Archives For Rachel M Taylor

It’s been months (maybe years) of filming, editing, shooting pickups, re-editing, ect. The film is finally cut to perfection, and it’s time to sit down with a composer. You might find that talking to other film geeks is easy, but talking to a composer is a different ball game. Not all filmmakers speak “music talk.” So what do you do? Check out these tips and find out!

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As of right now, it is six weeks until the completion of the first short film that I wrote and directed, entitled AvariceIt has been a project that has taken 2 and a half years to complete, and it will only be about 15 minutes in its entirety. It’s crazy to think that 2 and a half years of a person’s life could be defined by 15 minutes, but that’s kind of how it feels.

It has been the most challenging thing I have done, which I’m sure will be followed by even greater challenges. It’s been a long journey, and I walk away with so much more than I had ever expected to. My only hope is that I can pass on valuable information to other first time filmmakers.

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Working with a Visual Effects Supervisor can be tough if it’s your first time doing it, especially in independent film. You only have one shot to get it right because there isn’t time or money for re-shoots.

I learned a lot of lessons while directing Avarice and working with Visual Effects Supervisor Dan Baker. Here are some great tips for driving your Visual Effects Supervisor to insanity:

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Best Female Directors

Rachel M Taylor —  September 7, 2012

This topic is very close to my heart since I am a female director. Not to sound cliché, but it’s not always easy being a female director in the film industry because it sometimes seems like a boy’s club.

Even if a female does great work, I’ve found that a lot of men in this industry still won’t taker her seriously. Once, just minutes after I was introduced as the writer/director of a project, a man looked straight past me to my male partner to compliment him on how great it looked and continued talking to him about the project without even throwing a glance my way. Of course, the male who worked on the project with me is great about giving credit where it’s due, but it was still an odd experience for me.

Now, I’m not trying to sound like a feminist or anything like that. There are still men out there who absolutely support me and have been fantastic to talk to while writing and directing this project. I just realized first hand how much of a boy’s club film making can be, and I wanted to dedicate a blog to celebrate great work by women who should never be overlooked.

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It is my firm belief that a person only has so many good stories in them. That number may differ for people, but it’s still true that once that person has reached his or her limit, it’s just downhill from there. It doesn’t mean that a career in film is over. It just means that they need to scoot aside and produce or play some other role in support of some fresh blood.

It’s part of the circle of life…or the circle of filmmaking. Once you’ve told your stories, assume the mentor role to help others tell their stories.

Here are three directors that I have absolutely loved in the past, but recently their movies have been stuck in a rut. Continue Reading…

There are so many vampires in our culture right now that I can’t even keep track. However, pre-Twilight frenzy, there was Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which is one of the better vampire stories out there. The genius creator Joss Whedon is a master mind at creating characters that we all fall in love with, and it always keep us coming back for more.

His vampires are no less complex than the humans in this series, and all the Buffy fans have participated in the debate for the past several years about which vampire was superior: Spike or Angel? Let’s take a look at them both up close and settle this debate once and for all.

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What is it about psychologically disturbed characters that makes a movie so intriguing? It’s actually really fascinating to watch someone’s decline into mental insanity. Maybe we’re curious because it’s so easy to feel like we’re crazy in our heads, and watching someone actually go crazy for real touches a piece of our unspoken fears.

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So the whole world knows at this point that The Hobbit is going to made into a trilogy since Peter Jackson’s announcement on Monday July 30, 2012. And of course like anything happening in the film industry, there have been mixed reactions to this decision.

Personally, I’m more than thrilled because it means more story and character development. Tolkien had so much history written about these characters, and even the extended version of Lord of the Rings couldn’t cover all of it. I think this is a great opportunity to deeper explore Middle Earth. Continue Reading…

Comic Con is no longer just a place for comic book fans. It has become a central hub of pop culture, and this year promises some really exciting upcoming movies. Although there is an unending plethora of films that were at Comic Con, there are definitely a few that are especially exciting, some that could possibly have potential, and others that just look plain dumb. Continue Reading…

I recently watched Jason and the Argonauts because I was attracted to cinematic legend Ray Harryhausen, who is well-known for his amazing work in stop motion animation.

However, despite its revered place among classic films, I have to say that I was not very impressed. The stop motion animation was very interesting and impressive, but I had a difficult time paying attention to the rest of it. After fighting to keep myself seated until the end (where there is a really cool skeleton fight scene), I realized that this movie did not differ all that much from Transformers. Continue Reading…