What is “just-in-time” learning?
Just-in-time learning is learning what you need to know right before you need to know it. For me, it works better to learn a skill right before I need to use that skill than learning a skill six months or a year before I need it.
Right now, based on where we are on Planet Burlesque, I am learning DSLR cinematography and color grading.
We need to test our workflow before we go into production, so we’ll do some test shots and color grade those shots. We’ll review the final shots and determine if that’s the final look we want to use for the project and make adjustments if necessary.
I’m also learning more about writing short films, even as I write the script. I highly recommend Kim Adleman’s book Making it Big in Shorts: Shorter, Faster, Cheaper: The Ultimate Filmmaker’s Guide to Short Films (affiliate link).
After we shoot our short film based on Planet Burlesque, it will be time to learn more about video editing.
See how this works? A simple system for a simple guy.
I didn’t mention this on the show, but I learn these skills on Lynda.com and YouTube videos.
Writer’s block strikes!
Last week, I talked about systems for producing profitable films. However, it’s the writing, the story, the script that’s really important.
If you want a system, use this:
Write the best possible script that takes advantage of the resources you have.
For about a week, I’ve been stuck working on the script for Planet Burlesque and writing the script for the short film.
I didn’t freak out about it and kept trudging through the story.
Then, out of nowhere, while driving, I envisioned the movie as a comic book – or a series of comic book panels.
While this isn’t a magic solution, it sure felt like it.
For some reason, I can visualize the story and story possibilities much easier as a comic book than visualizing the movie itself.
I know that’s weird, but it works for me.
Maybe someone reading this has a theory as to why.
My theory is it takes less brain power to visualize comic book panels than movie scenes. Comic book panels are static while movie scenes move.
I was thinking about our project as a comic book because we’ve always thought it would be cool if Planet Burlesque could be turned into a comic book.
And Funko Pop characters.
I don’t want this to be a conventional movie. If you’re doing a low budget movie, especially science fiction, you have to find a way to stand out from all the other indie films out there.
Visualizing Planet Burlesque as a series of comic book panels helps me imagine less traditional scenarios.
This past week, I got an email from Eric Shumacher.
Hi, I just became aware of your site. Very cool. I’m an actor and filmmaker and my favorite genre is sci-fi/fantasy. I’ve also got a bit of a following in the western genre having played both Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday, the latter in Alex Cox’s latest film. Alex is best known for his work as the director of Repo Man, Sid and Nancy, etc. I frequently lecture at sci-fi conventions and Comic-Cons and enjoy sharing tips about the creation process. I’d be pleased to be of help somehow.
Thank you, Eric! Welcome to Team Planet Burlesque!
You can find out more about Eric here: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2888644/
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