In these times of economic hardship David Cameron's government has sent out a clear message with the closure of the UK Film Council -- filmmaking is dispensable. His further comments that funding should be aimed towards "commercial" films just appears to reaffirm this. We’re on our own, people.
Now let me digress. Did you see that small film ‘Avatar’? Blue people, funny glasses? Of course you did. Now more than 30 years previous director James Cameron (David's brother) made a short film, ‘Xenogenesis’ (see it here). As a poor, young filmmaker in 1978 how difficult must it have been to get this short made? To get hold of the equipment, to muster all the necessary people and resources? Back to the future, cameras, equipment and software can now be acquired low cost, online distribution is free (YouTube, Vimeo etc.) and communication is instantaneous at our fingertips. Filmmaking is not a distant, alien world, guarded by strict gatekeepers -- we already have all the filmmaking tools we need at our disposal! What would James Cameron do if he were a poor, young filmmaker today?
Do we need money? Well imagine if we all pooled our talents and resources together, if we helped each other out with whatever expertise we may have individually, if we all worked together as a community? What could we achieve? Idealistic? Perhaps. In a world where money is quickly becoming a scarce commodity will friendship & trust become the most reliable currency?
This group: where you will meet like-minded people, discuss all things film, set up and work on zero budget projects, experiment, innovate and nurture your skills & talents. Just bring your ideas and enthusiasms!
(The focus here has been on Tiny Screen filmmaking (mobile phones, media players, tablets). This is an area still in its infancy, so while everything seems to be doom and gloom with the world this is something that actually offers hope, something fresh and exciting and something we can all be a part of. Of course the Big Screen is where we all want to be, so no aspect of filmmaking shall be precluded.)
The group is open to people involved in all aspects of filmmaking, be it in front of or behind the camera, technical or creative or otherwise. The one condition is you need to have a serious commitment to filmmaking; this could be part-time or it could be your main vocation, but it needs to be genuine. Finally in this group it’s not about what you may or may not have done -- it’s about what you’re going to do!
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