We attended the KNOW tour, you should too!on Sep 28 in Photography by Meg
Yesterday I had the opportunity to attend the KNOW tour during stillmotion’s stop in Boston. I will say that, yes, we do know the stillmotion team very well. Are we writing this to just brag about our awesome friends? Maybe a little…but as a photographer/emerging filmmaker myself they never cease to amaze me with not only their work but educational drive. When we partnered with stillmotion ‘back in the day’ we saw what they were doing in the world of filmmaking but also their desire to educate all who wanted to learn about the path they took and how they have become who they are today.
Upon arriving at the Hyatt Regency in Cambridge, where the seminar was taking place, I was thrilled to see how welcoming everyone was. We’ve obviously met with the stillmotion team, Patrick, Ray, Joyce, Amina and others before but it was fantastic to see how eager they were to start the day and were already answering questions before the seminar even started.
When attendees arrived they were presented with KNOW – Field Guide to Filmmaking (and second best friend in filmmaking), the book stillmotion just published. We had heard others who had attended previous seminars in other cities say that the book itself was worth the price of admission. Boy were they spot on! 367 pages of delicious filmmaking educational goodness. Everything from knowing how to develop your story, lighting setups, tips on recording audio, and obviously tons of information about gear (what lenses and cameras to use, how to create movement, and setting up the perfect triangle of aperture, ISO and shutter speed). It also talks about two films they did along with the entire planning process and execution.
The actual seminar was set up so that while they were talking about a specific topic, they also listed the pages in the book that you could find this information on. Seriously, just awesome how they planned everything out. One of the things that I loved the most is when they showed segments of their work and the room worked together to figure out what camera and lenses were possibly used, what was creating the movement and why focus was important. Doing this broke up the talking/listening part of the seminar which
kept everyone super engaged. They also set up a ton of gear and went over lighting setups that everyone could see on the big screen. Again the room worked together to create the perfect interview lighting setup for “Ryan Lochte”…aka Evan!
Some of my favorite quotes from yesterday that made me say “hmmm…” include:
“The biggest step you can take to become a better filmmaker IS YOUR NEXT ONE.”
“Light isn’t just what it is. It’s just not “good” or “bad”. A small tweak can make a big difference.”
“Prime lenses force you to be proactive, not reactive.”
“Make it sound like a conversation, not a performance.”
“Go on to do your own thing. Ideas trump tenure.”
It’s always great for us to get out of the office and see what our partners are up to. Yes, I’m going to suggest you go to one of their next cities because we love all of them and we’re going to support them. But for me, personally, being there changed how I see things, what my process is like, and what I feel about filmmaking. I feel like I have a new crush on an old friend.