For my Friends in Tianjin China. TAFA Dont stop making art!
Jun 05, 2017
Finding your way in Digital Filmmaking and following your dreams.
Just got back from China, what a great trip! I am very much excited about all the people I was able to meet and was very grateful to have been able to share some of my knowledge with the students at TAFA Tianjin Academy of Fine Art. I was asked by many students what books or where they can get professional tips on writing, Camera work, Lighting and Editing. Some also wanted to learn some further techniques on visualising to help them achieve their dreams.
So let's Start with Writing
I recommend strongly, Robert McKee book "Story" http://www.mckeestore.com/Books_c_8.htm The Best book on writing for Film or TV. He has other great books as well.
The Master Class in Film History: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Story_of_Film:_An_Odyssey Watch this series and see how our modern film language came into being. It is on Netflix currently.
Camera equipment reviews: http://philipbloom.net/blog/ The best reviews on the equipment we need as Independent Filmmakers.
Book: Painting with Light by John Alton
Magazine: American Cinematographer VERY IMPORTANT: https://theasc.com/magazine/
Manual from the pros it is expensive, but maybe you can get the school to buy it, or a few of you chip in. http://store.ascmag.com/product-p/10110.htm
Book: In the Blink of an Eye by Walter Murch
Book: Film Form by Elena Oumano
Book: When the shooting stops by Ralph Rosenblum and Robert Karen
https://www.rogerdeakins.com/ The Master himself he will even answer questions.
Camera work for Rogue One: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=no97AYwXsD8
Finding your Dream:
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Sean Claffey Director/DP Sean has come up in the industry working with the top directors and producers in the film and commercial world. Sean has worked on over 1000 commercials, and has been privileged to work with the Coen brothers on their Cleo nominated spot "tourist", Spike Lee's NBA, TNT, NHL, Lucas films ltd. The entire Star Wars spots for episode 1 and 2 for Gray advertising. Sean Has Produced 10 and Directed 8 Pilots. Mr. Claffey has directed Homeless to Happiness that exposes the shunned world of the people who live with out shelter. Also, Financial Physician a show where people in financial crisis through no fault of there own are saved and lives are reclaimed. Sean is also in development of a show called Hope and Valor exploring the world of the Volunteer Fire Fighter. Sean has brought two of his worlds together he became a first responder and professional in the film industry in the late 1980’s. “It is a true dream to be able to tell the story of the lives of the people we call when we are unable to help our selves and show what they risk and their sacrifice to help strangers and all hours of the day and night without any monetary reward“ Sean is currently an active New York State Fire Fighter stationed in the town of Ocean Bay Park. “Teaming up With David Pederson of supersize me fame to being able to expose the truth on such a paramount Issue confronting us today such as poverty and the fall of the middle class is an exciting challenge, This documentary will hopefully help create the change needed for us to keep the faltering American dream alive. This is something that effects us all and of which none of us are immune“ Sean’s mission as a Filmmaker Story teller, To tell stories of the oppressed and voiceless, to shine a light into the darkness and expose oppression wherever it maybe.