Guest Posted March 6, 2014 Share Posted March 6, 2014 Drop a tennis ball into a football sock and then spin it as fast as you can in a circle above your head. Make sure nobody you like is standing nearby. That circle is your film. The ball is Content, the sock is Form. They need each other. One is not any more necessary than the other. They are the two essential ingredients of any artistic endeavour. The â€˜artâ€™ is in the spinning. If you can get the tension between the sock and ball right, youâ€™ll knock â€˜em out. I really like EOSHD. Andrew knows his stuff and his reviews, if sometimes a little opinionated for my taste, are rarely boring. The thing I like most though is that his blog and forum cater to quite an exiting group of people. Low/no-budget filmmakers and videographers are living in exciting times - we all know this. I assume (perhaps wrongly?) that in one way or another the majority of you see yourself as artists who either donâ€™t have access to enough money to make the films you'd like to, or who simply want to make films entirely on your own terms. Iâ€™m not just talking about wannabe Hollywood auteurs. Iâ€™m talking about anyone who is excited by the fact that good filmmaking equipment, allowing real cinematic creativity, is available to almost anyone now (even the new dad who thinks his kids are so great they deserve Dante Spinotti on them 24/7). Of course EOSHD is a gear-orientated site, and gear is only one side of the filmmaking coin. On the other side the gear is in your hands and you have to actually create something good with it. Thatâ€™s what this post is about. It isnâ€™t about form vs content - thatâ€™s whatâ€™s called a false dichotomy (my title was a lie). This post is about our need to put the amazingly powerful tools we have in our hands to good use. Iâ€™ve seen it on this forum many times now - posts asking if thereâ€™s a site like EOSHD for the creative side of filmmaking. Iâ€™ve wished for the same myself. If you know of one, please point me toward it. In the meantime I decided to set up a forum. Itâ€™s not my forum - I donâ€™t know anywhere near enough about filmmaking for it to be that. Itâ€™s just a forum. If you guys have a use for it, it may start small and then grow. If not, Iâ€™ve lost twenty dollars on a domain name and an evening in front of my Mac. I can live with that. :) Please have a look: www.creativcrit.com GET STUCK IN, have some fun, maybe start a topic or two ... Everyone is welcome. On the homepage there are two boxes - â€˜Group Critâ€™ and â€˜Study Groupâ€™. The Group Crit is the place to discuss anything related to your own filmmaking. The Study Group is the place to discuss the work of established artists and experts (not just in film!). By the way, in case anyone is troubled by visions of mutiny etc., this thread has the blessing of EOSHD. Creativcrit is intended as a complimentary site, not a competitor. Thanks very much, Matt. P.S. Iâ€™m very keen that the forum works democratically, so please leave ANY thoughts, ideas, criticisms, misgivings, suggestions, etc. below. Sean Cunningham, andy lee, skiphunt and 1 other 4 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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