All posts filed under: filmmaking

“Columbus”, written and directed by Kogonada

“Columbus”, written and directed by Kogonada is my favourite film of 2018 so far. The film is set in Columbus, Indiana and uses real-life locations, which are magnificent. It’s a simple story about Casey (wonderfully played by Haley Lu Richardson) and Jin (played by John Cho) and the complicated relationships they both have with their parents. Both characters, severely hurt by their respective parents, find moving on with their lives difficult. Casey is a young woman, who tries to make the best of living in Columbus while looking after her self-destructive mum. She is a real architecture nerd, and Columbus, true Mecca of the modernism architecture, provides her with a lot to admire, ponder on and learn from. Jin, young Korean-American, is a son of a world-renown modernist architect who, while visiting Columbus, ends up in a hospital in a coma. Casey feels she must stay for her mum and doesn’t want to admit to herself or the world around her that by doing so she gives up on her dreams and aspirations, and wastes …

Don’t Be Like the Dude on LinkedIn

Since the Internet fully emerged and the social media entered people’s lives many of us in the creative industries, have been told that using social media for marketing and promoting our work can make a significant impact on our success. It’s true that creating meaningful content that can help others and enhance your audiences experience is gold. However, like most things, it takes longer to build impact with your work in such a way. Overnight success means that the person has been building towards that success for years before they became an overnight sensation. Alas, not everyone is patient enough to wait and some people, to speed up the overnight success, buy followers to join the influencers society; some people only post stuff that directly relates to whatever they are trying to sell, they don’t comment, and are not into building relationships with the online community. A few months ago I was contacted via LinkedIn by a dude who is trying to create a business of making impact films. He sent me an online form …

What Is the Difference Between Social Media Manager and Digital Media Strategist?

A social media manager is a person who will monitor and contribute to your social media outreach. That person will post for you, tweet for you, reply to the comments and in general engage in the conversation on your social media platforms for you, your brand, and your products. They will represent your work and your brand of social media, which means that this person should be social media savvy. Social media manager also administrates the creation or can create content based on the digital media strategy designed for your brand. Often they are asked to create content or hire the right people to develop the content for the brand if they can’t create it themselves. By content I mean: blogs, videos, spots, trailers, graphics, podcasts; anything that could be used to build brand’s awareness. A social media manager needs to be a very well organised person who knows how to promote content online, manage this content and implement publishing schedule. It is a fun role that requires diverse skills and flexibility and good customer …

Women in Film: “Campo De Batalla” by Amancay Tapia

Amancay Tapia is a multi-award winning filmmaker, freelance journalist and a founder and blogger at The Lady of the World. She is also a mum living her life to the fullest. Amancay has a proven track record as a film director as well as a writer. From our Twitter exchange, she comes across as a person who cares, which in my personal opinion is the key to honest filmmaking or journalistic work. Amancay also works part-time at the House of Commons (UK Parliament). As you can see she is a busy, modern woman who in pursuit of her passion must juggle a lot. I finally managed to watch her feature film “Campo De Batalla”, a story of five women trapped in a beauty salon due to a social revolt on the streets of La Paz, Bolivia.       I loved the animated opening sequence, which I thought was undoubtedly a nice touch. The film is set in one location, the beauty salon, newly opened by a single mum, who only recently got back to …