Sunday, November 9, 2014

Go See "Dear White People," If You Can!

You know me: I like to support fellow peeps! Please support the filmmakers of Dear White People. Black cinema is one of those things that gets niched too often. There is a racial theory that states Black cinema struggles at the box office due to a lack of racial empathy. In theory, white audiences cannot relate to black protagonists.

Well, Dear White People shot for the moon and is now rocketing into space. The Sundance darling has now attracted international buyers at American Film Market.

Check out the trailer:

Although the film is released nationally, the release is limited so it may or may not be playing near you.

Here is an interview with Dear White People actors Marque Richardson and Brandon Bell. They are being interviewed by Daren Jackson. All three attended USC with me and are great people!

Happy Filmmaking!

Monday, September 15, 2014

"Memory Lane" wins People's Choice Award at SoAL 2014!

I would like to thank everyone that supported us! It's been an interesting journey."Memory Lane" has won the 2014 South Alabama Film Festival/Southsounds Southern Music Video division!

Mobile, Alabama, at dusk before the Artwalk premiere!
On the big screen!
"Memory Lane" premiered publicly during The LoDa (Lower Dauphin) Artwalk in Mobile last Friday and was well-received. The video drew a small, but dedicated crowd. "Memory Lane" competed with 10 other music videos from the Gulf region. Eterniti, the artist, is one satisfied customer!

"Memory Lane" has an interesting history. It was shot as a literal last-minute video because our club extras didn't show for an entirely different song and video! But in the end, we polished that turd into a win, and that's what filmmaking is about! For us at Lagniappe Cinemas, we gonna keep doing what we do best: making quality video! In case you haven't seen the video, it is embedded below.

Eterniti - Memory Lane [Official Video] from lagniappe cinemas on Vimeo.
Happy Filmmaking!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Budget Shooting: Still Prime or Cine Prime?

I am in the market for new glass. I shoot both still photography and video, so naturally I wondered if I really need dedicated lenses for both. I shoot Canon.

Convention says yes. Although DSLRs are popular for video production, they have their limitations. Thankfully, someone else had the same question and decided to do a side-by-side comparison.

Canon CN-E Prime Lenses - Non-scientific Comparison - Magnanimous Media from Magnanimous Media on Vimeo.

My verdict? For my purposes right now, there is little difference. I kinda like the look of the EF lenses. The EFs shoot a little warm, but I like shooting warm. Warm shooting is part of my shooting style. I also feel your target audience will not notice the difference if your story is engaging. The CN-E primes do have a larger color range, which could be useful in some low-light situations.

For the price tag, I am sticking with EF lenses until I am shooting a project that needs what the CN-E lenses can provide. Then, maybe I can just rent them from!

Happy Filmmaking!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Saturday, August 2, 2014

The Pledge to Sarah Safety App

Indiegogo has an active fundraiser for an app that will allow crew members to anonymously report safety violations on set. The app will be free once developed. The "Pledge to Sarah" Safety App is in the late camera assistant Sarah Jones's honor. You can support this fundraiser with as little as $1. As of the writing of this blog post, the project reached $2,942 of its $3,400 goal.

Please note there are no special perks for this fundraiser. However, our lives as crew members should not be monetized. If you believe sets should be as safe as possible, please consider supporting this campaign.

Happy Filmmaking!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Best Advice I Received While in Film School: Are you growing as a filmmaker?

You may have heard of this little social media trend called #ThrowbackThursday. Because nostalgia is marketable, #ThrowbackThursday has expanded from personal stories to reflections on how "stupid we were back then."

Reflect back to the start of your filmmaking career. What mistakes have you made? How far have you grown as a filmmaker? Are you better at your craft? Have you tighten up your story?

I made this video while at the Richard Lawson Studios. I nearly forgot about it. It was shot around November 2010. It made me smile because my career was facing a lot of uncertainty. I had just left my day job to concentrate on filmmaking. I also failed at it several times. Several doors were shut in my face. 

Now in 2014, my career is taking a more positive turn. I finally have a car, and I own better equipment. This is my point: if you want to make a career in film, you WILL face some uncertainty and some moments where you would want to give up. This #ThrowbackThursday video reminded me how optimistic I was about my career, even with my limitations. In the end, isn't this the point of #ThrowbackThursday? Failure is a constant for truly successful people. Embrace it!

Happy Filmmaking!