The Garden – the premiere

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We’d like to invite everyone to the premiere of Zolascope’s latest film: The Garden on 5 May at 19:00 at Le Jardin de Froulay bar/restaurant 41 rue de 6 Aôut 1944 53300 Couesmes-Vaucé Tel: 02 43 00 93 79 Map available on the bar’s Facebook page (please like): https://www.facebook.com/LeJardinDeFoulay/ All welcome! Bring your friends and family. The more the merrier… Please… Read more »

Leaving things unsaid

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Speaking on BBC Radio 3’s Essential Classics programme this morning, Tracy Chevalier, author of Girl with a Pearl Earring, made an insightful comment about great art, one that resonated strongly with me – that questions are more important than answers. The context was what drew her to Johannes Vermeer’s famous painting as the inspiration for her novel (made into a… Read more »

Review: Zoom H4n field recorder

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The Zoom H4n digital field recorder has become wildly popular among independent and zero-budget filmmakers. And yet many professional sound recordists roll their eyes and moan “why? For heaven’s sake, why?” whenever the Zoom is mentioned. So why the love and the hate? The love part is easy – it’s cheap (relatively speaking) at around €200. I’m sure we’d all like… Read more »

Call in the professionals?

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I’m in the middle of writing reviews of some of the kit we use, starting with the Zoom H4n sound recorder. And this brought to mind a bit of advice I see often on filmmaking forums. When beginners ask the inevitable question, ‘what audio gear should I buy’, sure as eggs is eggs someone will pop up and say, ‘don’t buy… Read more »

Winging it…

Steve   26 Feb 2016   No Comments on Winging it…
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Helmuth von Moltke famously said, “no plan survives first contact with the enemy” (or, at least, that’s how it’s usually paraphrased). And so it is with filmmaking. Yes, you have a script, a carefully planned shot list and maybe even storyboards. But you’re still going to have to improvise. And unless you’re making a massively expensive, FX-heavy Hollywood blockbuster, this… Read more »

10 useful websites for independent film-makers

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The web is a great resource for independent filmmakers, whether you make two-minute short films or feature movies. Here are 10 of the sites we find most useful as sources of information and education – for film-making techniques and tips, and for that all-important networking. They are presented in no particular order. Stage 32 There’s always Shooting People, which is… Read more »

A smashing time

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Filmmaking involves doing some odd things at times. To be honest, smashing pots and plates in the courtyard doesn’t rank that high on the what-the-hell-am-I-doing scale. But still… In putting the final touches to The Garden, we needed three things: the sound of a plant pot smashing; a one-word bit of dialogue; and an ethereal laugh. And so it was that… Read more »

The joy of screenwriting

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I’ve been toying with screenwriting for years without actually finishing anything, until we started Zolascope. The first full-length works of fiction I completed were two novels, Lady Caine and Black Project. So when I came back to screenwriting with renewed seriousness it was with a sense of discovery and surprise. Writing screenplays (long or short) is entirely different from writing… Read more »