Loved this interview podcast interview with Freddie Wong with Allan McKay.
The Allan McKay Podcast: 092 – Interview with Director Freddie Wong
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Some things I took away:
If you are doing film cinematographer it’s not enough, you have to learn to color correct and know the post production tools.
Don’t hold on to much to your content Hollywood thinks content is King and Trcb Olatforms do. It is somewhere in the middle.
Having too many tools maybe detrimental to your creative process as it may create in decision. Freddie Wong recount how he was inspired by Myst and their ability back then to make green scree video on modest hardware. Sometimes the limitations makes the video/art more creative.
Allan: And for people who are just starting out…
Freddie: Stop playing video games! I hate to say it. I think filmmaking benefits from life experience. Try and look at art, look at paintings. I was in Amsterdam and went to a Van Gogh museum. The use of color and contrast was mind blowing. Appreciate all forms of art. Filmmaking is a combination of the visual, sound, performance — it’s all the arts in one. You make better movies by having an appreciation for everything under the sun.
[-06:44] Allan: What would be the critical mistakes some people make when they’re starting out?
Freddie: I think it’s really easy when you’re starting out to thumb your nose at populist filmmaking. To me, filmmaking is a populist medium. A bad movie will teach you as much as good movie. I think Spielberg is the best director we have. Anytime you have an impulse to discount someone, you do so at your own creative peril. You shouldn’t ignore Michael Bay and what he is doing differently. Watch everything without judgement. The moment you judge, stop yourself. It’s so easy to feel superior. Even if they don’t know what they’re doing, they [still] have something you could study and think about.