Education – An introductory post

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we’re always learning at stillmotion.  we’re always on the hunt for interesting articles, viewpoints, new tools, etc.  we’re always moving forward and pushing our films and stories as far as possible.

educational events play a huge role in that.  not just educational events we attend as guests, but also those where we’re the educators.

the interesting part of being an educator is we often come away learning as much as those we’re educating. the reason is quite simple – to be an effective educator you really have to know what you’re teaching, and to know what you’re teaching, you really have to dive in to your work and find the reasons why you do the things the way that you do.

for us, as filmmakers teaching about the craft of filmmaking, it means we’re constantly diving in to our films and dissecting them layer by layer to ensure at each point we’re staying faithful to story and every decision matters.   if it didn’t, or if we shied away from the story, we ask ourselves why – was it timing? was it a lack of understanding? was it something we just flat out missed? and then we move on to, how can we make it better next time? what systems or check can we put in place to make sure every decision we make is the best one for the story?  self reflection is vital to growth – you need to really assess where you are before you can move past and become better.

being an educator forces us to do that constantly and its single handily been one of the biggest factor to the success we’ve been fortunate to achieve.

over the next 3 weeks, i have a series of blog posts that talk about what education is to us, how we educate, and the important topic of ethics in education.  we’ll also be sharing success stories of people who have attended one of our events and are now on the path they were always intended to be on.

for now, i’d love to hear whats 1 thing you learned about your own work that you learned when teaching someone about the craft of filmmaking?

stay tuned,

- Justin

2 Comments

    Chris Luong

    When I first started making films, all of my shots were minutes long and the entire video was pretty darn lengthy. And at the time, while i was editing, i was having such a great time putting together the footage and simply didn’t take in the length of the shots into account since i was an amateur. And upon showing people the finished product, i kept noticing how long it took for each shot to move on to the next and it really ticked me. Now i really give each shot the appropriate amount of screen time it needs. Which is considerably less than before, but i definitely am able to time the video so it keeps the story moving and keeps the viewer’s attention. If i looked at the films i started with and the ones i have now, you can see the shot lengths taking less time as a whole.

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