Suddenly, all the laborious paraphernalia of the Hollywood film-making process can be concentrated into a cheap hand-held digital camera that we could buy from Amazon for less than the price of an entry level laptop. Figgis has taken on the new possibilities that these technological developments have made available. As the story progresses from one level of film technology to the next, you can feel his creative hunger coming off the page. Which is what he did — even after being enmeshed with Hollywood. Indeed, as he argues, especially after being so. The new technology puts more control into the hands of the director.
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The rest of his childhood was spent in Newcastle upon Tyne. He played trumpet and guitar in the People Band and is audible in their first record produced by Charlie Watts in After working in theatre he was a musician and performer in the experimental group People Show  Figgis made his feature film debut with the low budget Stormy Monday in The film earned him attention as a director who could get interesting performances from established Hollywood actors. His next Hollywood feature, Mr.
Jones , was misunderstood by the studio, who attempted to market the downbeat story as a feelgood film, resulting in a box office flop. He followed this up with the romantic drama One Night Stand , starring Wesley Snipes and Nastassja Kinski , but the movie received a poor response from critics and was a commercial failure.
His most ambitious film to date is the low-budget film The Loss of Sexual Innocence , a loosely based autobiographical film of the director himself. The ad comprised the screen split into four sections, each section showing one of four scenarios all on the same double-decker bus.
At the end of the ad, the friction-creating scenarios were resolved and the ad ended on "A little thought from each of us. A big difference for everyone.
He returned to the Timecode quad-screen approach for his section of Ten Minutes Older , but has also worked on documentary pieces including a segment of The Blues called Red, White, and Blues and a short piece on flamenco. Figgis has a well-documented love-hate relationship with the Hollywood system which leads him to often be an outspoken critic of the system while also despairing the lack of a better alternative, in his mind, at the moment.
At an appearance at Camerimage in , he expressed the view that filmmaking had become "boring and perhaps need[ed] to become even worse before anything better can emerge" successfully at least in reaction. At one of the Shooting People events in he said that filmmaking with a small digital camera made the experience more like painting or novel writing than the movie industry.
His fascination with camera technology has also led him to create a camera stabilisation rig for smaller video cameras, called the Fig Rig which places the camera on a platform held within a steering wheel -like system and has since been released by Manfrotto Group.
Share via Email One of the problems in film-making is that there is a certain snobbery about pieces of equipment. In the old days, when movie cameras were big and bulky and covered with strange knobs, there was a kind of automatic fear of the equipment - almost like being in the army - that would cause you to respect it in a certain way. That deference has gone now, and in a way I applaud its passing. These days a digital video camera might cost two or three hundred pounds and fit in the palm of your hand. The more accessible a camera seems - the smaller it is, the more plastic its component parts - the less respect it will be given. The standard reaction will be to treat it in a sloppy way. So I urge young film-makers to change their attitudes about cameras.
Mar 04, Luke rated it really liked it Recommends it for: filmmakers I picked this book up to learn about making films on digital video. Happily, I learned quite a bit from this slim less than pgs book and also learned what else I needed to learn! This is not a nuts-and-bolts guide to making a digital film. But it will help you gain I picked this book up to learn about making films on digital video. He gives practical, simple advice "You can light a scene with the light from a cell phone if you need to" to advice on complicated and delicate situations How to make sure that you retain creative control of your project.
'Treat your camera with love and respect'
My rating: 5 of 5 stars Reads like an anti-Michael Bay manifesto Blurb: In this indispensible guide, leading film-maker Mike Figgis offers the reader a step-by-step tutorial in how to use digital film-making technology so as to get the very best from it. He outlines the equipment and its uses, and provides an authoritative guide to the shooting process - from working with actors to lighting, framing, and camera movement. He further dispenses wisdom on the My rating: 5 of 5 stars Reads like an anti-Michael Bay manifesto Blurb: In this indispensible guide, leading film-maker Mike Figgis offers the reader a step-by-step tutorial in how to use digital film-making technology so as to get the very best from it. He further dispenses wisdom on the editing process and the use of sound and music, all the while establishing a sound aesthetic basis for the digital format. This is a handbook that will become an essential back-pocket reference for the digital-film enthusiast - whether your goal is to make no-budget movies, or simply to put your video camera to more use than just holidays and weddings.