Stepping In Front Of The Camera

Sorry for not posting anything last week, it was a really busy time for me trying to finish up school and everything. The film has been coming along pretty well but I haven’t been able to get some more footage for the film itself and that sucks because I miss it big time. But in all honesty I’ll have plenty of time to get more footage during the summer.

During that time I’ll be working with my special adviser for my film Camille DeBose (who’s a documentary filmmaker herself) and recently her documentary Good Hair has been selected to be shown at the San Francisco Black Film Festival . Let me tell you a little bit about Camille, she is my former professor at DePaul and I took many of her sociology and media courses and she has taught me a lot during my experience at DePaul. She has been a strong supporter of my film and as a matter of fact when I first told her about this film and the idea that I had about it she wanted me to do 6-7 films based on different issues involving people in wheelchairs. Look in all honesty I just wanted to do one film but as time went by I understood what she wanted me to do and I thank her for that.

We’re putting together an interview session where me and her will come up with some questions and I’ll answer them in front of the camera. I’m a little nervous about this because this will dive into my personal life but that’s what I want and that is the central premise of my film for the world to get to know me and to get to know about my life in a wheelchair. So instead of being nervous I should actually be excited because I want people to know that I’m not just a man in a wheelchair, I’m a man! It probably sounds cheesy but that’s how I truly feel.

Justin

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What A Film Should Be Like: David Fincher

Photo: The King Bulletin

This week my What A Film Should Be Like series continues this time with a great quote from one of my favorite directors David Fincher (Fight Club, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Se7en, The Social Network):



“Directing ain’t about drawing a neat little picture and showing it to the cameraman. I didn’t want to go to film school. I didn’t know what the point was. The fact is, you don’t know what directing is until the sun is setting and you’ve got to get five shots and you’re only going to get two.” – David Fincher

This is an interesting quote for me due to the fact that I just started as a film director and I haven’t had an experience that’s similar to David Fincher but I believe to as I continue through my journey as a film director I know that the same thing will happen to me.

I do however can relate to the first sentence of his quote about directing ain’t about drawing a neat little picture and showing it to the cameraman. During my short amount of time as a filmmaker and working on my film, I was trying to make this film as perfect as I can, to give my audience a perfect story of my life in a wheelchair but I’ve learned  that being perfect or drawing a neat little picture is not what I’m going for and that I’m not gonna be completely perfect with this film and now that I know that I’m now more comfortable with making this film and the style that I’m gonna be working with.

I’m going to make mistakes with this film (I know that) but I’m going to enjoy making this film and if it’s not perfect then so be it because I’ll be very happy with the end result of my first film.

Justin

What A Film Should Be Like: Sydney Pollack

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This week I found a great quote from director Sydney Pollack about making a film. It’s short but it’s to the point.

“When you make a film you usually make a film about an idea”

This is exactly what happen with my film. To be honest this film came from an original idea I had a few years ago. I introduced my original idea to a friend of mine in one of my classes. The focus of my idea was to document and chronicles people’s lives in wheelchairs living in Chicago, focusing on issues that affect them.

Now this idea was on a piece of paper and was under a stack of papers for a couple of years until one day while cleaning up in my room and I found it and started looking at it again and then while I was looking at it more ideas started going through my head.

It then hit me that instead of focusing on other people in wheelchairs, I should focus on my life and how I’ve my life has been affected by my wheelchair. Thanks to my original idea I’m now on a path to sharing my experience in a wheelchair with the world and I’m couldn’t be more happier with my decision.

Justin