Sunday, January 15, 2012

Journey Towards Organization

Cathy Cook
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Cathy Cook, a very talented filmmaker took time to visit out class and share with us her experience with creating film.  Her inspirations for each piece she showed us struck me as intriguing.  She started several films off of an idea, from a poem, or visual that intrigued her and found or created the rest of the video to go with it.  Particularly her film Fire, where she took the images of a fire and built from there.  Originally as she was explaining this to us, it struck me as abnormal.  Why would you focus on one little thing to get the ball rolling?  Then I realized that often a small idea is generally what people use to get started, but they just tend to have applicable objects, images, or subjects readily available that they want to use.  This method, for me, often just creates a mass of information that isn’t always clear.  The advice Cook provided us with about using lists really hit me as something I should do in order to become more organized.  It is a technique that can help set out ideas in front of a person, as well as lead to a storyboard. 
Storyboard Template
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Although a storyboard seems unneeded for something so small, many commercials use them (just a few are shown on this site Cathy showed us).  Storyboards are good way of showing other collaborators how shots are set up, or even composers what is going on, before you have film, in order to create film or an idea.  This is incredibly efficient and seems as if it can create something a lot more meaningful without the added hassle or chaos.  The tips Cook provided us promise to be very useful in creating a work, but also promise to be helpful for receiving funding for anything (even non art related) that I might choose to pursue in the future.  Thank you Cathy!


  1. Yeah storyboards are a really great way to stay organized and have clear communication with your other team members while working on the film project. I think they should be required when we create films because often there are times when in our heads we think we know exactly what we want to film but once with put it down on paper there are some gaps in our thought process so if we prepare before we get out there shooting its going to be a much more cohesive visual message.

  2. Storyboards remind you of everything you were thinking of before you set out with your camera to your location. Some film makers (like Werner Herzog) hate storyboards. They say, they organize it all in their head. They can be an important way to work out the details to save time and money on a production especially back in the day when actual film was shot and every second cost $.