They say seeing is believing. But sometimes not seeing is believing. As my film classes are becoming a lot more time consuming, I’m starting to realize something. I may have known this all along; but now, more than ever it is becoming more apparent.
What is “the eye” you ask? It’s something that is indescribable and definitely can’t be taught. It’s the eye of a filmmaker. Being able to step out of the entertainment and objectively look at a piece for what it’s worth in a technical and creative sense. I am currently in my first month of documentary and editing class. Since I’m coming to this school with some experience, I understand the precision that goes along with post productions and developing a documentary. I was sitting in class yesterday, as the teacher was making us watch clips while teaching the basics of editing. It’s one of those things that some people will get, and others won’t. What baffles me about this concept (and it may be because I’m so young) is the fact that people love the IDEA of film making, but oftentimes overlook the amount of work to be done. This idea may not have been as detrimental back in middle school or even high school. But to go to a college and not realize the errors in this way of thinking, is why so many are disappointed when they can’t find work immediately after college.
College is what you make of it. Nothing is handed to you in a silver platter.