Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Guerrilla Filmmaking II

a lot of people email me who are interested in making their own film and want advice or feedback.  here is an awesome resource i just found.  guerrilla filmmaking 101

Guerrilla Filmmaking

my friend ard has the below video posted on his site.

i saw it a long time ago and couldn't help but be inspired by viewing it again.  proof of what one camera and a little creativity can come up with.  i wanted to do some similar shots with tyler's roadster for One California Day but we were never able to put it together (above are a few of the original storyboards i drew to map out the sequence).  Chris Reynolds was going to help me mount cameras but we were worried about el gundo police, who tend to be bored and in large numbers... we were going to shoot early with no permit - much like the video below.  in the end, we were never able to find a day that tyler could help us get the shots- damn,  it would have been rad.

about the video - as ard matthews tells it:
On an August morning in 1978, French filmmaker Claude Lelouch mounted a gyro-stabilized camera to the bumper of a Ferrari 275 GTB and had a friend, a professional Formula 1 racer, drive at breakneck speed through the heart of Paris early in the morning. The film was limited, for technical reasons, to ten minutes; the course was from Porte Dauphine, through the Louvre, to the Basilica of Sacre Coeur.

No streets were closed, for Lelouch was unable to obtain a permit. The driver completed the course in about nine minutes, reaching nearly 140 MPH in some stretches. The footage reveals him running real red lights, nearly hitting real pedestrians, and driving the wrong way up real one-way streets.

Upon showing the film in public for the first time, Lelouch was arrested. He has never revealed the identity of the driver, and the film went underground. 

Thursday, May 7, 2009

The Drawer

i have a drawer full of crap.  i suppose many of us have drawers full of crap.  if we were to analyze these drawers we could probably get a pretty good idea of the person behind the drawer who throws all their crap into it.  every now and then i try to go through this drawer and deal with said crap - the funny thing is, every now and then the said crap is actually a gem. my crap varies from receipts for projects i'm working on to a spaghetti tangle of fire wires, usb cables and iphone chargers, the odd drawing utensil, dv tapes, a lego bobba fett key chain (a gem) and a few undeveloped rolls of film - super 8mm and 35mm stills.  it is the film that caught my eye last time - unmarked, unnoticed, un-claimed.  i processed the 35mm rolls and realized that it was the last decent winter swell to hit the south bay.  i love finding gems in my crap drawer.  i wonder what's on the super 8