When we introduce ourselves to someone from outside the industry we are “filmmakers”. But when we are talking to people from inside the industry we are “producers”, “editors”, “gaffers”, “dps”.
Yesterday a friend introduced me to her colleague, both working in a post production house, as a Director and Editor. Her friend immediately said: “Oh! so you are like a renaissance man!” Really? I didn’t really know how to reply to that. I remember this man being expert mathematicians, biologist, painters and many other things. Not just a painter and an illustrator.
What is it with the film and video industry with the specialization!? some of the best directors out there have done many other jobs. You should not go out and call yourself a producer if you have not really done other jobs. And a gaffer can very well be a grip, depending on what the needs are on set (unless you are part of the union and it’s a union shoot – they have strict rules about that)
For me is all a joke! We are filmmakers, we are artist, and no matter what part of the process we are working on in one project, we all have a whole set of skills would allow most of us to do different things within a story production.
I think as human beings we have the right, sometimes de duty, to fulfill many responsibilities. Unless you want to be just one thing on set, don’t call yourself producer, director, writer, dp or editor, call yourself a filmmaker!
The more people I talk to, the more I hear the phrases: “My web series is a labor of love, I can’t expect to make money. It’s just to show the world what I can do.” Exactly what everyone was saying 5 or 7 years go when they talked about their short films. People put short films and web series in the same category.
Now, when you make a short film, they are usually anywhere from 1 to 30 minutes long, but really over 15 minutes is not really a that short any longer. Even the festivals have a hard time adding it to their programs when they start getting longer.
On the other hand, must narrative web series are divided in seasons. Usually anywhere from 3 to 7 episodes. Around 5 to 10 minutes each. So people are making up to 70 minutes of content (almost a feature film), not expecting to make any money from it. Continue reading →
Last week I announced I was creating a web series from scratch out in the public. Although, not really from scratch because I had already thought of the idea and visited it several times in several forms, I am really starting from scratch on the actual hands on creations.
In that post I told you that Scent is a crime noir with a super hero twist to it. I mentioned that we are telling the story through four different story-lines, base on 4 important character of this universe, each the main character of their own story, although the main story belongs to Danae, who is the main suspect of a murder she did not commit, and it is up to her to find the real killer.
So these last few days I have ben developing Danae, so here is a little of what I know about her.
She is close to 25, very ambitious young woman. Super beautiful, but with certain insecurity issues, the she compensates being very tough on men. She grew up close to Buffalo NY, i a little town called East Aurora, with an older brother. When she was in going to UPenn, her mother was killed, after suffering, she found some peace practicing aikido, a martial art based on relaxation and flow. Her sansei was a jamaican master name Devain, who had being practicing aikido in japan since he was very little.
Now, as I get ready to start raising money again for two new projects (I am in the writing process of Scent), I have been forced to do the exercise to realize what has worked and what has not worked. And here are some of the things I have come to realize.
1. You cannot expect to raise all the money in the same way
What does this mean? Well, that some of the money will come from private investors, other will come from a fundraising party, some else will come from crowd-funding initiatives (like IndieGoGo or Kickstarter), and some more will come from you own pocket. So not you, not I, Continue reading →
I have been flirting around with the idea of creating and writing something openly! Write a screenplay with many people! Somehow crowdsource creativity. I even bought the domain name socialwritingproject.com and .org. But I never really got around to figuring out how the project was really going to work., so it got stock.
Today, I decided to take a new approach. Instead of crowdsourcing the screenplay (which I still want to do in the future), I can create my own web series out in the open. And also use the openness to maybe test some ideas. Let’s see what happens with that.
I am officially, as of this moment, creating one of my new web shows out in the open. From where I am standing right now, until I make it a successful web series! Continue reading →
The creation of a web series is truly unique, and sometimes as storyteller we are so eager to tell the story that we just go ahead without any direction. But the truth is that if have all the element in line and we have an idea of what we will be doing with the web show, or what are we going to do after we have a few episodes done.
So, before even shooting the first frame of you audition make sure you have this elements ready. Continue reading →
I just finished watching what has come out of the second season of Awkward Embraces, what will become a web series classic! Funny, witty, nerdy, fresh! I love it! I laughed a lot. I am very glad to have ran into then through twitter. I couldn’t trace who twitter the link I clicked on. It’s a shame, I would have liked to thank him/her for that tweet. The web show is about this group of three geeky girlfriends that have girl-talks in a very geeky manner! XD
In season 2 they are doing something interesting that they didn’t do in season 1: They have added “minisodes”, although not really much shorter, but they are following (in the two that are already online) two new characters that don’t really play a roll (for now!) in the three girls life! I like that. That is the organic growth of a web series, the freedom that web shows give producers, the freedom of form!