jules' ramblings

franciscaheroncross  asked:

Hei. Just checked out your page and i'm actually aspiring to become a film director. So i'd like to know how to get there and some important things to know along the way to become one (or involved in the film industry) thank you pal.

inlovewithmydreams said:hi I am 15 I have a dream to be a great director do you have any tips?

Hello @franciscaheroncross and @inlovewithmydreams!

I have combined your questions because the are similar and my answer can apply to both.

There is no one way to become a director. Everyone in the industry has taken a different path to get to where they are now so there is no real blueprint to go from aspiring filmmaker to established filmmaker, or in your cases, director. While the lack of a plan may be frustrating to some (it certainly was and is for me!) it is also encouraging because there are endless ways to break into the industry.

In my experience and from the experiences of professionals I know, the best way is to make connections with people in the industry and to go above and beyond in any internship or job you have. Even if your job is only slightly related to directing, proving you are hardworking and  willing to go the extra mile makes you stand out and you can form connections that will lead you to a better job or opportunity closer to your field.

Freelance editing or filming is another good way to get experience if you don’t have an internship or job related to film. You can edit projects, make music videos, design a flyer, take pictures for events, or other such things for friends, family, and acquaintances. I’ve designed flyers for both parents (free), recorded and edited stage plays for my school (sold the dvds for cheap), taken bts pictures and event pictures (also free), etc. Because of that experience, I got paid for other editing gigs. So be willing to take initiative and make your own projects.

Listen to your cast and crew when they have problems or questions. Pay attention to your actors when they are trying to figure out blocking, motivation, or if they just want to know if you liked a take. Even if they seem fine, check in with them (especially if they are doing a grueling/emotional scene!) They are not puppets, they are people. Also, your crew has specific jobs and many times know more than the director about a specific field. That’s why they are there so be considerate of their comments and concerns. No one will want to work with you again if they feel ignored.

When you do get the chance to direct, preproduction is extremely important to a smooth production. Here is some prepro stuff that is crucial:

-Make a shot list! Don’t go into a shoot blindly without a plan as to how your going to shoot the scene. I have just added a shot list template to the resource drive with a quick example of how to fill it out. This website also has a free template for google drive spreadsheets.

-Scout locations and plan shots out. Doing this will prepare you for possible problems such as poor background noise, automatic lights, not enough room for lights and other equipment, etc. Know how you’re going to block scenes within the space.

-Make a budget plan. How much will food cost? (Side note: food is very important, especially if people are working for free.) Include a buffer in your budget to account for mishaps or extra runs. I usually do around $50 for smaller shoots but it depends on the individual project and your personal budget.

-Communication is key. (Side note: email skills are super important!) If you don’t communicate with your cast and crew, it leads to mistakes, wasted time and money, and frustration. I rarely work with people a second time if they don’t communicate.

-Know the script inside and out. Actors and crew will have questions so you have to know the script as well or better than the writer.

Overall, directors can make or break a production so pay attention to your cast and crew, stay organized, and don’t be afraid to admit you’re wrong or that you don’t understand something. You are in charge but realize you aren’t all-knowing.

This became a long answer so I hope it was helpful and not just a ramble!

Best,

Jules

its so funny when my brother watches me play ow because he’s pretty high level and i’m low bronze, so he knows how to play well in general, but i know how to play well against other bad players

he’ll be like ‘no thats a terrible idea dont put all of ur turrets there nobody will be dumb enough to -’ and then i’ll kill 2 ppl with them immediately and end with gold elims thanks to my shit turret placements

can we just talk about the final decision in LIS

like

they make every single scene with max and chloe so hella gay and there’s so much romantic/sexual tension and even when they do kiss in episode 3 it’s so short and they’re like “lol jk no you aint getting any makeouts” and they basically give us shipping blue balls

but then by the time Bay or Bae comes rolling around Dontnod are like “eeh why not make it so that if you chose Bae you know that they’re sorta together and they get really shitty closure. But then if you chose Bay you get your soul shit on BUT AY THEY ACTUALLY FUCKIN KISS AMIRITE?”

like, if you chose Bay because you don’t care about Chloe, you either won’t care/won’t see the kiss. If you chose Bay because it’s the logical decision even though it hurts like hell, you immediately regret your choice and go back only to get the badly written Bae end.

What the hell kind of shipping monster made those endings. Why must they make a ship so good and barely show any of it and end it completely in an endless loop of feels. It just celebrates the dead lesbian trope and forces you to kill Chloe to make the fuckin ship sail.

Fuck you Dontnod for giving us all emotional blue balls which fanfiction cannot fix

  • you: hahaha watch this cringy youtube video i can't believe this kid actually thought this was good and posted it
  • me, an intellectual: this child was inspired by something they were passionate about to create something which is fun and utterly harmless. yes it may be 'cringy' but i'm sure they learned a lot in the process of making this video; their love of [minecraft, for example] led them to learn how to draw, edit videos, use green screens, write their own songs, etc., and i think that's awesome. also they're like 12 for fuck's sakes leave them alone

i wish i had some amazing, long analysis of some homestuck character or the story as a whole after binging the entire thing in a month but right now my only thought is ‘wait, if trolls don’t have a concept of family how do they know the word motherfucker’

edit: i got some gr8 answers to my part-shitpost that satisfyingly explain this. post cancelled

when i was 6 i was eye-level with the headlines by the checkout lanes, which means occasionally i’d see lines like ‘[character] on [show] MURDERED!’ and because i didn’t know special effects were a thing back then (like to the point of faking a death) i automatically assumed that the only way that could happen on the show was if the actors actually died on-screen and thus irl. i was freaked out for a few days but then casually accepted the idea that actors were so invested in their craft that they would actually die and/or commit murder if the role required it. what the fuck. why was i not more disturbed by this