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The Film Process

The Film Process


[music] [high pitched pop] Hi there, my name is Victor and I love movies almost as much as I love the idea of making
movies. So when I got this opportunity for my vi-I
mean-my digital film making class in college I was really psyched up to be able to actually make my own short film. And when I got the first assignment I knew
that I was going to make it absolutely the best film that anyone has ever seen-at least I was hoping for that. So, let me just tell you exactly how things
went down. I used the most careful consideration in planning
to figure out exactly what kind of story I would be telling. [angels singing] And once I had the idea I basically just jotted it down, wrote up a script, wrote up the shot list, preparing myself for everything I need
for production and I made a pretty rad title if I do say so myself. Then I needed to gather up my actors. I considered Craigslist as an option but uh,
I’ve heard a lot of stories of people meeting up with weirdos and I’d rather not take
the chance. I think I made the right decision with that. [gasp] So I decided to go to my family. I knew some people who would be perfect for
the role, unfortunately it’s kind of awkward asking them but eventually I manned up and
I asked my mom to do it. They said yes. I decided to study up on all sorts of different
kinds of film related things and you know camera angles and shots, things that big time
film makers use. Because, you know, we can all become great
directors overnight just from studying. Now after that I forced, I mean, I recruited
my cousins to help out. I used all my time and energy to ensure that
production would run smoothly. It had my full and undivided attention, and,
you know, I really felt confident that I could make everything come out great but unfortunately
a realization hit me. And when it hit me it hit me hard. I realized that the story I wanted to tell
couldn’t possibly be told adequately within the timeframe that I actually had and I was
running out of time. And I kind of realized also that I had stretched
myself a little too thin with this idea so I scrapped my original plan but it wasn’t
really that big of a deal-I just needed to come up with a whole new film in like a week and
a half… I needed to come up with something not only
quick but entertaining. Something like an action film. [drums beat] [swords hitting each other] Though honestly I think that probably end
up being really cringy so let’s not. And then I thought of the prospect of a suspense
mystery. [maniacal laughter] I thought “oh maybe I could make a horror movie.’ the craigslist killer. [door knock] [door creaks] [door creaks] Ok no that is a little too scary for me. [door closes] Honestly I wasn’t satisfied with anything that wasn’t going come out to be a high quality
short film. I had to dig deep with what the issue at hand was. When I first got this assignment I was actually pretty focused on making sure it was enjoyable. I wanted it to be something that people would cheer for and I wanted to avoid at all costs making something that people would just hate and boo at. But let’s be real, it’s my first film, it’s
not going to be perfect. But, you know, it can still be a great film. So to all the amateur film makers out there,
learn from the bad takes, because, whew, I made plenty. Laugh a little, start small, have fun with
it, cause let me tell you, I was so worried about making things look good I didn’t even
let myself actually start the film. Keeping this all in mind now, I still needed
to solve the issue of what my first film was actually going to be. Perhaps I could create a personal essay reflecting
on the experiences of trying to make my first film and how I learned to stop being stubborn
and make something simply to start off with. But, let’s be real. That’s probably the biggest cop out ever honestly. [music]

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