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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Between Action and Cut, Nothing Else Exists...

Not sure if someone already coined this phrase, but for now I’m going to claim it. It’s not all that profound or original. It’s really just a fairly awkward rewording of the moment is what matters or living in the moment.

Whichever you prefer, it’s especially important on movie sets, where distractions, pressure and chaos abound. It’s so easy when shooting to lose focus on the scene. It’s easy for actors, directors and crew. As a director, I’ve found myself from time to time losing that focus and not giving 100% of my attention to the scene because I’m concerned about making the day, the next set up or some other onset drama.

Not paying attention is the worst crime a director can commit. If you’re not 110% focused on everything between action and cut and nothing else, you are going to miss things, things that will cost you. You can end up losing the trust of both your actors and crew and worse yet, the movie is going to suffer. Now everyone on low budget productions has to wear multiple hats and it’s the director’s job to deal with distractions, chaos and drama, but only after cut is called.

In order to create a good scene, a director needs to be engaged in it. He has to have Zen-like focus. If you lose it, you lose the actors and then the scene. I’ve had more drama and distractions on Monsters in the Woods then all my past productions combined, but I think for the most part I kept that focus. But not 100% of the time. This is something that I’ll work harder on and conquer during my next production

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