All posts filed under: filmmaking & writing

“Sensitive Skin” with Kim Cattrall

I realise that a lot of people don’t like, or perhaps even hate Netflix, but for a working and homeschooling mum, Netflix is a Godsend. One of the shows I recently discovered is “Sensitive Skin” with Kim Cattrall. I’ve always liked her and thought that “Sex and the City” without Samantha wouldn’t have run for longer than a season, maybe two. In “Sensitive Skin” however, Kim Cattrall’s character Davina is nothing like Samantha from “Sex and the City”. Davina has been in a long-term relationship, she has a son, who is not so keen on his parents and blames them for everything that has been going wrong with his life. However, Davina doesn’t try to fix him; she is trying to fix her own life, which only recently she came to realise that has not been as satisfying as she imagined would have been when she was young, full of dreams and hopes. When we meet Davina and her husband Al, they have just moved back to the city, leaving their suburban lifestyle behind, which …

What Does Film Director Really Do?

As a film student I read many books written by film directors, who I admired but I never fully understood what film director’s job was and what do they do on and off the set. It all became clear to me once I started making my films, making mistakes, and learning from them. Below you will find my personal list of the director’s responsibilities/what film directors really do: 1. A director must protect the story and make sure it is told in the best possible way for the audience to enjoy. 2. Before walking onto the film set, the director needs to analyse the script and use that in-depth analysis to understand the story, and then use that understanding as a storytelling tool. 3. The director must know the script, the story, and the characters inside out before going into production. 4. Be prepared to work with the actors. If needed, the director should have a little reminder session of how to work with the actors to help them develop their characters. 5. The director …

Should You Agree to Work for Free?

This is a question many people in the creative sector will be asking themselves throughout their careers, and unfortunately, the “offers” to work for free don’t end the older you become or, the more experience you have. When I left the film school, it was believed that you needed to work for at least two years for free to break into the industry before receiving paid job offers. I graduated from the film school in 2004, and as of this writing, I do not accept job offers, which are for free. Having said that I am always more than happy to work on friends’ projects for free and help the people who helped me out. But these are people I knew and worked with; these people are not random individuals I found online and decided to approach expecting to work on my projects for many hours, and many days and weeks for free. I get lots of offers to work for free with a vague promise of a payment sometime in the very indefinite future. …

Storytelling Is Trendy

Storytelling has been a part of our human culture and experience since the beginning of times. Storytellers have always been important and respected members of every culture and society. Whole tribes used to gather around the fire camp listening to stories, learning, and passing the knowledge to the next generation. Stories still help the children to understand everyday life, emotions and dangers associated with the society they live in. Stories have always been the connecting element between the present and the past; the connection between the older generation and the younger generation. Even history is a story told from someone’s perspective. Currently, we are lucky enough to live in very prosperous and exciting times for storytelling and the storytellers. Storytelling is thriving in every shape and form, which for people like me, who consider themselves storytellers, is fantastic. There are so many outlets, so many ways to tell stories and so many creative ways to reach the audience; something our tribal ancestors didn’t have access to. The ease with which we can access stories and …

How to Make Videos More Appealing to Your Audience?

1. Make sure you record your audio correctly. People can put up with out of focus images but if the audio is off, you will have a hard time attracting viewers. 2. Make your videos short and to the point. I’m not a big fan of long-winded videos that in reality could have been cut down to a few minutes. 3. If your video is short, don’t introduce rapid, MTV cutting; it will only make your audience feel sick from too fast editing and too much movement. 4. Don’t mislead your audience with your video’s title; make sure your title accurately describes your video and what’s in it. 5. Don’t cover too much ground in one short video. If you try to cover too many subjects in a short space of time, you may find hard to hold audience’s attention. Make your videos very specific. If it is ‘how to’ video you are making, answer just one question, not gazillion at the same time. 6. Don’t use special effect excessively, especially if it doesn’t look …