How much is a picture worth to you?
A thousand words? A few ideas? One solitary concept? What story does it tell? This is the basis for film. The story in front of the camera is just as important as the story behind the camera. Having worked on many productions, I can always remember what went on behind the camera. Those moments are embedded in my memory. I'm not sure why. Maybe it is because the heat on a summer day reaches 103 degrees and the crew still had four more shots to do or I was standing on a frozen lake with wind whipping at my face in minus ten weather waiting for the iceboats to get ready. I remember the emotional challenges of trying to stay focused and finish the work.
Memories of a recent film shoot
I know I will remember a more recent film project done in conjunction with one of the Madison Media graduating film students. I watched as she poured her heart and soul into a final project with some great results and an interesting story. Why will I remember it? I was there covered in blood acting as a serial killer. Mind you, I am not a fan of horror. Never have been. However, there is something to be said about playing a murderer. However, I was not the only Madison Media instructor on set. Gary Dunham who has a long history in Hollywood as a cameraman was also on set.
Communication is key on a film set
The extensive crew consisted of video and film alumni and current students. In total, there were 10 Madison Media Institute instructors, students and former students. This is a small posse but it was a well-oiled machine. That is what you learn. How to not only produce a great piece of film, but how to work with others. This is the communications field. We learn how to communicate. We learn how to innovate. We listen and practice, practice, practice. It takes 10,000 hours to master a skill. You might as well have fun doing it. Therefore, what do these pictures have to say besides everyone is focused at the task at hand? Get it done but have fun doing it. Learn more about the Madison Media Institute Video Production & Editing Program