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Swaying from my movie making blog for a general post, but some Twitter posts have driven me to it, so need to get out of system! A mild rant!!
The worst thing about Twitter. “Inspirational quotes!” Lifestyle Guru’s! Why do people feel the need to copy and paste shit from their own or other lives, and then they try to sell us pitches of wisdom in 12 easy steps. Why? Well, because they can release these easy steps via credit card payments.
We are in a very amazing time. We are in a time where we can give moral support, and can inspire each other naturally by just connecting. As a filmmaker, I find other lives far more interesting than my own. In EVERY walk of life. We can all be role models to each other. We don’t need guru’s, lifestyle experts to provide the “solution”.
Example, if you are a biz person, or even a drug addict, but you want to battle to be a better person, then just document your life on a blog, twitter, video channel. Keep it snack size. If you are positive about changing, people will follow. Over days, weeks, months, even years. It will also motivate you knowing that others are watching how you do.
I watched a TV series about a guy who was producing his own real chocolate, going up against the corporates. I was inspired after watching the series. I am a very positive, driven person, but his commitment, focus, rubbed off on me. On top of this, I also wanted to try his chocolate. But he never rammed his life or his chocolate down my throat!
If he had came on TV in an advert, doing the car salesman pitch, saying his chocolate would change my life in a 30 second pitch, I would have turned him off. Instead, FOLLOWING his life over a series let me see the dude. So I then came to the conclusion he was making quality stuff. And I also found him inspirational. Not one quote in site!
My point is, lets all inspire each other naturally by FOLLOWING each others lives. Not PREACHING solutions! We have the ability to create our communication platforms, tv shows. We have access to amazing technology but most of us are not using it to it’s full potential yet.
We were coming into land on a jetliner. Next thing, BOOM, FLASH! Side engine caught flames! Seconds later, BANG! Next engine was also gone. Nosedive!, prayers, pissing pants! Could see we were about 500 feet from runway, but it seemed to take forever before impact.
Next, loudest bang I have ever heard in my life! Flames rushing over people, reach me, then CRASH, we hit runway. After that, I remember very little as I blacked out. I woke up on the wing. Sirens, screams, moans, burning flesh. I turned and saw people in bits, burning bodies, blood, pink lumps of flesh. It was like a scene from a movie, or a day trip to hell. Or Glasgow on a saturday night!
I had an arm ripped off, I was partially cooked, clothes burnt black, hanging off, and felt like I had swallowed a bucket of burnt dust. Smell of gasoline, cooked meat, plastic, it really was HELL!! I felt no pain as most of my nerves were gone. I got up with one thing on my mind, and one thing only. To save my fellow human beings? No! What a cunt! I know.
I slid down the wing into a pile of dead burning bodies. Frantically making my way through dead people, steel, seats, luggage. I pulled over another body, another bag, another seat!. I could not find it. Emergency services reached and tried to drag me away before the planes main tank blew. I pushed them aside. “Fuck off!” “Leave me!”
I had to find the black box. I eventually found it. It was sealed. There was no major damage. Why don’t they make the planes out of this shit! Anyway, the emergency services thought it was the planes black box, but I then told them it was mine. They helped me to the ambulance with it, just before the plane exploded into an inferno.
Once inside, I opened the box. My movie footage hard drives from my latest flick were safe. They made it! They survived! I cried with emotion! I thanked the almighty. I could have said an Oscar speech! My faith in Maxtor was renewed! Whats my point?
NOTHING, NOTHING, NOTHING, will stop me from becoming a movie maker with the rest of the life I have. And if you want to make movies, or doing anything in life, it should be all or nothing!. It has taken me all these years to realise it has to be pursued with a tunnel vision, and burning desire. Regardless of the obsticles along the way.
This was a dream I had 24 hours ago!
David Baker (c) 2009
PS. Incase I get any stupid samaritans scolding me, fuck off! No, I don’t condone leaving burning people in planes over a movie! It is only a movie! But it was my dream, nightmare, so in that context, I am allowed to leave or even blow every fucker away! In life, I am a nice pleasant chappie! But thats not very exciting or dramatic is it now!
I have seen a lot of micro budget indie flicks, and besides bad scripts, many of them don’t work because the filmmakers try to make a bigger budget movie, without a budget.
The objective with your first few films is to show the industry what you can do, so you can then attract finance and talent for other projects. Or to start your own indie company too.
So whats the solution? Does that mean you should not make a no budget film. Absolutely not! That’s what I have just done. But the concept and script has to be decent. In my opinion, there are a few rules about what type of film you should make when you have no money.
THE WRONG WAY TO MAKE A MICRO BUDGET MOVIE
You write a film that needs
- Name actors
- To be shot on 35mm, or high end HD
- Good music tracks
- to be shot slick. (dollies, cranes, steadycam)
- good composer
- great lighting set ups
- sfx shots
If you have written a script that needs all this, and you decide to shoot it no budget style, with a few TV faces attached, you will fail with the film. You will also spend the next few years rationalising that if you had bigger names, better cameras, lights, toys, SFX, then it would have worked.
I think the solution to the problem is a lot more simple. First of all come up with a decent concept, an original angle on something, and write the best script you can write. Most important thing, write it to suit the “no budget” style of the movie. If you get this right, your film can work without all the other baggage.
THE RIGHT WAY TO MAKE A MOVIE
Write a feature film that
- Would “not work” with name actors.
- Has to be shot on dv/low end HD, because suits the story
- Does not need music, “Blair Witch”, “Cloverfield” style
- uses available lighting, basic doc camera style
- Needs to be handheld style, to tell story
My latest flick, MISSION X, was so forgiving in every area, because I wrote it as a no budget movie. So I more or less got what I wanted. I wrote it to suit the gritty reality style of the doc camera feel. In turn, it does not LOOK like a film that I needed a bigger budget.
If “Blair Witch” had been shot on 35mm, had music tracks, names actors, steadycam, composer, sfx, etc etc, it would have failed. It’s really quite simple, write the story to suit the no budget style. It’s very very obvious advice, but most of the micro budget films I am aware always make this mistake. In turn, they look cheap and nasty.
I am no expert, but I hope my experiences might help.