Big News & Bombing (Film Log #12)
The Film Log is a weekly video I record to share my journey making my first feature film, In Five Years. In these videos, I share what I learn and discover as I go about all aspects of being a first time indie filmmaker in today’s changing landscape. You can find the full Film Log series here, and you can subscribe to the film’s newsletter
One of my storytelling teacher said that good storytelling was alternating good news and bad news. It creates an emotional roller coaster in the viewer/reader/audience that keeps them on their toes, keeps the story moving forward, and makes everybody wonder: what’s going to happen next?
This week has been a good news/bad news one. All the details in the video below, but from glam to bombs, it’s a 180 degrees performance.
Filmmaking isn’t disconnected to the real world. Even though you ultimately need to produce a story that feels not only real, but that is happening effortlessly under the eyes of the audience, in a very organic way, nothing happening around the making of a film is natural. It’s necessary, or incidental, but natural it ain’t.
That’s what makes it such a fascinating and complex art form. You need to orchestrate dozens (hundreds sometimes) of people and skills to tell a 90 min (150 at times) story.
It can give vertigo.
I don’t want to spoil the episode, because otherwise, I might as well write it all and not shoot a video.
So you have it: the 180 episode. Unfortunately the bad news keep on coming (another bombing has happened a few hours ago, which means skype meetings delayed and, most importantly, a newer low in the troups morale) but moving forward, moving on, after a bad news, a good news should follow.
We shall see.
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