For the past several years, much of the work produced by aspiring filmmakers has displayed a whiz-bang gee-doesn't that look cool approach but has been utterly deficient in presenting multi-dimensional characters, unique stories, solid plotting, emotional engagement and direction that doesn't purposely draw attention to the director. Most of these movies are blandly derivative or thinly veiled music videos at best.
And why is that?
|Director Seith Mann|
Allow me to illustrate my point a bit more. The first is a short film I recently stumbled across from director Seith Mann entitled Five Deep Breaths. I'll set out the link below. It's an excellent example of amazing storytelling where the bells and whistles serve the movie and the director is not drawing attention to himself. It's gritty, character based, the tempo is right and he takes some cinematic chances (check out the vocals on the jazz score "humm, humm...)
The second example is a short ditty I created during Atlanta's recent snow storm. It's not a tale of great importance or weight but it's an example of how you can create a story using the simplest of tools. Except for one panning shot that I asked a stranger to do, I shot this entirely myself using Cisco's tiny Flip Video camera. I used existing light, in-camera sound and I only used Flip's simple software to do some minor editing.
It was quick, easy, and told a tale without all the bells and whistles of the toys.
See "Five Deep Breaths" (Part 1)
See "Five Deep Breaths" (Part 2)