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The Story is What Matters

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Eric Seals May 22, 2011, 5:02 p.m. permalink

FtF reviewer Michael Fagans came to Detroit for a event and he and had a chance to meet for the first time today, grab lunch and talk about lots of things.

One of the things we talked about is all the technology with Canon 5D, 7D, all the gears and gadgets but the best thing to come out of it that we both agree with is that no matter what you use for video storytelling it's the STORY that matters.  I'm more of a traditional video camera guy and use Canon 5D's to compliment a piece and not as a main camera but reading what Shane wrote and the comments he got from it was a good reminder about things.....

Shane Hurlbut who is an amazing cinematographer and has fallen in love with HDSLR's wrote a short blog post about this exact thing here -->

Some highlights that are good to hear and/or remember are;

"I stepped back and looked, with some objectivity at the frenzy of tech. Having a far-away perspective this year made me think again about what is at the core of filmmaking – which is the story."

"Story is at the heart of everything. Go with what you feel, find your own way. The most important thing is knowing what you want to achieve, not just the techniques for getting there. This is something that I remind myself almost every day I am creating. It keeps me grounded, with this tech world changing a million miles a second. Keeping up, staying on that treadmill is exhausting and unproductive. You have a vision; it’s in your mind and your heart. Decide what your duties as a filmmaker are after the story speaks to you."

"The story is what sticks, not what you shot it with. The camera is not the draw, the story is what inspires and moves people."


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James Cuff June 11, 2011, 4:59 a.m. permalink

That's a great post. Thanks for sharing Eric.

Story is key. Sometimes we can get bogged down in technology, even effects in the edit when we are only there to tell the story not be a part of it.

Thanks again.

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