Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Canon Film making News and Notes


Recently I was told about a feature that was shot using a Canon T2i. I tried to contact the film maker to talk about the project, but he lives on the other side of the globe and so far I have not received a response so I am going to go ahead and tell you about the film and what I like about the project.

The title of the film is Good Hands. It was shot using a Canon T2i and was edited to give it the look of a 16mm film. I would think that this was done to give it the grindhouse look of a film like Hobo with A Shotgun. It is funny to think that we spend so much time looking for the next best Dslr camera to capture a crisper image when using these cameras to give out films a more classic look has largely been overlooked.
Indie film making is about taking chances and if you cannot take a few chances with a digital feature film that is budgets for less than ten thousand dollars when are you ever going to take a risk or two? Remember that line from the film Moneyball “If we think like the Yankees in here then we are going to lose to them out there.” If we think that we are going to make films identical to Hollywood blockbusters then we are doomed to fail. Worst yet, why would you want to? Their product is glossy crap. Overblown over hyped garbage that is hard to watch at two in the morning on HBO yet alone after spending twelve to fifteen dollars to do it in a theater.

Do not get me wrong, indie film makers are as guilty of falling into safe patterns as Hollywood has. Insane rules about what is a quality indie movie and what is not. What is worthy of notice and what is just not our sort of film. I call that the Sundance trap. The film makers who want to be in Sundance or at Cannes looks down on those of us who love genre films, from comedy, to horror, to faith based to scifi. I believe that anything goes. That any subject material is worthy as long as the story is well told.

Okay here is the Trailer for Good Hands.

Next up I would like to revisit the movie Screen, made by David Baker. Looks like he has decided to release it on Vimeo. It is for sale and/or rent there. Please check it out. We are talking about a feature that was shot for about four thousand dollars. I believe he used the Canon 5d.
I understand that he was basically a one man film crew. To do that takes both skill and guts.
To write it, direct it, light it, cast it, produce it, edit it and twenty other on set jobs. That is the definition of just going out and doing it. Any one of us could go out there and burn money and time with a crew of dozens. It takes a full-grown film maker to do it solo, because at the end of the day you get all of the blame when it goes wrong and in this case all of the credit when things work out.

Here is the trailer for Screen along with a link to where you can see the film.

Find it at this link.

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