One key aspect in videography, or any art form for that matter, is inspiration. Art plays a pivotal role in inspiring others into pursuing a career down a similar path, providing the inspiration to produce their own awe-inspiring work. Rembrandt’s paintings for example, have been influential on lighting designs in the film and photography industries over the last century.
An Unrivaled Resource
Ever since the invention of the World Wide Web, accessing and sharing work has grown exponentially through online communities. Many of whom openly share their experiences and tips on how to attain their level of expertise.
I for one constantly refer back to a number of individuals, most notable of who is Philip Bloom, a British filmmaker whose career spans 25-years working for a range of major brands throughout the world. What makes Philip Bloom influential for myself is that he openly shares his knowledge and experiences online through his blog, creating a wealth of content at the fingertips of those willing to learn.
Over the past couple of years, I have referred back to his site religiously to develop a stronger understanding of various techniques I could then begin practicing myself. Of which, I have a special fondness for his camera reviews! Having recently watched one earlier in the week from 2013 on the Canon 1DC where he braves the freezing weather to test out the camera.
What I am getting at is the importance of using those influences to further improve upon your own work. An open community is important in facilitating this and having an influence over others.
Another influential figure I use as a source for learning is a Canadian filmmaker named Preston Kanak, whom I have used extensively for learning how to produce amazing time-lapse results. He provides great insight, not only in how to produce in camera results, but also the thought processes to consider when shooting a time-lapse and other production features.
One Shot Wonder
Would you believe me if I told you that a video was filmed within five seconds? No, I didn’t think so. But a music video, “Unconditional Rebel”, by French filmmaker Guillaume Panariello for musician Siska, did in fact only take five-whole-seconds filming to create a three-minute music video. The meticulous planning involved to ensure this video went off without a hitch must have taken a few weeks to work out.
I can see this being a backboard for other filmmakers aspiring to create their own slow-motion video in an innovative manner, potentially leading to some equally great footage.
But that’s the importance influence plays over others. For me, I don’t think I’d be doing what I do if it wasn’t for the influence films had on me as a kid.