How do you get better at filmmaking? Make films. Today we’re revisiting one of our favorite mini-docs from one of our favorite doc-makers, Philip Bloom. While the doc itself is beautifully made with an original story and artful cinematography, we were particularly impressed by a different aspect of this film, time.
“Ponte Tower” is a mini-doc that was conceived and shot all in one day while Bloom was teaching workshops in South Africa. Bloom says, “although the film is not for a client – it’s a personal doc – I treated it like such, as I do with all my personal work and got it cut just 2 days after finishing the shoot.” Beyond impressive! In a matter of a few days, Philip Bloom found a compelling story, told it in a compelling way, and shared it with the world. Now, we are not saying you should try to film and edit an entire mini-doc in 2 days, after all Philip Bloom has 15 years of experience working in television news where he acquired his technical knowledge and lightning fast skills.
Yes, pre-production leads to better films, but it also leads to creative impedance. The fastest way to becoming a better filmmaker is to make mistakes. As Blooms explains, “my workflow was simple. No round trip. Nothing fancy. I needed to get the edit done and out so I could move onto the next film.” In Bloom’s full post (link below) he goes through his process and workflow, including his mistakes. By making mistakes on a quick personal project, we can avoid making those mistakes on a client’s project.
See more of Philip Bloom’s work here