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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.