Jim Lafferty, Creativecow.net Contributing Editor
COW Leaders : Jim LaffertyCreative COW Web Writer, Contributing Editor
I’d thought by now I’d be making films with the likes of Lucas and Speilberg. Such were the aspirations of a 13 year old kid when he was given a writing assignment in the 8th Grade about what he wanted to be when he grew up.
My how things have changed.
Somewhere along the way I got side tracked by this whole “art” idea – aesthetics and theory, the tug of emotions and the play of ideas – and suddenly, the idea of making commercial films became superfluous.
I attended film school at both Drexel University here in Philly, and Florida State (sorta.) Having never been one for the academic life, and by now feeling justified that I knew enough about life out in the real world, I decided to drop out and carve a niche without a degree.
I’ve since taught myself a good deal about the hardware required to make a film, and done my share of stumbling over the usual rocks and pits involved in the journey. Still have a way to go, though…but I hope to help any aspiring digital filmmaker to step around the problems that have plagued me in the past.
As of today, I’m working quite a bit and putting together a few fictional projects shot on miniDV. I’m of the opinion that miniDV is a format that has its own aesthetic potential apart from film – like watercolors to oils, it is neither better nor worse a medium, just different.I’ve also done some ‘bread-n-butter’ work in DV. This past year, I shot a fitness training video for Steve Maxwell of Maxercise Gym here in Philly (Steve Maxwell’s Cruel and Unusual Kettlebell Exercises), and I can just feel the weddings around the corner :)
Thanks to Ron and Kathlyn for the chance to contribute to a great site, and I look forward to seeing you all on the forums!
Articles by Jim Lafferty