DSLR moviemaking pioneer Vincent Laforet’s Directing Motion training tours are, to the best of my knowledge unique. He analyzes scene after scene selected from some of the greatest feature films by some of the finest directors and directors of photography, engagingly shares the principles and rules he has deduced from them, illustrated with the actual scenes and inspires his audience to see the world anew.
Moviemakers compare Directing Motion to the education they received in film school and those long, expensive years of formal training are found wanting. If you have the opportunity to attend Directing Motion, even just the lecture component as I did recently in Sydney courtesy of the folks at Røde, then seize it with both hands. It is worth every cent and every second of the day.
If you can’t make it Directing Motion in any form – it was revamped into a two-day lecture then practical workshop in Sydney – then consider buying the downloadable record of Directing Motion’s US tour.
The Full Directing Motion Bundle is available for US$349.00. Australian moviemakers may wish to consider investing in the Directing Motion HD Training before our dollar crashes down even further.
I have not seen the Bundle myself but if Sydney’s theory seminar was anything to go by then the HD Bundle download will be an excellent reference when needed. I made copious notes and shot plenty of snaps of Mr Laforet's slides but a full and permanent reference would be handy. And the training bundle’s extracts of crucial scenes from his list of the top 50 feature films on Blu-ray will be a far more affordable and effective alternative to watching every one of those fifty movies. Let Mr Laforet do it for you complete with copious commentary, Shot Designer diagrams and scene, commentary then scene again.
Some background on why Mr Laforet was also here in Australia. Sydney, Melbourne and cities in Asia are on the to-do list for his AIR helicopter-borne stills photography project. Support from Atomos and Røde helped with the Australian leg along with funds raised from Directing Motion. Scheduling conflicts meant Melbourne had to be dropped.
I will be intrigued to see how Sydney shapes up from the air. This is a more spread out, much greener suburban city than Melbourne, with large swathes of inner city parkland, sports reserves and national parks scattered amongst the commercial highrises, big blocks of flats and suburban quarter-acre blocks. A very different sort of city from New York, Paris or San Francisco.
Will Sydney resemble a brightly-lit printed circuit board like those three or something different again? Let’s hope the weather cleared enough for Mr Laforet to get his shots and for us to eventually find out.
Vincent Laforet gives Directing Motion an airing in Sydney – impressive insights, enthusiasm. Click To Tweet
Vincent Laforet's Directing Motion Tour – Sydney
Discover how to master the art of camera movement, blocking, lensing, and sequencing in this exclusive event with one of the industry’s most respected and forward-thinking filmmakers.
Following the success of Vincent’s 2014 USA tour, which saw him present to 3,500 people across 32 cities, RØDE Microphones & Atomos are pleased to be bringing him to Australia for this exciting lecture and workshop series over a compact two day format, that will help you see an entirely new dimension to cinematic motion.
Learn more about Vincent Laforet's Directing Motion tour
(cover photo credit: snap from Karin Gottschalk)