July 28, 2014 at 5:34 pm #454413
Whatever is was a short film or a long length film…
How was the experience?
I’d love to read your stories.July 28, 2014 at 5:41 pm #454415
Once in high school. The assignment was to take a Rudyard Kipling short story and add a twist to it. Modernize it, make it a period piece, futureistic, whatever. Anyways it had to be animated using the software at the school and i put it in england but the guy was jack the ripper and his first victim was the dead lover. I got a B+ and the whole class did well and the teacher took our dvds and sent them in for a grant thing and we never saw them again.July 28, 2014 at 6:22 pm #454416
I had an original story that I co-wrote/directed called “Dimensions” in high school. It was this really weird sci-fi/comedy/drama where I was the only male actor with four female actors, about these five outsiders from different dimensions who met up and tried to get back to their own dimensions. It was really weird and the only things I really can remember about them were that one of the characters was called “Selena Bambi Deadly” and that the teacher said after she saw my film that I was going to be the next Jim Carrey. It’s on YouTube and I dare not ever show you it for I am embarrassed to death of it. But it was a wonderful experience and I really liked spending time with my friends and one of the actors I worked with I would love to work with more frequently when I start to make filmmaking my career.July 28, 2014 at 8:04 pm #454417
Yes, long years ago, as part of a school project. Naturally the cast were all close friends, and I noticed that some took it far more seriously than others.
The story involves an impoverished family with a father with some substance issues and the mother heavily pregnant with her 8th.
We used a friend’s garage as the setting for where we lived, and we even had a Snidely Whiplash type of character, mightily hammed up by our quarterback.
I ended the film with a close up of a flushing toilet. I was so surprised by the finished product! I thought it would likely stink, but no. It was gorgeously filmed, and well acted. Lol. Nice social commentary as well.
LOL! Such great memories. Most of us are still in touch and have remained good friends.July 28, 2014 at 9:34 pm #454418
I’m currently in film school and I have only directed one short film. It was a video that we had to express a scene with no dialouge but it couldn’t be a silent film. I had a limited crew of 2 actors, 1 editor, and 1 screenwriter and it was an outside of class project so we did not have the equipment we usually used for projects. So I decieded to do a scene where two friends play tennis and the one friend recieved a picture of his girlfriend with his other friend that he is about to have tennis with. When they start to play the angry friend vilontly starts hitting the ball and starts to hit his friend out of anger with the ball. I also have the instrumentals of the song “Tennis Courts” by Lorde playing in the background. It was definitly a learning expirence especially because one of our actors never showed up and we kept calling him and he would answer (he overslept) so I have to star in it and direct it at the same time. Also we saw that a storm was on its way (we are in Florida, go figure) so we had no time to reshoot anything or look over the footage. It was one of those things that I wanted my editor just to make it and I wanted to watch with the audience. I’m usually very pesimistic about my own work and very critical but I was so happy how it turned out and I would share it with you guys but it looks like the kid that edited it locked the video so i’ll see if he can unlock it. I hope to direct another project sometime soon but now we are in classes where we are really seeing how a movie is made and it is sooooooo much paper work and it is driving me crazy. I am the script supervisor and it is a really busy work job. I am more into the creative side of everything but you know I’m up for the challenge. I’ve also directed a musical theater group in high school and assistant directed a summer camp musical that we put together in one week which was just crazy because it was our first time and it was just alot going on at once. When you get the final product whether it be a film or a show, it always just warms your heart if it is done right which so far it has for me.July 28, 2014 at 9:48 pm #454419
I’m also in film school, and have just directed short films, but one of the ones I did was fairly eventful. We had to reshoot a third of the film, because one of the actors hid his script and was reading off it the entire time to cover up that he didn’t memorize the lines. All the footage with him was completely unusable, and he was not open to returning for reshoots, so we recast the part and had to use creative editing to make the deadline-and to make it look ok. Thankfully nobody noticed it, but every time I watch it, it’s the only thing I notice.July 28, 2014 at 10:39 pm #454420
Yeah it is really interesting. And it doesn’t help when you don’t have talented actors. We just went trough our first casting call and there were 9 people that showed up in an 8 hour window and only 3 of them were usuable. So it will be very interesting to see how this all works especially not being the director and how our director really handles it.July 28, 2014 at 11:21 pm #454421
Oh yeah definitely! I started making short films when I was 12 and over the last seven years, I have made 17 short films and one feature length film. They are all directed, written, photographed, edited by me (and the occasional friend) and star my family, friends and neighbours. They sound amateur, and they are – but over time they have grown in style. I have a very bad David Lynch-inspired surrealist short film on YouTube somewhere that is pretty much six minutes of a kid trapped in a room and one minute of awesome filmmaking at the end – it is so embarrasing, but I am proud of it in a very kitsch way
I did consider going to film school, but was advised to have a backup pursuit just in case – so needless to say I got accepted to to Politics, Philosophy and Economics (my other passion) before the film school, so that’s where I’m headed. I just guess if I get the opportunity to be a director, I will grab it with both hands. But in a worst case scenario, I want to just have something to back me up, just in case.