How I See Films Differently

Since working in a production company and seeing the nitty-gritty everyday work that is required my appreciation for film has changed and grown.

Here are just a few of the ways:

The love that goes into films

I’m discovering the truth behind creating a film out of your love for it. When I watch a film I know that everyone loves their job and can see their love of film on the screen.

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The hard work that goes into each film

We sit, watch a film and then complain about anything we didn’t like. Even I do this. Some of those things might be true, however you are watching films that took a year or more to make and that people worked hard on, even up to 20 hours a day.

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No job is too small or unimportant

This one is a tough one for new people entering the field. There are a lot of people that want the big “name” jobs (director, producer, etc). But a film doesn’t come together without those “little” or not glamorous jobs being filled by hard working people who know how important those jobs are. In the end everyone’s contributions, no matter how big or small, make it happen and happen well.

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Creating an authentic environment with the set

The little things add to believing the world on screen is real. You might not notice the hand written letters in a desk drawer, or the photos of a fake family etc, because you are focusing on what is happening on screen. But if those weren’t there, or they look fake, you would know instantly that something was not right in the movie.

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The experience of it all coming together

Sitting and watching a finished film knowing all that has gone into it has made me experience it differently. Sometimes the added knowledge makes me think about it too much, and other times I just watch in awe of all the work that ended up as the finished product.

I may not like every movie I see still, but I do respect and appreciate what they put into it to make it happen. That definitely changes how I see films.

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  • Hilary Dorst is a writer, director, and teacher living in British Columbia, Canada. When she’s not working on movies she is trying to get to the nearest beach and being crafty. She thinks life is about all the small stuff that people forget to look at and enjoy.

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    • hila35

      Reblogged this on The Way Home and commented:
      A blog I wrote for The Initiative Production Company, aka where I work. 🙂

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