Welcome to H4M!

posted on June 22, 2009 by Jeff Freeman

Welcome! This website has been two years in the making, and we're excited to have it finally go live! We're looking for this to be the biggest event in recent history. As long as Kim Jong-Il doesn't steal our thunder by bombing something. We think the problem lies in his haircut. It pulls his brain apart. And don't get me started on bin Laden. What's under that thing on his head, anyway?

It all started one night when Mukhya was down from Juneau, visiting Jeff in Los Angeles. He had borrowed some lights from a friend, and they were playing around with them. He showed her some things he'd learned at film school and on the set, and she said that she got more out of that couple of hours than from countless books. Why was it so effective? We actually looked at light situations instead of just reading about it. We decided to embark on a tutorial project, to show on video different aspects of the filmmaking experience as if you are right there on set, looking at each light, listening to the microphones with the mixer, working with the actors on their lines, even working with the director during pre production on shots, etc. We shot a short film in Juneau in October, and got a lot of shots of us shooting. We'll be putting up snippets and short lessons regularly on the site. Stop by often to see what's up. And if you have suggestions about things you'd like to see, let us know.

Here's the deal: While it's always great to work with top-of-the-line equipment, and it really makes a difference in the look of a film, there is no reason why anybody's home equipment shouldn't be good enough to make an entertaining film. The secret is understanding the limitations of the equipment (and your situation - money, willing participants, etc.) and working with them, not against them. We'll look into how to make cheap, effective lighting equipment, use a variety of sound techniques in production and in the edit, work with non actors and get amazing performances from them, not to mention how to write a script that is compelling AND doable with the resources available.

Most of all, we're hoping to get people involved with each other. We encourage you to comment on the articles, and participate in the online film fests. Stop by the classified section and place an add to get rid of something, or answer an ad for the deal of a lifetime. One man's junk is another man's treasure! All the articles have comments sections, so give us your feedback, start discussions, and post links to your films so we can see what you've been working on.

-Mukhya & Jeff

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