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December 18, 2010

A blog article by Autumn St. John about the Making of WINDOWS GUY.

Hi, it’s Autumn here, and I will be writing posts for and managing our blog. Here’s why:

As a writer, blogger and editor, I usually concentrate on areas such as finance and business, but recently I’ve also become interested in learning about filmmaking. I have no prior experience of making films myself, but I’m keen to find out about what goes into this form of storytelling. This is why I’ve decided to be a part of the documentation of feature film 40 Degrees of Separation and other work from film company Films United, by blogging about these projects-not only to keep the public updated on their evolution, but also to learn about each step of how film is made.

I’m hoping that fellow amateurs will read the blog to learn along with me. They can also get involved in other ways, as Films United has now launched Filmmakers United, an online community connecting all types of people with an interest in film, whether they’re beginners like me, or more advanced in their experience and knowledge.

Films United is planning to use the network to produce 40 Degrees of Separation, but also their other projects, which include various sketches and video campaigns. This is not just a chance to follow the creation of these productions, but to help create them-Films United will be sourcing most of its cast and crew from the community. If they want to cast a new role, they’ll want to cast it through the network, as this way they’ll get a much more personal view of the individual.

By blogging over a period of several months, depending on how long it takes for the film to be made and distributed, I hope to achieve a good level of filmmaking expertise through being a fly-on-the-wall. Ideally, this experience will stand me in good stead for becoming a film journalist in the future.

As an amateur, it would otherwise be difficult for me to get full, ‘behind-the scenes’ access to a film project, so I’m planning to make the most of this opportunity to find out about every aspect of pre-production, production, and post-production. I not only want to capture the several different stages of filmmaking, but I also want to be able to look at it from the perspective of the different people involved: the writers/producers/directors, the actors, and the other journalists, such as video journalists. I’d like to be present throughout each stage of the making of the film, from the planning of the story and the casting of the roles, to the production and promotion of it.

In order to achieve all this, I therefore intend to:

• Find out more about the shaping of the plot and the art of scriptwriting in general
• Sit in on or watch a video of the auditions and screen tests
• Be on set for the filming of the project, following the different days/jobs of everyone involved
• Discover how camerawork and direction fits together to produce what we see on screen
• Learn more about the social media marketing of a film by taking a hands-on approach to it myself
• Find out what actually goes on in the post-production phase, from editing onwards
• Interview, or just chat to, the different people involved in the project at various stages throughout.

First and foremost a writer, I enjoy both informing and entertaining people through the written medium and am therefore looking forward to taking other amateur film enthusiasts on the journey of this project. I’ll not only be giving the public exclusive information on the production, but I’d also like the chance to interact with the blog readers, listening to what they want to see or hear, and then bringing it to them.

For me, this is not only about being a part of the Filmmakers United community, but also about finding out everything I’ve ever wanted to know about filmmaking, and presenting it to others in a way that has a completely different flavour to conventional ‘making of’ documentaries and literature.