Wednesday, November 23, 2016

101 directing tips for filmmakers - Bahamas film industry.

5 directing tips for award winning moviemakers - Bahamas film industry.

It’s ironic that Jefford Curre’ has emerged as one of, if not the most influential figures in the Bahamas film industry.  Considering the facts that before he began his first series of movie production training trips into the USA as an adult, he had never even stepped foot inside a movie theater. Of cause there are movie theaters in the Bahamas but that had nothing to do with Jefford's development toward his destiny. He was a shy boy who grew up under monk style conditions in a strict Christian home, and was not even allowed to venture outside the boundaries of his back yard.  His friends, however, were allowed to come in to play and sometimes needed to borrow money.  Jefford never spent his allowance, except for occasionally buying gifts for his mother.  He kept a loaded piggy bank from which he made small loans to his friends, but there was one problem, he seldom got paid back.  To solve the escalating problem, the thrifty 10 year old negotiated what could be considered his first pay-per-view distribution deal that was a sure win-win.  For on quarter, his friends, who were allowed to attend the movies, would gladly re-enact the entire movie that they had seen.  For an extra ten cents, they would even add music and sound effects with their mouth, leaving the rest to Jefford’s imagination. 

The cinema that took place in the sand pile went great until one day, while the boys were climbing the wall to demonstrate an ambush scene.  Suddenly the newly built, fresh cemented walls started to shake,  too many boys were on the wall.  He tried to warn them, but things got out of control.   After a leap, the entire top section of the wall came tumbling down.  Everyone ran out of the yard as fast as they could.  With the help of two friends, Jefford put the wall together piece by piece, using mud to cover the cracks.  It was a great  prop work, but did not survive the slamming of the gate that evening when his father came home.  That evening, after a few dozen lashes on his bare bottom, he realized how difficult directing could be.  He learned some very important directing lessons. Directing lesson no. 1.  You are responsible for any and all out come,   Directing lesson no. 2.  Don’t work with people who don’t take directions or you can’t control.  Directing lesson no.  3. If something goes wrong be prepared, you'll take a good licking but don't stop tickin.  Directing lesson no. 4. Always have at least two friends you can trust, who won't run when the going gets rough. Directing lesson no. 5. Remember there is an opportunity in every problem, find it and keep moving toward the goal.

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