Independent moviemaking has been undergoing a sure and steady process of rebirth since Canon accidentally kicked off the DSLR video revolution with the EOS 5D Mark II hybrid stills/video camera in 2008.
Indie filmmaking’s evolution since then has followed a rocky path, with hardware, software and workflows evolving at different paces.
Workflows have lagged behind hardware and software, but now, it is poised to catch up with Final Cut Pro X workflow experts LumaForge releasing their five-part training series Off the Grid via movie industry website fcp.com.
Part one, Off The Grid: A Modern FCPX-RED-Resolve Narrative Workflow – Part 1- Introduction and On-Set Editorial, signals that the series is based on a We Make Movies TV pilot named Off the Grid, shot with RED digital cinema cameras and using Apple’s Final Cut Pro X and Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve in the post-production to release process along with a number of third-party desktop and mobile applications.
The authors of the Off the Grid training, Australian-in-LA editor, colorist and producer Sam Mestman and Patrick Southern, Chief Workflow Engineer at LumaForge, describe the training series thus:
This 5 part series should be looked at as a cheat sheet on how to make a movie, pilot, or doc without limits in the modern age.
My hope then is that Off the Grid will be as instructive for self-funded one-person-crew independent moviemakers working with affordable but high quality small cameras like the coming Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH5 as those with bigger budgets and multiple crew-members using larger camera systems like those made by RED.
As my own broadcast and film festival moviemaking experiences have indicated, modern moviemaking at all levels is subject to the whims of a gauntlet of gatekeepers anyone of whom can sink your project without a trace.
Even if you manage to fund and shoot all your footage and record all your audio, then take it to rough or final cut by yourself, you are still dependent on funders, broadcasters and post-production houses to get your movie to a broadcastable or projectable stage.
As Mestman and Southern so aptly state:
Filmmaking is the only artistic medium where most artists can’t afford to make their art the way they want to. My aim is to remove that hurdle along with all others so the only limitation in making a movie is one’s own creativity.
A terrific statement from at least one member of We Make Movies, a community-funded production company with the inspirational mottos “Dedicated to making the movie industry not suck.” and “The DIY film collective that’s got your back.”
The Off the Grid Training:
- Off The Grid: A Modern FCPX-RED-Resolve Narrative Workflow – Part 1- Introduction and On-Set Editorial
- Off The Grid: A Modern FCPX-RED-Resolve Narrative Workflow – Part 2- Organization
- Off The Grid: A Modern FCPX-RED-Resolve Workflow – Part 3 – Editing
- Off The Grid: A Modern FCPX-RED-Resolve Workflow – Part 4- Group Workflow and Finishing in FCPX
- Off The Grid: A Modern FCPX-RED-Resolve Workflow – Part 5 – Collaborating with Color, VFX & Audio Departments
Header photoillustration aka featured image created for this website in Photoshop by Carmel D. Morris.