Lotta the same shit--the KS seems to have stalled very early on. It gets pretty frustrating trying to figure out why certain people aren't dropping a buck in. It also gets frustrating to watch actors who have parts in the movie pimp other stuff(even crowd-sourcing stuff) without ever mentioning the GOH experiment.
Jokes on them, cuz I got a long memory and NOBODY holds a grudge like I do. Can't wait til those fuckers either A) Ask for some footage for their reel or B) Audition for my next film.
Anyway, had a bit of a frustrating convo on FB. I didn't put the frustration out there, as I'm not looking to make enemies while I run this KS thing, but that's what my blog's for, right?
The Sword Scene In Question
The convo was with some friends and a filmmaker I don't know who shot a sword fight scene. It's actually pretty well done and I enjoyed MOST of it. But there some shots where they strapped a go-pro to the swords, and one shot where he strapped it to his foot as he did a dive/roll.
I watched the guy's BTS thing and he mentions that those kind of shots may get gimmicky. I commented on the FB thread that I agreed--they felt gimmicky. I think he got kind of offended and replied that's not what he said--he said he thought that EVENTUALLY they'd get gimmicky, but he thought his shots were good.
I pointed out that the problem on the shots, from my POV, is that every one of them pulls you right out of the scene. You're disoriented at first, then you probably go "Hey, cool camera shot". And as a filmmaker I'd say that those two responses are NOT what you're looking to elicit from a viewer. What purpose in the scene did those shots serve?
I mentioned that in the thread. And he said his reply would be, "To show the audience a view they'd never be able to see."
That's where I stopped talking, because that is just stupid. That is not a justification for a shot in a movie. If your movie's about Ant Man, and he's on the sword in the middle of a sword fight--THAT is a reason to show the camera-strapped-to-the-sword angle.
Just to show a new angle nobody's seen? Serves no dramatic purpose in itself, and in fact works at opposite purpose, reminding you that you're watching a movie(and hey, look how cool the director is!)...
This is why I fear for upcoming filmmakers who have access to all this cool tech and gear without ever having to work to get there. It's Jeff fucking Goldblum's speech in JP. This is a shitty video of it, but THIS is exactly what I am afraid of: