Set Fire to the Third Bar

March 10, 2010 § Leave a comment

Seeing that Elon’s dance program has so many great dancers, I’m trying to make use of this valuable resource to start working with dance videos again like my final DMC project.  I have a new vision for this one and hope to be able to incorporate a slightly more intricate lighting system that has a darker feel as opposed to the warmer tone of my previous project.  I’ve been watching so many videos and looking at different pictures to try and get an idea for what I want to accomplish as far as lighting goes.  As for dancers, I’m in the process of recruiting people willing to participate with the hopes that I can get something actually choreographed loosely this time instead of the complete freestyle of my other piece.  Because of the nature of this project, I want to have some kind of structure with choreography, especially since my vision incorporates having both a guy and girl.

Yeah it’s a copyrighted song.  But I don’t care.  It’s practice.

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Dead Lull

February 12, 2010 § Leave a comment

Since the conclusion of digital media, I have found my level of activity to be incredibly diminished.  This does not mean, however, that I have completely stopped making progress.  This week has been one of those crazy weeks where I just keep getting ideas and it gets frustrating because all you want to do is forget about everything else and just go out and take pictures or finish writing a script or shoot the script you’ve edited a million times.  So I’m just trying to get a handle on everything and get organized so when the time comes to actually go to work it will flow smoothly for the most part.  There are some interesting ideas coming about and its surprising to me the direction in which my ideas are going.  I’m trying to work with an edgier style and one of my short film ideas coming about definitely has a very dark side to it.  Thanks to inspiration from Anne Sexton’s poem “Angels of the Love Affair and the upcoming movie Shutter Island, I’m trying to finish developing the idea.  Hopefully an update on its progress will be available soon.

Testing the Water

January 25, 2010 § Leave a comment

For my final project in digital media, I chose to create a music video in order to practice directing, lighting, editing and mechanical skills.  I had the opportunity to work with another Musical Theatre major Katie Chung who happens to be a talented dancer.  After two hours of filming I was pretty satisfied with the quality of lighting I had with the footage, being one of my first tries independently.  It was also opportune to be able to work within a dance studio and play around with angles and the mirrors.

To view this video, follow the link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOqmPqXnw-4

Does Money Matter?

January 25, 2010 § Leave a comment

In terms of producing blockbuster hits, the recent film “Avatar” has swept audiences away with director James Cameron’s creative vision that embarked on a journey of new technological advances.  “Avatar” has undoubtedly paved the way for a shift in the film industry with its groundbreaking effects, despite a relatively trite and basic story-line.

I personally want to research the relationship between movie budget and gross income by analyzing successful low and high-budget films and discovering what aspects made each so successful.  When looking at hits such as “Avatar” it appears that the astounding budget seemed to pay off.  Then again, when you look at low-budget films like “Dirty Dancing” it makes one wonder what a little bit of money can really do.  Is spending $500 million really the solution, or should a budget be created under stricter guidelines aimed towards perfection and ingenuity?

A Crafty Oxymoron

January 22, 2010 § Leave a comment

Today the documentary “The Best Worst Movie” was screened at Elon University.  Former actor Michael Stephenson directs this hilarious but moving piece in which he follows a newborn cultish fascination with a film in which he acted in his childhood – “Troll 2.”  Considered the worst movie of all time, Stephenson follows the current lives of cast members, providing a deeper insight to the raw and pure heartfelt energy that went into the making of the film that highlights the reason for its popularity among particular audiences.

The filmmakers were clearly passionate about their work and it made for a nice change of pace to view a film not focused on a painfully serious topic.  The lighthearted approach made it enjoyable and the engaging manner in which the cast was presented made them even more relatable and likable.  Having former actor and current dentist George Hardy as the centerpiece of the documentary certainly gave the film a certain charismatic and entertaining flare that without such would have resulted in a slightly less hilarious outcome.

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