Not Meaningless After All? (Musing on my Movies)

Recently, I had a minor epiphany about myself and some of the films I’ve made over the years.

A question I’ve pondered from time to time regarding the whole activity of film making and story telling is how much do you focus on “message”–that is, the underlying meaning behind the plot and characters on the screen–as opposed to “story”.  Naturally, there is no reason a film can’t be strong in both, but what should be my focus, especially in the writing and development stage?

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After – a simple short film exercise

A few weeks ago, I made this short film with the media school that I lead.  It was a pretty good process.  I wrote and directed the piece, and produced it with the help of 4 experienced staff and 8 students.  Each of us on staff took on a different category of responsibility (directing, camera, lights, sound, & production design) and worked with 1 or 2 students to put the movie together.  It’s short, it’s simple, but I think it came together well and communicates fairly successfully.  Continue reading After – a simple short film exercise