April 2014 - Blog
Cinema is a visual art form. It is universal and ubiquitous. The same images and stories flash by inside a darkened theater as they do inside your living room. Films enthrall us. They are spellbinding. They are magical. The spectacle of seeing moving images for the first time is something never forgotten. The first film I saw was JAWS at a drive-in theater in Canada at the age of 4. I’m still petrified of sharks. Thanks Spielberg!
For a long time…the camera did not move. It was planted on a tripod and the action played out in front of it. After a while, it began to pan, tilt, dolly, zoom and crane. Now it Steadicams, slides, floats, MŌVIs, flies, goes handheld or can be mounted to any and every moving or stationary object. There are no limits to how or where you can shoot from. This freedom comes with a consequence. Just because you can…doesn’t mean you should. Camera movement is most effective when it serves the story and enhances the narrative. This is easier said then done. It requires thought and planning.
In March 2014, I began work on the sequel to one of the most unexpectedly popular films of 2013. SHARKNADO hit the Syfy network on July 11, 2013. In the classic B-movie Hollywood style of Roger Corman…The Asylum delivered a cult film that was both embraced and reviled. Bottom line…a lot of people saw the movie. 7,000,000 watched it in the USA alone. It’s rated 82% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes and has a 3.3 rating on IMDB. So apparently it’s both good and bad? What does that mean? I have no idea. I saw it and loved it.
The sequel is coming July 30th, 2014.