The first rough cut for our take on “All About Eve” is done and I just thought i’d share a sneak preview of the opening credits. My team and I are just adding a few finishing touches and adjustments to be ready for showing next week.
I don’t know why I hadn’t done this before as I have been told by many do it. But if when you get the time y’all need to watch a movie with no audio and no subtitles. Just observe the shots and try to understand the detail put into every frame of the film (hopefully you’re watching a good one). Me and some others did this the other day while building a set in the studio. The movie that struck me the most was “Columbus”. I had seen the movie before but may have been too focused on the dialogue or story to appreciate the shots. After watching it again without audio, I have found a new appreciation for this film. The cinematographer is Elisha Christian, she hasn’t done much feature film cinematography work but I sense that she will be getting some jobs soon. I love her reflections, use of focus, and attention to detail. You are truly brought into the story with the shots while observing with an interesting perspective.
If you might consider yourself quiet or lacking in confidence, the studio is a place where you will either rely on other skills to swim or definitely sink. There are readily so many other voices surrounding you which will drown yours out if you are not strong enough in your convictions. This is an arena where the only person who needs to trust your words is, well, you. If you trust yourself, you will already have one ally. You will have that boost that others will be able to sense when you speak. It will be easier to gain others’ trust if you believe in what you are saying.
In my experience, the studio has been the best possible place for me to learn how to have confidence. Either that or to develop an outward-facing mask that will convince others of my confidence. “Fake it till you make it” is key in the studio, as everyone is concerned with whether you are willing and truly present. Most people will not have time to address the internal issues you face whenever you cross the threshold.
Everything that happens before and outside of the shooting process no longer matters once you make it to production and post-production. Nobody in the audience cares about the process, as long as the product is worth all of it. And the process involves, more times than not, people butting heads and disagreeing and fighting over which shots take precedence. The studio is a place unlike any other arena I have been in. The pace is fast, the movement is constant, and the expectations are incredibly high. But the fun I’ve had is unparalleled by anything I have ever experienced. We are creating, and we are working our asses off, and we are gaining experiences we will never forget.