Ideas for Your First Film
We are gonna go into a little bit about creating your first film, so ideas for your first film. And what that starts with is things that you wanna remember. The reason I say this is that it is, it can be overwhelming if you haven't started working in Premier Pro before and my advice from experience is to pick something you love, pick something that motivates you, that inspires you and you'll be more likely to stick it out and to follow it through, okay. (chuckling) If you're just shooting footage even if, you know, it's stuff for clients, it's gonna feel stressful, it's not gonna be as fulfilling for you and I wanna say whether you have kids or not it doesn't matter, shoot what you love, shoot things that are meaningful for you, that are important to you, that you wanna remember in years to come and think about that. So we have a worksheet that is part of the class purchase so it's in the bonus materials and there's some questions that I ask. We don't have time to cover them all today ...
but if you've purchased the class then those questions are in there and it's really just geared at getting you to think about the things that are happening in your life right now that are gonna be different in a year or two or three. Thinking about, similar to the client questionnaire, the physical features of your loved one that you love, and, you know, shooting those and thinking about the memories, like for me, my memory that I wanted to remember was Lydia and the kitchen sink. So, thinking about that. We lived in this place that we were renting for a period of time between moving houses and there was this place, this spot nearby and I was feeling really burnt out 'cause I'd had a lot of client work and I personally when I get bogged down with client work and I'm not shooting anything personal or for myself, I start to feel really frustrated creatively. I feel like I can't explore, I can't try new things and so I really think that doing personal projects for yourself makes you a better photographer for your clients. And so I decided on this day that I was going to document a memory of my children that was incorporating two things, it was the location of where we were, there was all these puddles, it was a big deal 'cause my son's kinda terrified of spiders and he's not a big like nature person and so, you know, that's part of me like trying to encourage him to get of his comfort zone and I loved that he was doing that and that he would do that in this place where he felt safe. And the other part was just that I love Australia and I love the landscape there and I love the trees and the eucalyptus and all of that and I wanted to document that. And I wanted to document their relationship and how that was at that time, not that it's really significantly changed, but just purely because when they're in their teens I just want them to have this (laughing) 'cause they might not feel the same about each other then. And so, it fulfilled a lot of things for me and I was feeling really burnt out and I just felt like being creative. I did this all with a Lensbaby Edge 50 Composer Pros II, Edge 50, so you'll see a lot of slice of focus changes. I found the most beautiful song that I could which is like my mantra and it's kind of also when I pick the music it's like my love letter to them with the lyrics and the way they are. ("Love Is Big Enough" by Holley Maher) ♪ Don't hold back love, I'll reach out to you ♪ ♪ Don't be scared love, I will fight for you ♪ ♪ We are small ♪ ♪ We are small but love is big enough ♪ ♪ Ooh, ooh, (echoing) ♪ ♪ (music playing) ♪ ♪ Ooh, ooh, (echoing) ♪ ♪ (music playing) ♪ ♪ (music playing) ♪ ♪ Don't hold back love I'll reach out to you. ♪ So you know how I said that I wanted to make films that would show them how much I love them. Alright, so we'll go back to the keynote that is, Love Is Big Enough, by Holly Maher licensed through Musicbed. She's like my favorite artist, I love her.
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