Field Shooting Guide - Part Five: Shooting on the Climb

Field Shooting Guide - Part Five: Shooting on the Climb

by Director of Development, Graham Zimmerman

When media is created on the cutting edge of a sport that takes place in an extreme environment, such as alpinism, the content generated from the climb must oftentimes come from the athletes themselves. This generates what I would consider to be “athlete driven content,” high in authenticity while lacking in some production value, it is raw and it is real.

15 Ways to Build a Successful Crowd Funding Campain

15 Ways to Build a Successful Crowd Funding Campain

by Creative Director, Jim Aikman

We all know that crowd-sourcing is a necessarily evil in filmmaking, especially when dealing with passion projects. But crowdfunding campaigns are time consuming and a total roller coaster. So here are 15 ways to build a successful crowdfunding campaign.

Three Things to Consider When Pitching a Film Project

Three Things to Consider When Pitching a Film Project

by Director of Development, Graham Zimmerman

Here at Bedrock we are always on the lookout for new stories that inspire us and we feel will, in turn, inspire others. Once a story is found, there is then the crux of finding sponsors with whom we can work to help tell and share the story as well as, of course, pay for the filmmaking process.

Happy New Year from Oregon!

Happy New Year from Oregon!

by Creative Director, Jim Aikman

With 2016 coming to a close, it's been a little more than a year since I moved to Portland from Boulder, Colorado, and the answer is YES, I love it here. Looking back on the year, it was packed full of new environments, adventures, people and ideas, and the most profound professional growth I've experienced since I became a filmmaker. 

How to Develop a Marketable Project and Find Investors

How to Develop a Marketable Project and Find Investors

by Creative Director, Jim Aikman

For me, the most difficult learning curve has been how to develop a concept from something abstract into something that is not only practical but, most importantly, marketable. Let’s face it, nothing gets done in this business without funding, so you have to consider the wants and needs of everybody who supports you at every stage of the game.

 

The Joy of Seeing New Mountains

The Joy of Seeing New Mountains

by Director of Development, Graham Zimmerman

Two of my greatest joys in life are hearing new music and seeing new mountains.

I see strong parallels between the two; the first listen into the structure and hooks of a cut, giving them that first chance to catch your ear and the first view of a face, the initial trepidations and inspiration while seeking a line of safe passage...

 Field Shooting Guide - Part Three: DUST (Shooting in the Desert)

Field Shooting Guide - Part Three: DUST (Shooting in the Desert)

from Director of Development, Graham Zimmerman

I've have had some serious time to ponder DUST during my 3 weeks shooting in the Atacama Desert on Cerro Llullaillaco (the 4th highest volcano in the world). On it's own, the Atacama is an amazingly dusty place with lots of particulates and the lowest rainfall of any non-polar region on earth. To make matters worse, the South side of Llullaillaco is exposed to the dust plume from the Escondida Mine, one of the largest copper mines in the world...

Field Shooting Guide - Part Two: Working with Subjects

Field Shooting Guide - Part Two: Working with Subjects

from Creative Director, Jim Aikman

Working with the camera is only one part of shooting in the field. You also have to work with your subjects, and this is a delicate task. You want to be a part of their scene, but not disturb it; you also need to know when to prompt action or dialogue. You have to be kind and fun, but not placate; you have to guide and incite drama, but not patronize. At the end of the day, you just want to bottle some of their energy and unique character, and this comes down to style - you’re either acting as a fly on the wall, or you’re getting involved, and filmmakers have had polarized opinions about this since the beginning. My feeling is that there is a time and a place for both, and you have to decide what best suits the story you’re telling....

Field Shooting Guide - Part One: Camera Work

Field Shooting Guide - Part One: Camera Work

from Creative Director, Jim Aikman

Gaining experience in every discipline of filmmaking is essential to doing your best work in the production hierarchy. Becoming a good editor will help your shooting, and vice versa. Once you’ve pulled these skill sets into a well rounded expertise, you’ll be better equipped to begin writing, producing, and directing, where you can craft productions from the top down. Based on my own mistakes and experiences in the field and the editing room, there is a kind of “rule book” in my head that I haven't written down until now. So here is my manual for shooting in the field and bringing home the prettiest, most versatile footage possible.....