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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Podcast 13: Agents



Along with the regular competition (courtesy of Industrial Scripts) and silly bits this podcast myself and Danny Stack focus on agents.
  • Do you need an agent?
  • What does an agent do for you?
  • How do you approach an agent?
  • Are you ready?

Sunday, August 21, 2011

360 degree film



While the official website of White Room 02B3 gives nothing away, the video above fills in the details.

The guys at Roddenberry Entertainment are moving ahead with a 360 degree narrative film. Obviously your current screen can't show a 360 degree image. But you can either watch it in a special location or on your computer where you move around the scenes with your mouse. An example of how that works is below.

As I'm working on a POV (aka first person) film I know how technical innovations are both exciting but also a challenge. With visual change comes storytelling change too. The cornerstones of good story always remain of course. But what I'm interested in are the small alterations that are needed to make a narrative flow along when using new technology. I'm talking about the level of alteration that is the difference between a play and a film.

This is rarely talked about, but I'll be keeping an eye on this project to see what happens.

In my own project, as just one example, I'm having to remember to work on the pacing extra hard. Because we can't cut away to another character and another scene it means that if the audience needs a quieter scene to contrast a hectic scene I actually have to move my main character to somewhere suitable.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

The wisdom of being 6

Amazing to think that this blog is now 6 years old.

Below is one of those lists - the lists that do the blog / twitter / facebook rounds. I would have said the MySpace rounds back in the early days of the blog - but things move on!

Anyway, this is purportedly from a teacher who asked some six year olds to complete some famous sayings. To me, I don't think it really matters if that is true or not, it is still in the spirit of what this blog and Projector Films is all about. That is; taking something and trying to add a twist of the new.

1. Don't change horses......................until they stop running.
2. Strike while the...................................bug is close.
3. It's always darkest before..................Daylight Saving Time.
4. Never underestimate the power of.....................termites.
5. You can lead a horse to water but......................how?
6. Don't bite the hand that.............................looks dirty.
7. No news is....................................impossible.
8. A miss is as good as a..................................Mr.
9. You can't teach an old dog new....................math.
10. If you lie down with dogs, you'll............stink in the morning.
11. Love all, trust........................................me.
12. The pen is mightier than the..........................pigs.
13. An idle mind is...........................the best way to relax.
14. Where there's smoke there's............................pollution.
15. Happy the bride who........................gets all the presents.
16. A penny saved is.......................................not much.
17. Two's company, three's.............................the Musketeers.
18. Don't put off till tomorrow what..........you put on to go to bed.
19. Laugh and the whole world laughs with you, cry and.....you have to blow your nose.
20. There are none so blind as.........................Stevie Wonder.
21. Children should be seen and not..............spanked or grounded.
22. If at first you don't succeed..................get new batteries.
23. You get out of something only what you.......see in the picture on the box.
24. When the blind lead the blind.................get out of the way.
25. Better late than........................................pregnant.