Posted tagged ‘Film’

What’s happening with the Senior Film Majors?

August 21, 2009

So…graduation is just a few months away, and the senior film students are buckeling down on their final thesis film projects. This is a huge undertaking –Some are full-feature length projects and still others are bringing on professional SAG actors who have been on major budget films. I’ve been fortunate to have the great experience of producing one of the senior film project’s and am looking forward to our first day of shooting this weekend. Now, 3 months later since undertaking this task, it’s been a lot of work, from making phone calls to caterers, to scheduling actors, scouting out locations, and filling out paper work with SAG. Pre-production is certainly key for a smooth shoot–but, whew, exhausting! Stay posted to hear how this weekend turns out…I’ll be posting pictures on our facebook page. Lights, Camera, Action!

The Nature of the Web: Internet Video (Part 1)

February 16, 2009

“The nature of TV is ‘flow’ not ‘show.’”

One of my textbooks last quarter drew this contrast between television and cinema. I had to think about it for awhile, but it makes a lot of sense: the best movies to watch in theaters are the ones with “spectacle.” A driving action flick, a wide sweeping vista, a world you’ve never seen before… That’s what you find in theaters better than anywhere else. The more spectacle you include, the more success you find at the box office. The Dark Knight is a great example, for spectacle and action. Titanic is another, because it was set on a beautiful and historic ship in the arctic seas, ended up being a chick flick with spectacle.

Television is about having a constant, steady flow of programming. It’s right there in your living room, so you can turn it on at any time and find something to occupy your mind. The more regular and continuous the flow of TV content, the more successful you’ll be in television. The stories also tend to be episodic, bringing you the same characters at the same time every week. TV is like the old friend you can always come back to.

So what unique features of the internet can we capitalize on for success in web video? The most fundamental attribute is the capability for feedback. Every online news story has a comment box at the bottom. Popular YouTube videos have a plethora of “video responses.” Back when the internet first emerged, some of the most regularly used features were message boards and forums. It really goes to show that the internet is a 2-way communications medium with the masses. Publishing a blog is all well and good, but the blogosphere functions because of the discussion sparked among the readers and other bloggers. So when it comes to video, what are the ways you can give your viewers input and interaction?