Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Reel and Artist Statement



As an artist, I consider myself an amateur and I think I always will. Even if it seems to others that I have mastered a skill, I know in my childlike heart that there is still so much that I don't know. This outlook on life and cinematography is heavily influenced by filmmakers like Marc Singer and Conrad Hall, ASC. Both of these filmmakers go into their films knowing that their knowledge is not the end all be all and delight in the happy accidents. I try not to put on airs about being a genius and technically solid photographer; I'm not. But do I know enough technique to stumble upon the happy accident? Yes I do. Do I have the drive and sense to figure it out if I don't know the answer? Yes I do. Will I try things that don't make by the book sense? Yes I will. Because I read the book. And then I threw it out.

-MRD

12 comments:

  1. Looks like you have a lot of experience with Making Of and other documentaries! My favorite shot is the one with "Sandra McCracken"...

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  2. Megan,

    Yes, you've definitely got some really great shots here! I really LOVED how much behind-the-scenes and interview things you had. Those are so often forgot about, but they also have to look good and you definitely do that!

    You're artist statement is great because I can totally hear your voice in there! That's a great thing! I too perceive myself as very naive and childlike about the film world (and life, really!) and think it is a great approach. It keeps you ready to learn, ready to do what's fun, and most importantly: from an inflated ego! Haha!

    Great work Megan! I would hire you! :)

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  3. I liked a lot of your shots. I think it's interesting how you claimed to be amateurish, but yet the Sandra McCracken shot looked incredibly professional!

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  4. What an artist statement! keep on doing what you do!!! Great reel by the way!

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  5. You have some great behind the scenes footage! I also really like some of the art footage. Is that Charlie Lucas? I couldn't play it in HD, you should check that because it could make a huge difference! Great reel overall and I loved the music.

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  6. Beautiful shots everywhere and an amazing choice for music.

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  7. Your reel had such awesome shots throughout out, and as I watched it I couldn't help but think you would be great for documentaries and behind the scenes work because you captured these moments so beautifully! At times I thought the song was a little distracting, but I think it works. Overall, awesome job!

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  8. Nice reel, there were a lot of really good looking shots in there and enough variety I think it showcases your talent quite nicely. Also, cool music.

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  9. Loved your documentary shots. They really expressed the environment the subject of the shot was at home in. (Also, Zom-Com!)

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  10. I really liked the realistic feel that your shots communicate. Documentaries seem like your niche.

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  11. You did a great job with finding the right music to the fit your reel. Your work makes have that "fly on the wall" type of emotion, and as a documentary story teller that is crucial. I feel that there were probably tons of "happy accidents" when you were shooting a lot of this and you were able to take hold as a film maker and made sure they were captured.

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  12. Awesome artist statement, really suits you :) and great reel!! There was such a variety of subject that I found myself wondering what was going to be next, it was very unexpected. But I thought the water dropping shot near the end seemed a little out of place, and the ending could have used a little more of a "bang" I'm not sure how. Good music choice!! I might consider having muffled sound for the interview shots or not having a few of them on so long because then you stop seeing the image and start wondering what they're saying. Great job though, really. It's super good as is. :)

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