What Inspires You?
By Jerald Council, CouncilMag.com
During Thanksgiving I took a trip to my childhood hometown of Goldsboro, N.C. I went there to visit family for the holiday. I also went home for another reason – to shoot a short film about hunting.
Inspired to make independent films and multimedia content, I grabbed my DSLR camera and recruited my older brother who is passionate about hunting and fishing. I also recruited my younger brother who flew his phantom drone to capture cinematic footage from the sky.
Modern-day videographers, cinematographers, producers and directors have found new life as emerging technology has made equipment more affordable and accessible. Today’s DSLRs, camcorders and phone cameras capture unbelievable 4K-quality imagery. Drones have become an essential part of cinematography and editing software such as Adobe Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro produce Hollywood-level films on your desktop. These applications changed how we tell stories and have opened the door to an array of aspiring filmmakers.
The invention of motion picture cameras in the 1890s gave life to filmmaking. The top three grossing silent films in the United States were The Birth of a Nation (1915), The Big Parade (1925) and Ben-Hur (1925). This was a challenging time for filmmakers because silent films required tremendous imagination and creative directing.
I’m a self-taught filmmaker with years of experience as a fashion photographer, publisher and creative director. All of my skills have naturally guided me to this newfound passion. To further my creative pursuits, I will be launching a new team project in 2018 called Council Cinematics. Most of our work will reside at www.councilcinematics.com. Details to come soon.
Reinventing yourself takes time. Doing something you love takes effort. I say, find what inspires you and make the time to fall in love all over again.