Watching a super hero movie directed by a woman is like putting glasses on for the first time.

I didn’t realize how much I had to squint through the “male gaze” till suddenly, miraculously, I didn’t have to.

There were absolutely NO eye candy shots of Diana. There were Amazons with ageing skin and crows feet and not ONE of them wore armor that was a glorified corset. When Diana did the superhero landing, her thigh jiggled onscreen.

Did you hear me? HER FUCKING THIGH JIGGLED. Wonder Woman’s thigh jiggled on a 20-foot tall screen in front of everyone.

Because she wasn’t there to make men drool. She wasn’t there to be sexy and alluring and flirt her way to victory, and that means she has big, muscular thighs, and when they absorb the impact of a superhero landing, they jiggle, and.that’s.WONDERFUL.

Thank you, Patty Jenkins, for giving me a movie about a woman, told by a woman,so I can see it through my eyes, not some dude bro who’s there for boobs and butts.

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Jennifer Yuh Nelson (“Kung Fu Panda 2 & 3”) takes viewers inside her creative process in an exploration of where ideas come from

Being a good director is really less about the technical side [and more about who you have working with you], having a keen eye for that and knowing how to utilize the people around you well. You need a clear vision, for both sound and image, and to be able to communicate this vision well to others. The professionals will take care of realizing the technical side of things. For example, I’ll say something like, “I’d like this scene to be somewhat milky and unclear.” The DP will figure out what filter to use, the lighting, and so on. It doesn’t sound like it’s too hard, but in reality there are a lot of directors who don’t have visions.

Park Chan-wook

“Really elasticize your brain. Think: ‘What’s something I can do for very little?’”

“The equipment is cheaper, better, faster, there’s no excuse for not making stuff. You’re not a doctor unless you work with patients. You’re not a filmmaker unless you make films. Why sit around and say, 'I’d like to do something?’ You’ve just gotta do it. You might fail at first, but your failures are what are going to allow you to move onto success.”

“I wrote a screenplay that was terrible and will never see the light of day because it had no spine. So I started reading screenplay books. In the days prior to YouTube, reading books and talking to people [was] our university.”

–  Joel Edgerton’s advice for aspiring filmmakers

Some Advice for Incoming (or Current) Film Majors
  • Don’t feel guilty if you haven’t seen a lot of the movies you’re going to watch in your classes (especially if you’re from a household that was pretty strict)
  • Explore movies from a variety of genres, even ones that you may not like (i.e. if you’re not a huge fantasy fan, perhaps check out a few but look at it from a filmmaker’s standpoint)
  • That being said, if you still genuinely dislike a certain genre after checking out some movies from that genre, don’t force yourself to like it (you tried, therefore do not feel bad)
  • Don’t dislike a popular movie for the sake of disliking it.  If you genuinely dislike the movie, then that’s perfectly fine, but if you’re disliking a popular movie to seem “cool” or “edgy”, don’t
  • Try your best to watch the movies that your class assigns (it’s for the best-really)
  • Check out movies from a different country-watching a film from a different country tells you some interesting insight on that country or about the time period that film came out from said country.  Not to mention, some countries practice certain techniques that may be different from your home country, so it’s always nice to watch a new take on how to make movies.
  • If you feel like your passion’s waning, always re-watch your favorite movies/the movies that made you go “I know what I want to do in my life”
  • Check to see if there are any film clubs/organizations on campus that you can join-it’s always nice to connect with people
  • I say this with so much love: start on your short films/screenplays early (your sleep schedule/sanity will thank you)
  • And most importantly:

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I was lucky enough to help my friend Nick Roney with his music video for The Lemon Twigs earlier this year. These are some photos I took while we shot the video in the cold of winter Utah. The Lemon Twigs are an awesome band and I think the video turned out great. You can check it out below!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJGzm2fF2Uo

Want Vs Need in Twin Suns

Ezra

Wants: To handle Maul alone to atone and drag Kenobi into his narrative essentially.

Needs: His family and to return to his own story.

Maul

Wants: To kill Obi-Wan, whom he pins as the source of his pains

Needs: To accept that the Empire was the true instigator of his tragedy and his revenge was all for naught.

The viewers

Wants: A grand Maul vs Obi-Wan duel lasting over three lightsaber moves.

Needs: A carefully written script and direction that emphasized a verbal exchange that reveals everything about the two men’s journey in life and a focus on an aftermath rather than the flash of the physical fight.