July 4, 2015
Equipment, Skill, Creativity? If there was one thing that mattered more than anything else in filmmaking, what would it be?
Across my short journey as a filmmaker, what has been the one thing that lead to constant growth? To begin with I prioritised equipment itself. Next I became interested in the techniques required to use that equipment. After far too long, I began to consider the creative reason behind every filmmaking choice.
But what was the one thing that lead me to all of these discoveries?
THIS WEEK’S DSLR GUIDE:
WAYS TO LEARN EVERY DAY:
- Read every day – I’m sure there’s been lots of research as to the many benefits of reading books, but here’s my take on it. Reading (almost) every day has introduced me to so many different types of stories – absorbing so much culture while translating words on paper into a film in my mind. It can’t be bad.
- Do something creative every day – As well as any film projects I’m working on, I take a photo every day, and play the piano (almost) every day. I don’t take either of them too seriously, so it’s a nice way to get inspired, particularly if I’m struggling with filmmaking. They both have their links to filmmaking, so doing a bit every day helps.
- Think about the future – This one probably isn’t for every day, but reflection is really important. Always looking for the next thing, and stepping back to the bigger picture of where you want to be in the long run can help you in the short term. It’s often when thinking ‘How can I make my next film better?’ that I have a big realisation about what’s really important in filmmaking. Gear < Skill < Creativity.
HOW I MADE THIS EPISODE:
I’m still trying to talk about creativity without it sounding like meaningless, pretentious hand wavey jargon. Something I realised when I was making the ‘My Story’ series was that I’ve always wanted to make better films, and been open to learning. Rather than focusing on one thing, I’ve been open to change what I think is most important, whether it’s sound or lighting or creativity. That inspired this week’s episode – along with the desire for some cake.
COLOUR GRADING BEFORE AFTER
THIS WEEK’S EDITING TIMELINE:
all audio recorders should have a little camera on them so you can see what was happening in your 8 minute foley clip
— Simon Cade (@DSLRguidance) July 4, 2015
Filmmaker, and host of DSLRguide. Since I was making my first film age 11, I have always been fascinated by the way films are produced, and the effect it can have on the audience.