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The Sunday Post

A weekly series in which I share with you three things I’m loving right now. Enjoy…

Peter Jackson quote

Making a film is like taking a journey. There’s where you think you’re going… and then there is where you actually end up. As with all journeys, the process of getting there is often as much if not more fun than arriving. Unlike most journeys however, films invite the whole world to come along for the ride.

This is why personal work is so interesting to me. While professional film work done for clients is always going to showcase the clients personality, when filmmakers shoot personal work, it teaches us something about how they see themselves. Sometimes more than they realize. Let’s take a little trip into the minds of three filmmakers I follow:

Brandon Li of Unscripted
I’ve mentioned Brandon’s work here before. He is a master storyteller, and you know how I feel about people who are good with narrative. His work always focuses on people, even treating the location as a character playing a role. I love this approach. Checkout this dreamy video he made about his trip to Baja California:

The gang from Gnarly Bay
This collective from Rhode Island excels on a conceptual level. I’m guessing they’re all RISD grads. Even their personal work has an overarching higher theme that ties the piece together. Have a look at this gorgeous piece about gratitude, masquerading as a travel video about Maine:

Matthew Dockery of Docklight Productions
Dockery is good with his equipment: his core talent is making technically tricky shots seem effortless. The visuals are more street, giving his work an authentic feel that can’t be faked. He takes the concept of “personal” literally, spending as much time in front of the camera as behind it:

When people publish work online, they are often telling you more about themselves than perhaps they intended. How they spend their free time, what they value, and even who is most important to them. And we the audience can’t get enough, because let’s face it: we all have a little bit of voyeur in us.


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