Can Filmmakers Learn from Designers? Matt Burwood Says Yes.

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“Reading this article,” writes Bristol-based designer/cinematographer Matt Burwood, “will make you a better filmmaker”. That is the subtitle for an article he has published at storytelling website Medium.

“In this post I will show you how thinking more like a designer will make you a better filmmaker,” he continues.

“Filmmakers learning from designers?” you might ask. “Really?”

Really. I have seen how both creative fields relate, having worked with one great designer/art director who soon became a top-rate director, Warren Eakins. I learned heaps from Warren.

Designer/art director Paul Belford worked at the same agency at the same time and he has done some great little films as well as plenty of respected, award-winning adverts and designs. Paul is also a damned good writer on advertising, contributing a monthly column on important ads of the past to Creative Review magazine’s iPad edition.

So clearly I agree with Mr Burwood's assertion. Moviemakers have a great deal to learn from designers. And advertising art directors and copywriters for that matter. I won’t try to steal any more of his fire so the best thing I can say next is, simply, read his article.

 

What Filmmakers Can Learn from Designers

Via Medium:

Designers are always trying to come up with the best solution. They’re ruthlessly self critical and always asking WHY?

This is because they know that the odds are stacked against them — there is so much competition for your attention that if their advert doesn’t engage you, you’re probably going to gloss over it.

Filmmakers are faced with the same issue — they must get an audience invested in their film. In fact they have a much harder job as they’ve got to keep you glued to your seat for anything up to 3 hours at a time.

what filmmakers can learn from designers

 

The interesting thing is that many novice filmmakers don’t tend to think about their work from this perspective. Designers have no choice—if their design isn’t getting people’s attention then the client will be on the phone asking why no one is buying their stuff. But novice filmmakers rarely have this kind of incentive to put their audience first. This can mean they end up taking their audience’s attention for granted.

I think this is a problem — if you’re not thinking of how you’re going to engage an audience in your film then it’s probably going to suck.

Read full article on Medium “What Filmmakers Can Learn from Designers”

 

Note: it is our policy to give credit as well as deserved traffic to our news sources – so we don't repost the entire article – sorry, I know you want the juicy bits, but I feel it is only fair that their site get the traffic and besides, you just might make a new friend and find an advertiser that has something you've never seen before

(cover photo credit: snap from Medium)

Karin Gottschalk

Karin Gottschalk

Karin is a documentary moviemaker, journalist, photographer and teacher who conceived and cofounded an influential, globally-read, Australian magazine of contemporary art, culture and photography. While based in Europe, contributing to the magazine and working in advertising, she visualised a future telling the same sorts of stories with a movie camera and audio recorder. Now back in her home base in Sydney, Karin is pursuing her goal of becoming an independent, one-person, backpack multimedia journalist and documentary moviemaker. Mentorless and un-filmschooled, she is constantly learning and sharpening up her skill set.
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