Making a Video Mood Board + To Short or Not to Short (Film Log #28)
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Making a Video Mood Board + To Short or Not to Short
After a month without making any new episode (and honestly, this wasn’t a planned move, I don’t even know how this month went by so quickly. Time is unfolding at an insane speed. Ha.)
And it’s not for a lack of work or having things to do. In this new episode, I share my thought process about doing a full rewrite of the screenplay, making a video mood board, and where we’re at in the debate: to make a short film or not to make a short film that relates to the feature.
This is a topic I’ve talked about many times, from the infographic To Short or Not to Short about 20 filmmakers who started with a short and completed a feature afterwards, to the notion of ‘proof of concept’ that is gaining in weight in the industry when investors of all types try to decide on which rookie horse to bet.
If you’re curious about watching video mood boards, you can see the very first one I saw a few years ago; the one No Film School’s founder Ryan Koo made for his first feature film when he was applying to IFP (and he got in).
That was back in 2011, and since then, Koo made a short film, Amateur, the feature film name is now Amateur (back then it was Man-Child), it was shot this summer and Netflix bought it before it was in the can. So, as you can see, Koo is a good example of the mood board (what he called multimedia lookbook) + short film = advancements for the feature film.
To be continued…