting your dreams for all to see and to scrutinize. Do not ever quit this craft.

Good luck filmmakers. Vision is the art of seeing things invisible. I look forward to seeing your vision.

Cheers.

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Posted: Mon, 17th Mar 2003, 6:57pm

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Oh I just know you just copied that from a book to look clever. smile Just kiddin'.

Also, you ever noticed that out of books and film. Books is looked on as a higher art form and only people with short attention spans watch films, yet films are harder to make. Obvisously there's a few exceptions to that rule, but you get what I mean, in books you have to describe what's happening, where it's happening and who too, In film you actually have to make it happen, make where it happens and hire actors for it to happen too.

Just thought I'd add a little.
Posted: Mon, 17th Mar 2003, 7:22pm

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Yes. Absolutely. I totally agree, and thank you for your kind words.

I do think, though, that it would have been courteous to make reference to who actually wrote that interesting, poetic essay:

http://members.tripod.com/BorderLine/paradox.html

You could have said something like, "as Nick Medrano said", or somethin.

Be careful- plagiurism is a baaaad thing oink
Posted: Mon, 17th Mar 2003, 8:08pm

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Of corse Mellifluous, I never intended to take credit like that. I just wanted to convey how proud I am to be a filmmaker and how I need and look up to you folks here at AlamDV. Let me make right:

I quoted the Introduction of "Film Directing 'Shot by Shot' Visualizing from Concept to Screen" by Steven D. Katz Written by: Steven D. Katz Published by: Michael Wiese Productions June 1991

what's funny Mellifluous is that it seems Nick Medrano did not site or reference Steven D. Katz. Funny Huh. But thank you.
Posted: Mon, 17th Mar 2003, 8:08pm

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THANK YOU, PLAGERIST.

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Posted: Mon, 17th Mar 2003, 8:12pm

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Sorry, did not login. Guest was MeetTheBeatles.
Posted: Mon, 17th Mar 2003, 9:18pm

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Mellifluous

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ok meetthebeatles no hard feelings

all filmmakers unite!

Mel
Posted: Wed, 7th May 2003, 9:31am

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Film makers rule
Film makers are cool
Film makers deserve a relax in the pool
Posted: Wed, 7th May 2003, 9:32am

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sorry, it had to come out, at least it is a good rhyme, don't you think razz