Watchtower of Turkey from Leonardo Dalessandri on Vimeo.
Question from a High School Student:
So I’m applying to colleges soon and would love to major in cinematography or something similar. As of now I only have short DIY videos (interned for a studio) with little actual camera movement. I go to a high school that’s incredibly academically oriented so very few people would be willing to act for me. How can I show to the colleges what I know and can do if I don’t have any subjects? I really want to stick out because my gpa is isn’t necessarily the best when compared to others.
Answer from a Film Production Grad:
See if you can find a decent camera, maybe a 5D or GH4 or something along those lines. If not, then a smart phone. Then, go out and shoot stuff. Anything. People on the street, traffic, weather. Shoot the prettiest stuff you can, at dusk, twilight, golden hour. Then, cut it together into a mood piece and set it to music.
This obviously has a lot of production value and was shot in a beautiful city, but I’d look to it for inspiration since it’s non-narrative and still very cinematic: https://vimeo.com/108018156
Also, some schools will accept a visual portfolio consisting of other things than just film work. I’m a USC film production grad student and got in based on photos and a writing sample. Film schools want to see that you have a ‘cinematic imagination’ more than anything-– they’re not assuming you’ve already shot an award-winning short (unless you’re applying to AFI, but that’s more of a conservatory than traditional film school).
Great script very thought provoking, the Cinematography is amazing.
Topics covered are TIME MANAGEMENT & PRODUCTIVITY.
Inspirational video for those who need a little perspective of how their time is spent. Quote of the day, “It’s not that we have a short time to live but that we waste a lot of it.”
Great Inspiration post provided by one of my current students Samual Ramirez. “This video, by Philip Bloom, truly inspired me to take a different look on camera’s and lighting. He took a beautiful camera (Sony A7s), and really brought out the potential. This video inspired me to push it to the limits, and explore all of the possibilities. I recommend taking a look at this work of art, to get ideas for your future projects.”
This video was really humble and inspiring of what a good person looks like in the world. Selfless and giving to all forms of life.
“Eventually I discovered for myself the utterly simple prescription for creativity; be intensely yourself. Don’t try to be outstanding; don’t try to be a success;don’t try to do pictures for others to look at- just please yourself.”
FocalPower – Photo Quotes Archive.