Match Frame

Thoughts from an American editor and filmmaker in New Zealand about film and video production and post-production. Plus whatever else I feel like talking about.

Location: Balmoral, Auckland, New Zealand

A work in progress.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

quote of the day

from an interview with filmmaker Craig Zobel by Steve Erickson:

Do you have any advice for beginning filmmakers?
Battle your impatience. There's a saying that a movie can be high-quality, inexpensive or fast, and you can only get two of those at the expense of the third. The only one you can sacrifice is speed. If you're on a low budget, take your time and plan everything. Time is the only thing working in your favor. It took three years to get this movie made — which is not as long as some people. It was shot in the summer of 2005. I had written the first draft of the script in 2001, started casting in November 2004 and by the time we were shooting I had shot lists of everything. We were sometimes trying to do nine pages a day. We had diagrams of what we were going to shoot next. Everyone had to be on the same page or we weren't going to be able to get it done. I've seen movies that are good but flawed in ways that come out of the attitude that velocity is more important than planning.

I'm a little wary of the filmmaking of Great World of Sound simply in terms of taking advantage of the unaware, but I'm still quite curious to give it a look.


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