Inspiration Monday 12/19/2011: It's not about the toys. It's about the vision.

I'm always excited for new technology as much as the next guy.  Canon C300? Sign me up. Red Epic? Pretty please. As nice as these toys are, without any solid artistic background or talent, they aren't going to improve your work.

Take this short film for example- it's amazing! The cinematography, direction, editing, performance, colorgrading, audio... it's a fantastic piece and it RIVALS many feature length studio released films shot on 35mm film- and it was shot on a little Canon HV20 consumer camera. 

White Red Panic (HD) from Ayz Waraich on Vimeo.

Now, I own one.  I am first to admit that you have very limited control over many of the camera features... but Ayz knows this and he worked within what he was able to do, and the results are amazing.  He relied on his directing, cinematography and editing abilities using only what he had available. His equipment limitations gave him parameters to work within, giving him the chance to explore ways to tell the story by problem solving his hindrances.  There are a couple of shots I would have done differently, but that's besides the point.

Blocking your actors, composition of the frame, designing your light, motivated camera motion... and knowing how you're going to cut it.

So, I challenge you: please don't film a scene of two talking heads and call it a finished short film. And PLEASE don't settle for what's easy- have your characters DOING something. Give your camera a reason for movement. Move your actors and keep it kinetic. And for God's sake, move your story into something memorable, emotional and unique!  How do you do this? Simply ask yourself- what could I do to make this scene fluid?

In the end, what's inspiring here is it doesn't take the best tools to make an incredible movie. Everything you need is in the creative side of your brain.


  1. I love this post! I couldn't agree more!


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