Think about one of your favorite movies. Have you ever really thought about why you like that movie so much? Yes, you probably like the movie because of the story and at the end of the day story is king. However, would that movie have had the same impact on you if it was done in black and white? Or what if that movie had a different soundtrack? These are just two critical elements that most people of us don’t inherently think about and especially if the movie is good.
Yet, there is so much that goes into a great film or even video that is found on YouTube or Vimeo. For me, that is the juice of filmmaking. I absolutely love the challenge of developing a great story. But, that is just the beginning! Once the story is done then big decisions have to be made on how I’m going to tell the story. I get a rush from having to figure out camera movements, lighting, sound and color. Too much and it’s cheesy and obvious. Too little and its uninspired and amateur.
There is also the biggest challenge I place on myself and that is to out do my last project. I don’t want all of my projects to look the same. Yes, I do want them to have my “signature” so to speak but, I am always thinking of new ways to enhance my films either through effects, storyline, camera movement and about a million other ways. Its hard for me to watch a movie without saying to myself “how can I incorporate that technique or idea into my next project?”. I push myself not just because I love to geek out on techniques and technology but, because I believe that how we tell stories is just as important as the stories we tell.