I Also Make Movies

Filmmaking has fascinated me since I was little–maybe six or seven years old. The first movie I consciously remember creating was with my dad. Using Windows MovieMaker, he showed how I could cut from a shot with me standing in frame to a shot without me in frame instantaneously (while keeping the camera tied down) in order to create the illusion that I had vanished. I thought this was incredible, and I decided I liked to make movies.

A lot of my older videos are lost now. I uploaded them to YouTube when I was eight, nine, or ten, and then, a few years later, deleted them because I thought they weren’t professional. Now, I regret that–a lot. Though they weren’t amazing, they would have been fun to have now to show to people how far I’ve come.

 

Speaking of progress, it’s not like I’m a professional at this. I’ve never taken longer than a day to shoot something, I never use artificial lights or bounce boards, and I’m only just rigging up a boom pole with my shotgun mic for the first time. Overall, the quality of my work has a long way to go still, but that’s why I’m still doing it. My hope is that every video I finish will be better than the last one, because I’ll learn from the mistakes I made beforehand.

At some point in time I’ll include a link to my curr

 

ent and past projects, but not now. I’m too intent on proving to you first that I actually know what I’m doing, so once I produce a film I’m actually proud of, I’ll let y’all see all the videos I’m not so proud of.

I’m learning a lot. Channels on YouTube like Film Riot, DSLRguide, Blender Guru, D4Darious, and HitFilm (you have no clue how long it took me to copy all of those channel URLs [you’re welcome]) hav

 

e taught me a ton over the past few years. I’m nowhere near done learning, though, which is why filmmaking is so exciting to me–I’m in a stage where everything I make is better than the last thing.

When it comes to what I actually shoot, my rules for my end products are simple: nothing too long, nothing boring, nothing I can’t do without a large crew, nothing I can’t do without a budget, and certainly nothing that could ever actually happen IRL. The latter is similar to my number one rule of storytelling, period–if you’re anything like me, don’t tell stories that could credibly happen right now, in the audience’s life. Now, I’m not saying that realistic and historical fiction is bad, I’m just pointing out that, to some audiences (me), it can be boring. Now, Lincoln or Dunkirk are obvious exceptions to this, because they don’t deal with boring things. A docume

 

ntary about the economic state of England over time would be significantly less interesting. I don’t generally read or watch movies that concern day-to-day, feasible events. I already experience those in my actual life, and I don’t go to a movie theater to keep on living the same life I already live. I go to a theater to escape, to experience another world, one that I don’t get to experience

 

in real life.

As in writing, my genre of filmmaking is generally fantastical, whimsical sci-fi–both creating and watching-wise. I’m a total Star Wars nerd, and have on more than one occasion attempted to make Star Wars fanfilms (still not quite successful there; lightsabers are hard to come by).

 

Anywho, the point of this whole post is just to let the few readers I have know they should expect movie-related posts in the future, as you can only write about writing for so long. I already said basically this in a post a little while back.

 

 

TL;DR — let it be known far and wide that I like movies.

Cheers,

Kai

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