This morning, Norwegian filmmaker Gunleik Groven wrote me with a link to Sweet&, which he described as Probably the worlds first short shot on [RED] Dragon. In it, he creates four distinct worlds, each with a different look, and the results are very striking. For those of you who are tech-incline
I mean, I get the importance of having a good spectral range and high dynamic range, but 6k?
One could get pretty similar results with a 5Dmkiii if used right. Maybe one day we’ll be able to get our hands on a RED.
That’ll probably shut us up real quick…
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About a year or two ago, I would have had to agree. Due to the nature and volume of superhero films and FX action flicks which can be, kinda sorta, lumped into the SCI FI side of the filmic spectrum, that were and are being manufactured in such a way that would make Henry Ford blush.
However, if you look deeper, at those films that didn’t make a billion dollars worldwide, and may have gotten middling reviews from critics and friends, you’ll find a trove of unique stories, with limited FX manipulations. Films whose stories carry them through.
Sure, you can go all the way back to La Jetee, and before for original SCI FI stories. But what about the plethora of others that may be forgotten for a moment, but remembered with time?
Not too long ago, Lucas and Spielberg gave an interview that said the tentpole is killing the industry. Putting all your chips on a handful of $200m+ films, plus mirrored marketing campaigns and horrible ROIs will destroy the companies that have owned Hollywood since film moved out west (Lone Ranger, Planes, RIPD, After Earth, White House Down, etc…).
We are also seeing a panic where movies are not even being made in LA anymore and seek out larger tax incentives in Louisiana, New Mexico, Georgia, and Colorado. I believe the film commissioner of California described it as a “state of emergency”.
Money does make the world go round, but in this filmgoers experience, story stays. Bladerunner, Brazil, Star Wars (the original trilogy of course), etc… these are films that may have seemed ridiculous when pitched. But it is time that made them classics and timing. So much of the zeitgeist is the thirst for the new.
There should be content created that we have not seen before that Hollywood does not realize we want, and most likely need. The good thing is that everyday, thousands of youngsters pick up a DSLR and cut their teeth making their own films. Some of these kids have now grown into ambitious adults and are striving to fill the gaps and join the ranks of the contrarian filmmakers that have been around for for a few decades.
I see a future that does confirm the death of the tentpole, the billion dollar box office, the rise of the independents. But this time we wont be bought out. We cannot be bought out! We need to overpower. We cannot let Cop Out happen. We have to stay original.
Here are some films that support this statement. I highly suggest you see every film on this list (you’ve probably seen more than a handful already, because, well, they have great stories):
We are back and working under a new title as The Collective disbanded and went on to bigger and better things.
Garage 57 Films is still holding onto the values and drive to create great original content now and in the future.
Have a few fun projects coming up, not to mention the full length scripts we are working on:
-I Will Possess Your Heart
-Untitled Teddy Bear Fantasy Script
-Untitled Video Game / Thriller Script
-Neverending Story 3 (for real this time)
A fun, little short we did the other night. No lights, just testing the dolly upgrades and rig. Oh! and seeing how the new guns play on cam! Enjoy! Starring Maetrix Fitten & Kyle Lee. Directed by Shad Rhoades.
First read through for Mable’s Fable.