Vincent Laforet Gives Directing Motion an Airing in Sydney, Impresses with His Insights, Enthusiasm

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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 discussing a scene from Steven Spielberg’s ‘Schindler’s List’, with Ben Kingsley and Liam Neeson depicted. All images here photographed with Panasonic Lumix GH4 and Olympus M.Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8 Pro lens, processed with DxO OpticsPro and DxO FilmPack and Adobe Photoshop CC 2015.

Vincent Laforet discussing a scene from Steven Spielberg’s ‘Schindler’s List’, with Ben Kingsley and Liam Neeson depicted. All images here photographed with Panasonic Lumix GH4 and Olympus M.Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8 Pro lens, processed with DxO OpticsPro, DxO FilmPack and Adobe Photoshop CC 2015.

 

Two attendees winding down during the lunchtime break. The Directive Motion seminar ran from 9am to beyond 4pm on a cold, wet Saturday at The Powerhouse Museum, a branch of the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences in Sydney.

Two attendees winding down during the lunchtime break. The Directing Motion seminar was an intense experience and ran from 9am to beyond 4pm on a cold, wet Saturday at The Powerhouse Museum, a branch of the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences in Sydney.

 

Two Røde staff members with a very jet-lagged Vincent Laforet after the seminar. Røde and Atomos sponsored the two-day Directing Motion event and provided prizes for the raffle. Mr Laforet’s Sydney schedule was heavy, with the hands-on practical component of Directing Motion all the next day followed by helicopter-borne stills shoots for Monday and Tuesday nights, weather permitting.

Two Røde staff members with a very jet-lagged Vincent Laforet after the Directing Motion seminar. Røde and Atomos sponsored the two-day event and provided prizes for the raffle. Mr Laforet’s Sydney schedule was heavy, with the hands-on practical component of Directing Motion all the next day followed by helicopter-borne stills shoots for his AIR project on Monday and Tuesday nights, weather permitting.

 

Vincent Laforet’s top 50 feature films on Blu-ray.  He studied these in depth when he was laid off due to an injury and Directing Motion came out of his analyses of the directors’ and DPs’ use and understanding of camera movements to convey meaning and emotion.

Vincent Laforet’s list of the top 50 feature films on Blu-ray.
He studied these in depth when he was laid off due to an injury and Directing Motion came out of his analyses of the directors’ and DPs’ use and understanding of camera movements to convey meaning and emotion.

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Vincent Laforet's Directing Motion Tour – Sydney

via RØDE:

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)

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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