As I watched and listened to the fireworks of America’s Independence Day on July 4th explode above me, I was captured by the similarities between those colorful rockets and the silver screen of movies.
It was hard not to notice a difference between the crowd sitting in the dark with their necks tilted up, their faces illuminated momentarily by a flash of color, and the crowds that gather to go see movies in theaters every week.
The purpose of both fireworks and movies is the same: to spark a sense of inspiration and purpose. So in the great tradition of controlled explosions and artful filmmaking, here are some thoughts from you that, in whatever way, hope to help you find that inspiration.
Trying on Some New Shoes
This week I’m doing something a little bit different here at Comment Corner. Instead of highlighting comments from articles, I’m going to pick from The Black and Blue Facebook Page.
On the occasions I post a question to the Facebook fans, everyone chimes in with their unique voice and provides interesting viewpoints that span the spectrum. Earlier this week I did just that and the response was awesome. This is the question I asked:
“What’s the best piece of advice someone has given you about working in the film industry?”
And here were some of the best responses to that question.
1. Denise Bailie: When the producer was threatening the teamster captain on a big movie in 1989 I asked the captain “don’t you have to do what the producer wants?” and he said “All I GOTTA do is Die” I’ve always loved that quote it always puts things into perspective in the universe
2. David Lane Diperstein: My dad said “I don’t care what you do as long as you can make a living. And also as long as you’re a lawyer.” I think he meant go make movies.
3. Chris Summers: If you’re early, you’re on time. If you’re on time, you’re late. If you’re late, look for another job.
4. Neil Ferdowsian: ”You can’t be just rockin up and chucking the camera about.” From that one sentence I’ve become extremely organised on every shoot.
5. Tom C. Hall: “Just kill yourself now kid, save yourself the trouble” – manager of a local camera rental house
Do You Want to Join the Facebook Conversation?
Every so often on Facebook I like to throw up questions like the one above and get a feel for the pulse of the production community. I find those who are fans of The Black and Blue on Facebook are always open, honest, and willing to give a truthful perception about film production.
I’d like to hear your voice in that discussion, too.
So if you want to connect with other filmmakers and be a part of a community that is passionate about becoming better filmmakers, hit the “Like” button below and please join us in the conversation: