Fail. Fail Again. Fail Better. How to make better films like Philip Bloom.
November 2, 2013

Fail. Fail Again. Fail Better. How to make better films like Philip Bloom.

Ponte Tower South Africa

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.


Ponte2But, what we can take away from this story is that you should film, film a lot. Don’t try to make every film a perfect work of art. Sometimes you just need to go out and tell the story.

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.

The Blackmagic Camera

The Blackmagic Camera

Johannesberg

Johannesberg

Ponte Tower from Philip Bloom on Vimeo.

See more of Philip Bloom’s work here

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