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    I go through several stages of feelings for my work, but it's extremely rare any of these love.

    Stage 1: passion. I'm filled with vigour at the start, particularly when filming. But this rapidly turns to...

    Stage 2: apathy. I sit though hundreds of clips with seemingly no cohesive thread and no hope of ever getting to the end of shot selection, until...

    Stage 3: pride. It all starts to come together. I'm really pleased with several shots and how I've stitched them together. I really should do this for a living. I am awesome, but...

    Stage 4: impatience. I really could do with finishing this. The wife is going to kill me and there's so much other real world stuff to do. I'll just get it done. It's fine. It's not my best...

    Stage 5: relief. Phew, it's done. I'll stick it on Facebook. Don't care if no one looks at it.

    Stage 6: anger. Why hasn't anyone like it?

    Stage 7: pride (again). It's alright. I could do better. I will do better next time, I just need to be more patient.

    Stage 8: all my work is rubbish. This is the worst. Why do I bother?

    Loop.

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    I can certainly recognise that from my unscripted films except i don't get at all excited about the filming process. I spend most of stage one thinking what a lousy cameraman I am (which I also confirm in stage 2)

    For scripted films I have a process that precedes the above.

    1. Have a brilliant idea!
    2. Decide it's a rubbish idea
    3. Have another brilliant idea
    4. Realise the first idea was better
    5. Start writing (it's amazing how long it takes to actually get down a few words, I know I should write - anything. I know it doesn't matter how good it is as it's going to be discarded and re-written a dozen times, but actually making that first commitment to EXT. HOUSE- DAY is a massive leap.
    6. Write first three scenes. This isn't too bad.
    7. This is terrible. Reorder and rewrite first three scenes.
    8. Much better
    9. No it's not - rewrite.
    10. Still not working. Must be the idea that's rubbish.

    Goto 1.

    Ideas/scripts are often rejected because:

    It's brilliant but not feasible.
    It's brilliant but not plausible.
    It's achievable but rubbish.
    It's brilliant but too specialised/highbrow
    It's brilliant but treats the audience like idiots

    Then, of course the one we all recognise,

    It's brilliant, plausible, feasible and complete and then someone points out that Woody Allen made it in 1983 (Or Kubrick in '69, or Hitchcock,in 63 or Lean .....)
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    For the past couple of years I've been treating my work more like a daily news gathering exercise but without the news part. Just a bunch of B roll stuck together but in a way that still has a loose narrative.

    I usually film, Edit and post a video within 24/48 hrs. BUT I have a particular audience who thinks I'm great so any old rubbish will do so long as it makes them feel a bit misty eyed, I've done my job.

    Here's an example.


    You will notice, it's quite a mixed bag of quality etc. BUT my main point of this post is to point out that I have a specific target audience, I know what they want and I give it to them. Is that the missing ingredient with your productions ? Just a thought.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Midnight Blue View Post
    For the past couple of years I've been treating my work more like a daily news gathering exercise but without the news part. Just a bunch of B roll stuck together but in a way that still has a loose narrative.

    I usually film, Edit and post a video within 24/48 hrs. BUT I have a particular audience who thinks I'm great so any old rubbish will do so long as it makes them feel a bit misty eyed, I've done my job.

    Here's an example.


    You will notice, it's quite a mixed bag of quality etc. BUT my main point of this post is to point out that I have a specific target audience, I know what they want and I give it to them. Is that the missing ingredient with your productions ? Just a thought.
    The ingredient that's missing from my productions is technical quality

    Basically I get an idea - if it has dialogue I'll practice it in my mind a few times, then I'll grab my 5s and start filming - I do my best to capture the dialogue in one take but I've gone to as many as three takes if I forget something or muddle it up - I cover over any gross filming errors with cutaways - I may watch it once before uploading to YouTube, which is the longest part of the process - I normally film a lot of b-roll so I get about 20 minutes of footage for a one-minute zamisode

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    Quote Originally Posted by Midnight Blue View Post
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    I usually film, Edit and post a video within 24/48 hrs.ht.
    I don't view my captured footage for at least a couple of days ... I'm always disappointed if I look at it straight away
    'No longer are the pleasures of Home Movie Making limited to those with ample funds. Now the man and woman of moderate means can join the sport'..... Kodak catalogue 1933

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    Good to be back and see that Im not alone on all my filming problems!!! Greetings from Brazil once more.... Yes, Im surviving under the thick layer of political mud that covers Brazil... What a waste of a great country! Really sad!

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    Keep fighting the good fight Tony.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TonyBR View Post
    Good to be back and see that Im not alone on all my filming problems!!! Greetings from Brazil once more.... Yes, Im surviving under the thick layer of political mud that covers Brazil... What a waste of a great country! Really sad!
    good to see you're back

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