The Directing Motion Tour brought director Vincent Laforet (@vincentlaforet) to more than 30 cities nationwide to talk about filmmaking in 2014.
Although the tour has wrapped, the digital download is readily available to those who want access to the workshop from the comfort of their own home.
In this post, I’ll review the Directing Motion Tour (DMT) digital download to help you know what to expect before you buy, why the investment is worthwhile, and how to make the most of it.
Look for details at the end of this post on how you can win the entire digital download.
WHAT TO EXPECT
The Directing Motion Tour (DMT) digital download is a great way to experience the workshop offered in 2014.
Since it is a digital download, the workshop is available immediately. When you make the purchase, you get an email with links to eight .mov files. This means you download the files and start the workshop whenever you’re ready.
The files correspond to the live workshop that took place in 2014. Start with the first file and move through the course as your own pace. It’s incredibly easy to follow along. You can pick up or pause whenever you need.
The workshop includes a lot of information, break downs of movies, and actual live shoots to help solidify and expound on lessons.
Indiewire published Vincent Laforet’s top 10 tips for film movement and direction last year, which provides a really great overview of the lessons in the workshop. (Read it here.) Going through the course will help you have a deeper understanding of each tip, and how to apply them to your own work.
No Film School also published an interview with Vincent Laforet in 2014. In the interview, you can catch a glimpse of what Laforet shares in the workshop. Here’s an excerpt from the interview (emphasis added):
NFS: Why should people attend the Directing Motion Tour workshop?
Laforet: The idea is that everyone wants to be a director these days. They think that they can buy the slider, or the jib, or the camera, and that makes them a director. This is meant to refocus people on the craft, of how, when, and why to use those things.
Also, to make people understand that the reason there is “Hollywood” and “Not Hollywood” isn’t the money or the gear, it’s the level of skill involved. This workshop tries to refocus people on that fact. If you find that your pieces don’t quite have that luster that you’re seeing on the big Hollywood screen, it probably has nothing to do with the gear, it probably has to do with the level of skill and complexity involved.
To get more details on the workshop outline and what’s actually included in each section, visit the Directing Motion Tour website.
WHY YOU SHOULD INVEST
Consider why you want to make an investment in your film education.
The knowledge you gain in the workshop is likely to help you improve your craft for the rest of your career. You can revisit the material any time you want a refresher. There’s a direct correlation between honing your craft and getting more paid work.
When you have the right tools, such as the information shared in the digital download, it makes the entire filmmaking experience more enjoyable for everyone on set. Clear communication is mission critical, and this course will help you with it.
The workshop breaks down things you’re likely already doing (such as moving the camera), so that you can understand WHY you make the call and how to do it better next time.
HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF IT
After making your purchase, you get an email from MZed with links to start downloading the files. The .mov files will obviously take a while to download. I highly recommend downloading them all before you start the course. Once they’re all saved to the same location, you can easily move from one part of the course to another.
Since you’re in the comfort of your own home, you can pause or pick up whenever you want. Don’t let yourself get derailed, though. Close your web browsers, put your phone on silent, and block out any other distractions.
Schedule time in your week to go through one video at a time. Make it a priority and stick to going through the material at those designated times.
Those who attended live crammed everything in one day for the sake of efficiency but you have the pleasure of going through the material at your own pace. Capitalize on it. Yes, you can totally binge on the material in one day; however, breaking it up into several days or weeks means you have time to let everything really sink in.
Find an accountability partner. The content is easy to go through on your own, but sometimes the best parts of educational opportunities are the discussions with your peers afterwards. Use the hashtag, #DirectingMotion, to talk about the workshop on social media.
TriFilm Society members, you can also use the private communities to talk about the course content. It’s a great way to work through the material together.
BONUS: LAFORET’S GEAR BAG
Vincent Laforet’s website is a great resource on gear. He breaks gear down into three kits: basic, recommended, and advanced. It’s always fun to see what others have in their gear bag. Check it out here.
CHANCE TO WIN ($349 VALUE)
MZed has partnered with the TriFilm Society to bring you the chance to win the entire digital download of the Directing Motion Tour.
Register to attend the next quarterly TriFilm Society social happening on Tuesday, December 1st, from 5:30 – 7:30 PM. When you check in at the door, you’ll receive a raffle ticket for door prizes. The Directing Motion Tour is our premiere door prize, valued at $349. You must be present to win.
Register for the social here or use the form below: