Filmmaking blogs, websites and forums tend to use their bandwidth to discuss equipment and, to a lesser extent, craft. This information is incredibly useful for independent filmmakers and aspiring filmmakers who aren’t connected to the Hollywood network of gear-heads and craftsmen to keep them in the loop.
Since that need is fulfilled, and perhaps even overfilled online, this blog is something different. Here, equipment will not be a primary, or even a secondary focus. Here, the artistry of film will be discussed, analyzed and—hopefully—illuminated. Craftsmanship and equipment may come up as they relate to embodying artistry, but they certainly will not be the focus.
How am I differentiating between artistry, craftsmanship and equipment?
To me, art is human wisdom distilled into character and (often) narrative that is accessible to the intellect and that entertains the emotions, and artistry is the ability to excel at such an awesome task of conception. Craftsmanship is related to the particularities of the execution—an artist must be a craftsman of sorts, but not all craftsmen are artists. Equipment, of course, consists of the tools that craftsmen and artists use to birth their creations.
You don’t have to agree with my distinctions here; I only lay them out so that you will know to what I am referring when I am discussing filmmaking.
I believe that anyone who wants to be the creative force behind a short film, feature film, television series, or any kind of art should understand artistry and then determine how to bring that vision to embodiment with equipment, craftsmanship and—most importantly—other people. This blog is here to help you do so.