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Hey dude, why does DIY filmmaking suck?

  • Yes Beavis, DIY filmmaking literally does suck.

    Let me tell you about my experience producing Quality of Life.

    Each day, I worked a full-time day job and then put in 4 - 8 hours more on the film at night. I still declared personal bankruptcy during pre-production.

    Then I was fired from my job for focusing on the film too much instead of my work.

    My girlfriend nearly left me since she never saw me.

    My friends stopped returning my calls for fear I'd ask for favors for the film.

    And in the end, the entire "indiewood" film industry basically ignored us. Sundance, the speciality distributors, the major indie film press outlets and of course just about anyone with money couldn't be bothered.

    And that was all before we decided to self-distribute the movie and things really got rough.

    So listen up: DIY filmmaking is not for the faint of heart. It sucks.

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April 11, 2011

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Julien

canon 550d is quite cheap,and dslr overall start to get pretty popular, i would advice to ask around how many people bought a dslr recently.. you may use them for a multi camera shoot ; )

saulgoode

I was shooting something similar years back (two people talking while walking down the sidewalk) and during a delay in the shooting, the actors engaged in some window shopping in front of some of the shops. My cameraman, bless his soul, used the opportunity to get some nice over-the-shoulder shots that showed the actors somewhat reflected in the window, but their faces weren't really clear enough to tell whether they were talking.

This footage really saved me during editing, because I was able to use the dialog from some of the badly shot takes with the window shopping video (sort of a poor man's ADR). It didn't come out perfect but it wasn't that bad considering it wasn't planned.

Bad Vegan

Thanks Saul. Good idea to shoot some shots in a way that aren't total random b-roll cut-aways but also don't show actors' mouths clearly. So you insert where you need into the conversation, using other audio takes to paper over continuity or performance or other issues with the main shots of the actors. Brilliant. Thanks for the tip.

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I hope my question is clear and someone can help me. Ex. Lets say actor 1 is talking and has a good amount of dialogue, and while he is in mid-sentence I want to get teh reaction of actor2, should I wait for a pause in the dialogue to switch?

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