Film is a popular industry. People pay billions of dollars every year to essentially sit in front of a large piece of fabric and watch images flicker by quickly. Why is that?
In this rational, scientific age Film seems the be the only form of magic left in the world. It entrances, inspires, and even bewilders us. The Federal government even archives these mystical images for future generations to behold.
Why people watch films varies from person to person. Some people enjoy a spectacle, some want to learn something, and others simply want to past the time.
Stranger still, some people dedicate their entire lives to creating images for other people to watch. Do they do it for the money? Why else would they do it?
The art of Filmmaking has seduced geniuses, idiots, saints, and the some of the most evil people in history to its siren song. This is why.
Creating New A World
“If it can be written, or thought, it can be filmed.”
Fictional world-building has existed long before the invention of the camera, but it has never been so real and awe-inspiring.
A film can transport you across time and space in a way that no other medium of art can. You experience the world of the film as you experience the majority of the real world; through dynamic sight and sound.
Simple lighting tricks or a different lens can make you totally engrossed into the world of the film/
Even lines drawn by a pen, are perceived as living creatures through the power of Film. Nothing is impossible when it comes to Filmmaking.
“Where film is infinitely superior to any other medium is emotion and story and character. ”
I love music, literature, theater, and various visual arts, but nothing has a stronger effect on me than Film.
Images that cause you to feel real emotion and sounds to reinforce that emotion. Unlike literature or theater, you see, hear, and feel the story unfold in the way that will have the most impact on you.
Film is all about the audience’s reaction. It is specially crafted to get the desired response. It requires a sort of empathy with the moviegoer that the other arts don’t require.
To be the person that makes the audience laugh, think, or be emotional is a very gratifying position to hold.
Uncovering the Truth
“Photography is truth. The cinema is truth twenty-four times per second.”
I originally wanted to be an ornithologist. I spend hundreds of hours birding and volunteering for bird banding projects. When I made the decision to become a filmmaker instead, I didn’t want to give all that up.
I made my first documentary short about bird banding on Jekyll Island. In my mind, it was the perfect way the combine both of interests with the added benefit of exposing more people to the awesome work they do.
Documentaries have been some of the most visceral films I have ever seen. They expose the secret world (good and bad) that we live in and let us know what is happening.
Film has the power to expose great causes and information to millions of people. Simply by recording and editing images, you can change the world.
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