FILM CAMP RECAP

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

LAST WEEK I WENT TO FILM CAMP.

It was great. Actually really great. Like, cool.

The camp ran from Monday to Friday at Biola University. It was for aspiring filmmakers, and at the end of it all, I concluded that...I was not going to be a filmmaker.

Don't get me wrong. The camp was great. I learned so, so, so much--we went through directing and sound and editing (which actually gave me a legitimate headache) and lighting and camera work, and all throughout I felt like somehow it wasn't the right fit for me. A lot of the other kids already knew how to use Aftereffects and Adobe Premiere Pro, and while I know I could easily learn how to use those, I felt like if I genuinely wanted to be a filmmaker I would've already hunted the programs down, persuaded my parents to buy them, and already learned how to use them. They had also seen a ton more movies than I had, and it made me realize that while I love movies, I wasn't passionate about them the way I was with writing.

With writing, there's something tangible. You're giving shape to a story, and the words show exactly how the author wants to show them. With moviemaking, it's more about aesthetics and visual appeal. And while I enjoy aesthetics and looking at cinematography, cameras just aren't where my strengths lie.

The last two days, however, were the most fun. On Monday, we were put into groups to make short films; on Tuesday, I shared my concept with the group, and on Wednesday we hashed it out. Then on Thursday we shot and edited it.

Shooting was one of the coolest things I've done so far this year. We were the only group using the on-campus studio that Biola has, and since most of our short film consisted of action sequences, we made our set have a warehouse effect.

And yes, I got to be the main protagonist, which was awesome. One of the guys knew how to choreograph fights and such, and so he made my character do roundhouse kicks and hammer fists and all sorts of cool stuff, and I'm actually really proud of the result.

AND HERE IT IS!

"Just a Dream"

Enjoy!

(Keep in mind that we shot/edited it in 5-6 hours, and it was one of my first acting experiences, so the quality might not be the best, but I'm actually impressed with ourselves.)


P.S. I'm going to Europe! I'll try to post while I'm there but no promises :)


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