Sunday, November 16, 2014

The Film LLC

Hello and welcome to the Film Living Learning Community! My name is Spencer. My Co-RA Isaac and I have the honor of being RAs for the Film LLC! We're brothas from the different mothas and share a great passion for film and helping others become better filmmakers.

So far this year has been amazing! We started out with an awesome floor event to help break the ice and get residents connected with Production Club, which gives students the opportunity to get hands on experience in a professional environment and shoot a high quality short film. We had a free screening of Production Club's past film, Gears, which has been very successful at many film festivals.

We also got free tickets to see Man With a Movie Camera, projected on 16mm film at the Milwaukee Film Festival with a live pit orchestra! The Milwaukee Film Festival is one of the many gems here in Milwaukee and there is nothing quite like it!

One of the reason why we chose to watch "Man With a Movie Camera" was because it was shot on and projected on Black and White 16mm film. This semester, Film LLC residence are learning how to shoot on 16mm film themselves, using cameras that were used during WWII! Shooting on film takes much more discipline than shooting digital and is a great way to learn the basics of cinematography! Every shot needs to be well measured and well thought out.

Just recently, Isaac and I put on a lighting demo to help residents understand the basic fundamentals of light and how to use it to not only expose an image properly, but to get a desired look or feel!
The most impressive thing I've seen in the Film LLC thus far has been the great passion there is for film and to tell stories through cinema. People have been going above and beyond to create their own short films outside of class. There is nothing like being surrounded by people who share a similar passion and are willing to go the extra mile to help bring each other's visions to life.

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