Craftsmanship In The Movie

Movie director is one of the most enviable jobs, and many boys dream to be a movie director and direct a big box office hit movie, such as Titanic and Avatar. Of course, James Cameron is an excellent movie director and he directed so many classical films that will be remembered on the movie story.

Several decades ago, the director’s work is very mysterious. Few people know how to become a the director of movie, and we only watch the finished movie in the theater. Thanks to the advance of technology, we now can use even the cell phone to shoot a short video. Sure, you can also rent Sony PDW F800 or buy used video equipment to shoot a short movie on your own. Ask your family or friends to play in your movie and you can direct your first movie too.

If you decide to direct a movie by yourself, you should learn some basic rules on how to become the director. As everyone can use a cell phone or camera to shoot some videos, you need to know more about it. Your film can attract others’ interest only if it takes some craftsmanship or other worthy things. It can be a short comedic film or just some footage to express your person options about world or life. There are many movie tops to choose, and a good movie director can make the topic a good film. People would like to pay money for the theater ticket.Make sure that you know every aspect of the making process, not only the directing techniques. Making a movie is the team work, and a good movie director knows about everything during the filmmaking process, including camera work, acting and editing.

There is no doubt that every movie director loves movies and he or she must watch a plenty of worldwide movies. If you want to direct a film, you firstly should watch many movies, especially those famous ones. And you can learn something from the masters, such as pioneers like Alfred Hitchcock. There are different film types, and you should watch as many as possible. Then, you can get a bigger horizon and shoot a good piece of film. When you watch films, you should watch it from different aspects, which are very different from movie audience. The finished movie is your teacher, and you should listen to it, watch it and learn things from it. Certainly, watch film is the first step to become a movie director, and you have to learn more to become a good director.

Movie Review – The Apostate (1999)

This is a forgettable flick despite the formidable talents of Dennis Hopper and Richard Grieco. They know how to swim but how can they save the Titanic?

Nothing works in this movie. Story, effects, characters… it’s all hackneyed, stereotypical, Devil-Meets-the-Church type of artificial conflict.

It is hard to place a finger on any one particular aspect of this film that does not work because there are so many things that do not work in tandem.

Even the music is weird — an amalgamation of spooky Gregorian chants, some electronic scratchings and base riffs emulating heart-beats, mixed with some “Clarinet Blues” from the Balkans, etc. It’s all over the place, like the plot line.

But worst of all, both Hopper and Grieco are seriously miscast. Especially watching Hopper is like watching an actor playing an actor playing a role. It is that self-conscious a performance; that on the surface and contrived. He is almost checking out his watch to see if it is time to go home.

Hopper is certainly no Hannibal Lecter in this particular film. His outbursts that were supposed to reveal some serious evil end up as the whining and protestations of a an artist bored out of his skull so he ends up butchering good looking young people right and left. All of course covered with a thin patina of “metaphysical angst” directed at Mother Mary, Jesus Himself and the Rest of The Universe.

Opposite him is the Grieco character, an artist priest… You can tell the kind of real talent Grieco has (fantastic diction, for example) but thanks to wrong directing, he ends up with an over-the-top performance that is painful to watch.

The bad guy Hopper has butchered up Grieco’s male prostitute brother. So the Grieco character makes it his business to find the left-handed artist madman. It takes a frustrated artist to find another who loves to paint with blood.

I’ll just stop there since I actually do not want you to commit the error of renting this DVD and watch it. Don’t.

A total disappointment. 1 out of 10.

Go rent the “Exorcist” if you want to really see some scary merchandise that pits the Catholic Church against Evil. Or the “Silence of the Lambs” if you enjoy the shock of facing some truly demented and twisted characters. But not this. This is just boring.

5 Reasons Stories Are Powerful Communication Tools

We all grow up with stories. Stories of our family, stories from our friends and stories we read. There are stories we hear at school, at work, on television and in the movies. Stories are everywhere!

And while you`ve been around stories your whole life, you also likely realize that stories have been around forever. Stories have been used by cultures since before written language to pass down oral history and teach valuable lessons.

Given all of this you may recognize the power of stories, but have you thought about how to harness or how to use that power purposefully in your communications as a leader?

Here are five reasons why stories are such a powerful communication tool with the critical linkage for you as a leader – how to think about using stories more effectively to reach your communication goals.

But first here`s an important side note:

If you are thinking “This isn`t for me, I`m not a storyteller,” forget it!

There absolutely are techniques to you become a more effective storyteller (that`s another article), but everyone tells stories (regardless of your job title) and choosing to tell more stories more often will help further your communication goals. How can I be so sure?

Because we have all told stories our whole lives
Because stories are so naturally powerful that when they are selected appropriately they will always help. (The proof comes in the rest of the article, so keep reading).

Why Stories are a Powerful Communication Tool

Stories make a point.

This is quite possibly the simplest and most direct reason why stories are so powerful. Properly selected and told stories can make a point in ways other forms of communication cannot. Stories allow the listener to learn vicariously and discover lessons seemingly on their own. As a leader select your stories carefully and match them to your intended message. Don`t tell stories just “because they are powerful” but because they help you make an important point.

Stories make it memorable.

Well all remember stories, right? In fact, I guarantee you have stories in your mind that have been their most all of your life. While the mechanics of how stories are memorable is beyond the scope of this article, all that really matters right now is that stories can – and do – help people remember things very effectively. As a leader one of your goals with any communication should be to make it memorable. Using well selected, well timed and oft repeated (even though they are memorable) stories will help people remember your message.

Stories make it meaningful.

When we hear a story we have a greater context and understanding of a situation. Stories can personalize a message and make us feel a part of the situation. Use stories to create meaning for people. However, remember, not everyone will have exactly the same meaning. That`s OK, as long as you are telling your stories purposefully and making your main message clear. The meaning each person creates helps them remember and personalize the story.

Stories create and reveal emotions.

Have you ever cried or laughed at a movie, the TV or when reading a book? There is no doubt that stories can create or reveal your emotions. Stories tap into part of what makes us all human. As a leader remember tapping into people`s emotions will help to influence or persuade them.

Stories build connections.

Think about a social situation where you met some new people. It is quite likely the people you feel the greatest bond or attraction to (not necessarily physical, though perhaps) are those who shared a story with you. All stories can create a bond between the teller and the receiver; however, the strongest connections will be forged by personal, first person stories. As a leader, remember your most powerful stories will be things you share about your life experience – especially a time when you failed or made a mistake. Not only can those stories make your intended point, but they also can build a stronger connection or relationship between you and those you are telling the story to.

This brief article only scratches the surface of the power of stories and how you can use them as a leader. However, it does make some important points that – when employed – will help you improve your communication success.

Once upon a time, there was a leader who learned how to use stories more effectively…