Entries in creativity (5)


Episode 13: Magic Carpet (Part 2)

Here to destroy the myth that creativity is an enemy of productivity! Again! In this episode we explain the Magic Carpet (sort of) and discuss in depth methods of being more productive and creative storytellers that we use every day.

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Episode 12: Magic Carpet

We are here to destroy the myth that creativity is an enemy of productivity! And that magic red carpets exist!* We are legally required to say that we can't guarantee you will become more productive after listening to this podcast. 

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Episode 11: Overnight

We want it all, and we want it now! Our discussion centers around the apparent urban legend of the OVERNIGHT SUCCESS. More importantly we discuss the superior trend of developing an upward trajectory in the quality and scope of your work.

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Tailor Your Film to Your Budget: "Scale Back!"

Tip of the week from our podcast: "Scale Back!" (download episode on iTunes)

So you have an idea for a single-shot, 3D reinvention of "Blade Runner" and you believe it's gonna be the next big thing. There is a slight problem though. You have a producer willing to bank roll this (your mom), but you will have to shoot it all on a flip cam to afford the giant exploding zeppelin and mutant turtle costumes. (Hey, it's not a LITERAL re telling.)

So what are you going to do to make this work? If you are making your first (or fifteenth) film, whether it is a short or a feature, one of the most important steps is budgeting. And no matter your ambitions you are most likely going to have less money and zeppelins in real life than your script seems to need. When this happens you must learn to scale back your vision, to match your budget and resources.

Here are a few practical questions to consider as you rethink your audacious new script:

1) Can I REALLY pull favors?

There are things you can do for cheap with the right connections, like getting free catering through a friend who owns a local restaurant. You may even be able to pull favors for awesome locations, and find crew that will work for free! But be sure you don't skimp on surrounding yourself with people who know how to work hard and are dedicated to your film, whether you can pay them or not. Your vision depends on your relationship with your cast and crew. Make sure it doesn't suffer as you slash the budget and increase the hours. You may even have to schedule your shooting around their schedules. That's OK for a small budget film.

2) Can this story be told more simply?

Make tough decisions to cut scenes you love if they don't move the story forward, or if there is a more simple way to accomplish the same goals. It has been said that the best way to accomplish a goal is usually the simplist, and that is often very true indeed in the film world.

3) Am I being realistic about my experience (or resource) level?

Don't set out to do something you know you can't do successfully. For example: don't attempt using a green screen for the first time on a feature film if you have never successfully pulled it off.  It is a great idea to be ambitious, but set realistic goals for yourself and work your butt off to accomplish them.

Most importantly you should love the process. If you are hating your life while making your movie, other people will too and nobody will want to work with you again... so have fun!




Episode 5: Tailor Your Film To Match Your Budget

Big ideas are great! That is, until you run up against the limits of your resources and budget. Do you have grand visions of a 50 car pile up on a 12 lane bridge... but can only afford a bike wreck in your parents driveway? If this diagnosis fits you or someone you know, LISTEN TO THIS. It's time to come up with creative, story based solutions that will ultimately make for a much better film and make you into a better filmmaker.


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