Filming Without A Vision

Vision Road Sign with dramatic blue sky and clouds.
What’s is my vision for my film?

A few days ago I completed shooting and capturing footage for the Wheelchair Chronicles. I’m still in awe at my accomplishment because I never envisioned that I would actually finish shooting or better yet start working on this film. I am so proud of the work that I did for this film and I can’t wait for you all to see the finished product. Before I show you all a finished product, I have to figure out what my vision for the film is going to be.

A couple of weeks ago I had to complete my senior project for my senior capstone class. Basically, the premise of the project was figuring out what we plan on doing after we graduate from DePaul and the resources we plan on using to learn more about the career we plan to get into. During my research I cam across an article called “5 Simple Mistakes Documentary Filmmakers Make” and one of the mistakes that’s made is filming without a vision.

This is a main concern that I have and trying to figure out with the film footage I captured and the interview session that I did in August. What is my vision for the film? As a filmmaker this is question I have to ask before I can go through the process of finding an editor, music for the film and putting together the rest of my team. I need to have a strong vision for the film, a vision that “informs every creative and editorial step along the way.” I need to create a vision the I strongly believe in and that I can share with the people I chose to be apart of my film because I need to choose the right people who understands my vision and with their knowledge and talent can take my vision to a whole new level.

Justin