draft pictures – sketches of the final frame

Spring in this part of Europe hasn’t arrived yet, and the last days – or should I say weeks – have been the last whispers of the winter, rather than the first words of spring.

Nevertheless I won’t complain. Even if I had to postpone a lot of outdoors shooting of the documentary. Even if now I am fully equipped to shoot the monsoon. Even if guilt is always around the corner for not going further on with work.

In fact all that rainy, cold and maybe snowy weekend to come brought me back to my early teenage days, when in admiration of the great painting masters, I desperately was looking for another studio than my overcrowded room, in order to be more like them, and to maybe get touched by the grace of the eternal and immediate talent. It is the same like when now you approach the 40s and you first buy all the running equipment hoping it will inspire you to run more often.

So these last days I had to come back to some “studio” work, and having my office at home, I had to concentrate on preparation and production rather than shooting like it has been for the last months. Being stuck indoors and with nothing to edit – I actually could do a bit but editing is planned this end of year, and with a proper editor that would bring a true new perspective to what I recorded , in other words the beauty of making a movie that resides in a collective work – I realized I left something apart for a long time : sketching.

My years of active painting and drawing were fulfilled with sketching moments. A draft can be needed for later, and the more you draw the closer the shapes are from the final goal….

But how does it work in movie making ? Some would say it is about the reading and documenting. Some about cleaning the lenses. Some about the networking.

For me it is about “sketches for a movie”. And I am not talking about a storyboard, but really about drafts. When you study, in the cinema school they repeat all along ” experiment all the time even for minor projects”….but when you enter the reality of the job, money, time, production support and meaning of your work makes that even the smallest free shot you do is under the shadow of profitability and a certain type of effectiveness. And what can we say, this is the society we live in…it influences us as well…and actually we were taught like that….

So I learned again on how to make some non profitable, low efficient, average quality exercises, or drafts, and actually – and it is my case, I don’t pretend we are all the same – it opens my imagination to new ideas I could shoot for the Gruyère’s village documentary, and for a new photographic work.

And the less it has a connection to the big serious piece of work I try to achieve, the better it is !

So just a little sneak preview…

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