When I sold my apartment in Copenhagen it left me in a position to make some investments for the future of my business. Which, in case you were wondering, is the business of telling stories. I chose to invest in video.
I have been wanting to do video on a more serious level for a long time, but I didn’t have the setup to recreate the visuals in my head. Don’t get me wrong, I am a firm believer in the whole it’s-not-the-gear-but-how-you-use-it thing, but if you have specific ideas that your current setup just can’t do, it might be time to upgrade. So, I’m moving from iMovie to Final Cut Studio, from camcorder to DSLR and from built-in mics to a wireless system.
Up until now, I have just fooled around with video. Over the next few months I will dive into the more technical bits and study, practice and practice some more. But it doesn’t start with editing, special effects or even filming. Software and hardware does not a great film make. So I have gone back to the beginning.
In my mind filmmaking of any kind starts with good writing. That is where I have begun. I am reading about scriptwriting of all kinds, from documentary and music videos to feature films. And I am experimenting and doing exercises in writing for visuals as I go. Warming up before a few bigger test-projects involving other people and actual filming.
It’s a huge investment in terms of both time and money. Am I nervous about it? Absolutely! I think any important decision should make you a little nervous, just so you’ll take it seriously. But mostly I am excited to learn and dive deeper into something that has always interested and attracted me, but that I have only ever scratched the surface of.