The Freelancer

Freelance filmmaker with experience in Japan and the UK. Follow me as I navigate the labyrinth that is the British Film and Media Industry.

“There is nothing connected with the staging of a motion picture that a woman cannot do as easily as a man, and there is no reason why she cannot completely master every technicality of the art.”

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Alice Guy-Blache, 1914.

Guy-Blache was the inventor of the fiction motion picture way back in 1896, a fact usually forgotten by film historians… probably something to with her being a woman…

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Note to self

The Long Game: The Secret to Creativity Meeting Success

a-bittersweet-life:

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The image of the struggling artist is common to general audiences. Just as common to the public is the image of the genius artist. Delve presents a two-part series titled The Long Game in which the latter image is broken down, revealing that genius more than often grows from patience and…

tarkovskologist:

"I can’t explain it myself but that’s the power of cinema." — Akira Kurosawa

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•Spoilers ahead•

I’ve been a huge Jonathan Glazer fan all this time without knowing it. Director of visually inventive and startlingly raw music videos, his work has had a huge influence on me. His video for Massive Attack’s “Live With Me” is one of those haunting character studies that you can’t get out of your mind. And his “Surfer” commercial for Guinness (“Tick follows tock follows tick follows tock”) remains one of the most iconic commercials ever made.

I finally got around the watching his latest feature film, Under the Skin. I have to say that, while I loved the first hour (especially the chilling, almost metaphorical way that Scarlett Johansson dispatches of her victims), the second half was a huge disappointment. The ending especially filled me with rage. After watching Scarlett interact and investigate our world with sinister intensity, I couldn’t believe she ended up panicked and dishevelled, running through a forest to escape a rapist. I was reminded of all those boring horror films featuring sexy women getting brutally murdered, and in the end this film was no different. Maybe Glazer’s point was that man is the scariest or most evil being of all, maybe there is some deeper point that went over my head, but to me, the message was loud and clear “Women, know your place. The world is not safe for you.” I know that this was not the director’s intention at all, but what a boring, stereotypical ending to what had previously felt like groundbreaking new work. At least the first part was brave and masterful, and I guess a strong hateful reaction is better than boredom.

Happily, I was much much more impressed with his controversial earlier film, Birth. With echoes of Rosemary’s Baby and The Shining, this emotional film about reincarnation and our belief in the afterlife doesn’t put a step wrong. I don’t want to say too much about the film other than it is a true masterpiece, with the performance of a lifetime by Nicole Kidman. Very very curious to see what classic this groundbreaking director will create next.

Had fun shooting the video for Fier Vitrine SS15 exhibition party. Great designs and very hardworking models, loving the black floral headbands.

i-love-donuts:

Akira Kurosawa (?) explains the 180º rule.

Paprika (2006) Dir. Satoshi Kon

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thefilmfatale:

Reservoir Dogs' budget was so low that many of the actors simply used their own clothing as wardrobe; most notably Chris Penn's (who played Nice Guy Eddie) track jacket. Harvey Keitel wore his own black suit and Steve Buscemi wore his own black jeans instead of suit pants. It was a similar situation in the props department. Mr. Blonde’s Cadillac Coupe de Ville actually belonged to Michael Madsen because the budget wasn’t big enough to buy a car for the character (x). 

thefilmfatale:

Reservoir Dogs' budget was so low that many of the actors simply used their own clothing as wardrobe; most notably Chris Penn's (who played Nice Guy Eddie) track jacket. Harvey Keitel wore his own black suit and Steve Buscemi wore his own black jeans instead of suit pants. It was a similar situation in the props department. Mr. Blonde’s Cadillac Coupe de Ville actually belonged to Michael Madsen because the budget wasn’t big enough to buy a car for the character (x). 

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Hollywood studio announces boot camp to nurture female directors

dandbc:

'bout time

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How To Write A Treatment

useful advice

I made this short scrappy horror film nearly 10 years ago with a bunch of comedians in my final week at uni, and people on the interwebs won’t stop going on about it! 

After building up a career as a filmmaker, the videos that have got the most comments are the Secret Garden Party promos…. and this! People really seem to react to vaguely creepy B movies involving anonymous suited creatures. Responses range from general critiques on the film, to comparing the characters to  monsters from Silent Hill or Slenderman, to reminiscing about real paranormal beings they have encountered. No one seems to care about the crappy camera work or the fact that its not HD. Maybe in the horror genre, pixelated shadowy images just add to your sense of unease.

Anyway, I’ve got some creepy ideas for some new spooky short films, though these will need some budget for effects / makeup. (And will actually be shot well.) Maybe horror is my destiny after all… mwahahahaharrr….

Male Writer:

Ah, anniversary jokes are so funny. Because chicks always hate it when you don't remember anniversaries! A plus gold very original

Male Writer:

Mother in laws amirite?

Male Writer:

My male character who is an author insert of myself pines after a woman I used to pine after in high school. Then they have sex. This is good literature.

Male Writer:

Ugh female books are so romance filled

Male Writer:

And girl fanfics, so mary suey

Male Writer:

Now listen about this original middle aged man who is an expert in everything, suffers from ennui, looks like me, acts like me, and gets all the girls i want.

Male Writer:

She was sexy in an alluring, boring way, filled with purple prose and riddled with objectification

Male Writer:

If i make a female character parrot my misogynistic views, they cease to be misogynistic! Are you saying you don't respect my fake female characters opinions, feminists?

Male Writer:

a good action girl is one who looks hot at all times

Male Writer:

If the female main character got in an asskicking line, my work is Feminist with a capital F and no one can criticize me

Specifically White Male Writer:

Heroic tropes are so overdone. I'm going to create a boring white guy with stubble to be a completely original antihero no one has ever seen before TM.

Same Guy:

It's original because he is a jerk who gets away with bad behavior, just like I wish i could.

Another Specifically White Male Writer:

It's in my universe to only have white men do things in my book. I mean, don't you care about historical accuracy

Same Guy:

I mean, it's a generic fantasy verse with no real life time period equivalent and i haven't done any research, but i'm SURE that it's historically accurate. To that dark mideval dragon fighting europe period

Same Guy:

Where in Europe? Who cares!

Male Writer:

There is no better way to introduce a female character to a male character than by him saving her.

Male Writer:

Characters hating each other is good sexual tension!

Male Writer:

One female character and five male characters is a good team balance

Male Writer:

If my female character chooses to act in a sexist tropey way, it's not sexist. In fact, because she CHOSE to do it, it is Feminist.

Male Writer:

I am original

Growing A Video Production Business With Ryan Corcoran

Solid and approachable discussion about what is needed to start your own production company. Perfect food for thought right now…

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/life/2014/06/14/lifestyle/happy-ending-foreigners-working-japans-film-industry/#.U669w42SzbA