Ryan Gosling’s Top 5 Acting Performances

It seems to be to almost no one’s surprise that Damien Chazelle’s La La Land has waltzed its way through this years awards season like a romantic, colourful, musical whirlwind. It swept up all 7 of the Golden Globes it was nominated for, collected another 5 honours at this years BAFTAs, and it seems to be on course to take over this year’s Academy Awards (garnering a joint-record 14 nominations). One of the main components of the modern-age musical’s success is the two performances of Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, both  of whom have earned Oscar nominations as Sebastian and Mia respectively this year. It is the third motion picture that Gosling and Stone have collaborated on (the first being Crazy, Stupid, Love then followed by Gangster Squad), the success from each being evident through the chemistry they spark between each other on the screen.

In this article I am going to recommend my top 5 personal favourite Ryan Gosling performances to you to go and watch before you see La La Land, therefore excluding it from the list. However; if you have already seen it – which I’m guessing many have since it has already made almost $300m at the Box Office – please feel free to use this list as recommendations to further your experience of Mr Gosling on the big screen. It slightly disappoints me when I hear people label Ryan Gosling as an actor who can only seem to play himself, so I’ve tried to select a varying collection of his performances that hope to show the man’s acting range in better light.

5. Lars and the Real Girl (2007) – Craig Gillespie


Our first performance on this list is in 2007’s Lars and the Real Girl. It is a tale of a shy young man named Lars (Ryan Gosling), who enters into a delusional mindset and falls in love with Bianca, a lifelike sex doll. The concept sounds silly, but Gosling manages to bring life to this inanimate character throughout the film. Acting opposite nobody Bianca in scenes where no magic should spark, he manages to evoke emotions from himself, the lifeless face of his partner and most importantly, the viewer. Lars and the Real Girl is a very heartwarming story that manages to showcase Gosling as much more than your traditional love interest.

You can watch the trailer here.

4. A Place Beyond the Pines (2012) – dir. Derek Cianfrance

Ryan Gosling stars opposite his now-wife, Eva Mendes, in A Place Beyond the Pines.


A Place Beyond the Pines tells the story of three generations and sheds light on how people can be driven to a life of crime for different reasons. In this film Ryan Gosling portrays Luke Glanton, a motorcyclist who travels with a touring carnival. After he finds out that his former lover has recently given birth to his son, Luke takes to using his riding ability in order to rob a series of banks to try and provide for his new family and be there for his child – unlike his own father.

You can watch the trailer here.

3. Drive (2011) – dir. Nicolas Winding Refn


The story of Drive focuses around a Hollywood stunt driver who uses his talents to moonlight as a getaway driver for hire. However, he begins to fall for Irene, the girl next door – played by Carey Mulligan. In an effort to help her and her son out, the scorpion decorated wheelman is dragged into something bigger as a heist goes disastrously wrong and he is forced to try and protect them both from a local mob boss.

Gosling’s first collaboration with director Nicolas Winding Refn proved itself worthy after it gained both critical and audience praise, not to mention a cult-following on top of that in the process. Surprisingly, the film was largely snubbed at the bigger award ceremonies off the festival circuit, only attaining one Oscar nomination (Best Sound Editing). This ultra-stylish, neo-noir tale shows Gosling at his most brutal, showcased through some terrific ultra-violence. It also shows his acting ability behind a character who thinks a lot more than he cares to speak or feel. This is not Ryan Gosling playing Ryan Gosling, this is Ryan Gosling encapsulating the mysterious figure of The Driver.

You can watch the trailer here.

2. The Nice Guys (2016) – dir. Shane Black


Set in 197os Los Angeles, The Nice Guys is an original action-comedy neo-noir about two not-so-perfect Private Investigators who are searching for a young girl named Olivia and a missing adult film star named Misty Mountains. This is the film that officially cements Ryan Gosling as a genuine comic actor. His natural charisma, comedic timing and impressive physical comedy is brilliantly used in this crime caper to full effect. The comedy is heightened even further by the chemistry between him and fellow cast members Russell Crowe and the very impressive Angourie Rice.

The Nice Guys was terribly underappreciated last year, only just making back its money at the Box Office. Film fans complain about the lack of originality in the cinemas these days, then when something original shows up it is pushed aside by the latest blockbuster – a source of immense irritation to me. To put things into perspective, The Nice Guys was topped at the Box Office by The Angry Birds Movie. Am I confident of a sequel? No. Am I hopeful of a sequel? Yes, very hopeful as Holland March and Jackson Healy have proved to be quite the comedic gold together. We can only hope.

You can watch the trailer here.

1. Blue Valentine (2010) – dir. Derek Cianfrancebv_russo1_01

Blue Valentine… oh boy, where do I begin? If you had doubt about Ryan Gosling’s acting chops, look no further. The story follows two intercutting time periods, one depicting how a young Dean (Ryan Gosling) and Cindy (Michelle Williams) fell in love with each other, with the other based six years later showing the two trying to hold onto and desperately salvage their failing marriage.

“One make-up look in particular is very reminiscent of De Niro in Raging Bull”

This film shows Ryan Gosling at his very best, although he did not receive an Oscar nomination for this performance. He embodies the role of Dean through a powerful set of emotions and make-up (one make-up look in particular very reminiscent of De Niro in Raging Bull). To prepare for this role, Gosling lived in the house they filmed in with Michelle Williams for a month along with the young actress who plays their daughter. During this time the group recreated and filmed hundreds of hours’ worth of home videos and memories such as birthdays and Christmas’ etc in order to develop a true family bond before filming. Michelle Williams received an Academy Award nomination for her performance in Blue Valentine, and both of these two talents return as nominees this year – Gosling for La La Land and Williams for the Boston-drama Manchester by the Sea.

You can watch the trailer here.

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Finding Dory – TEG Movie Reviews

{Warning; This review may contain spoilers to Finding Dory}

This week there was a theatre full of children with their parents/grandparents ready to watch Finding Dory, the long awaited follow up to Pixar’s 2003 classic Finding Nemo… and then there was me and my girlfriend, two young adults sticking out like a sore thumb for some reason? We didn’t care. Now to be honest, I was rather surprised that us two seemed to be the only ones there from our age demographic because after all, who doesn’t love a good ol’ nostalgia trip back to the simpler times of our childhood?

Before I begin reviewing Finding Dory I would like to take a moment to acknowledge Pixar’s short film that was shown beforehand: “Piper”.

“Piper” is a story that follows a little sandpiper bird’s journey into independence and self efficiency from childhood – concentrating on the bridge between leaving the care of your parents to go out on your own two feet and survive, a story that is very relatable to me and many others who are about to leave home for University or the work world. We are blessed with an absolutely gorgeous animation style as the story teaches us all about the importance of independence, not being afraid to fail and try again on your own, even though the love and support of your family will always be near by. It’s cute, it’s heartwarming and set you up ready for the main film ahead. Kudos to that animation team!

Piper is a gorgeous short film that quickly teaches it’s audience a heartwarming life lesson.

Now to the main event, did Finding Dory live up to expectation or is it a stain on a classic from an entire generation’s childhood? I can happily say it is not the latter.

Now Pixar have always had a pretty good track record for films (let’s ignore Cars 2) and have always set the standard when it comes to animation. Nothing changes in Finding Dory as the animation is beautiful, clean and really uses a set of good, varied colour palettes to really absorb you into these different environments, despite most of it being set underwater.

Despite being released 13 years after Finding Nemo, the film is actually set just one year after the events of the first film and pursues Dory’s backstory and her journey to rediscover the family she lost years earlier. It goes after your heartstrings straight from the get-go and continues to constantly pursue a tear or two throughout, but Pixar manage to do this whilst also keeping the film consistently funny and that’s the beauty of their films. They juggle your emotions so your laughter can be halted by a loss that makes you cry before the characters on screen share a moment that can warm your heart for a lifetime. It’s a rare thing…

I was pleasantly surprised by the new characters introduced onto this new adventure – including some such as; Hank, an Octopus who lost one of his arms to a child years before (so is now a Septopus), Destiny, a near sighted whale shark who taught Dory how to speak whale (legendary for that trait alone) and Bailey, a melodramatic beluga whale who is convinced his biological echolocation skills just don’t work.

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Ty Burrell’s Bailey proved to be a welcome addition to the Pixar universe.

All the characters add their own chemistry, personalities and comedy to the story and I found myself especially laughing at Ty Burrell’s Bailey into the final act of the film. As well as their likable traits, it’s these characters weaknesses and fears that also add to you warming towards them. Pixar doesn’t shy away from deeper topics, from Dory’s short term memory loss to how they touch upon the fact that Hank suffers from PTSD after his clash with a child years earlier, which is a rather surprising element to include in a children’s film.

One thing that a lot scriptwriters do that can ruin a film is always writing the characters an easy way around a conflict, never have them face any significant challenges and therefore make the story a lot less entertaining for the audience. The writers for Finding Dory were not afraid to challenge it’s characters, every single time you think something is finally going to go their way something almost directly opposite happens and as a result, the story kept me pretty interested throughout it’s entirety.

Although I do tip my hat at its writers for not being scared to challenge our favourite animated fish, this also contributed to one of my few criticisms of the movie. Whilst adventurous like it’s predecessor, Finding Dory’s ever evolving adventure sometimes got to a point where I felt pulled out of the story and didn’t care as much as I did during Finding Nemo. Now, I do understand that this is a Pixar film about talking fish, it’s allowed to “out there” obviously however Finding Nemo managed to be this great, daunting adventure across the deep blue whilst feeling kind of grounded and it made you worry a little bit more about it’s characters. I personally felt that this film lost a little bit of that magic and it became so “out there” that I got drawn out of the story and knew that the characters would turn out okay.

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Both baby Dory and her older self (voiced by Ellen DeGeneres) won everyone’s hearts.

The story of how Dory lost her family and came across Marlin and Nemo is told through a series of flashbacks. I don’t personally mind flashbacks in stories however I did begin to feel a bit tired of the amount of flashbacks Dory was getting throughout the film, especially during the final half of the film when the main story is focused on the here and now. They could’ve worked to fit more information into less, as they did begin to take away from the film by the end. My last slight complaint with this film was the jokes about Dory’s short term memory loss, I just found there to be an occasional  oversaturation of unfunny memory jokes at times throughout, however it may be argued that the irritating feeling was intentional by the filmmaker as that was what the characters interacting with Dory were feeling about her condition.

Overall, Finding Dory was a genuinely fun film to watch. It did a good job at not staining its beloved predecessor, appeals to a massive age demographic and sends out strong and positive messages about family and self acceptance. Judging on my girlfriend’s reaction to the majority of the film too, I think it’s safe to say that baby Dory more than qualifies as “cute”. I’m rating Finding Dory:

7.5 out of 10!

Go support the film by going to see it in the cinema and casting your own decisions on it. If you’ve already seen it, what did you think? Let me know.

Thomas E. Griffiths

My Top 5 Most Anticipated Films For The Rest Of 2016

We are now almost three-quarters of the way through 2016! However even though we’ve already had our fair share of good films (and unfortunately the bad too), we still have plenty to look forward too this year! I’ve taken the liberty to list the five films coming out in cinemas in the final quarter of 2016 that I’m personally most looking forward – maybe some of my choices will peak your interest? Let’s see.

5. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Directed by Gareth Edwards – In Theatres: December 16th (UK)

Rogue One will be the first of the Star Wars Anthology films.

Disney’s first Star Wars Anthology movie will be focusing shortly before George Lucas’ beloved 1977 sci-fi epic, covering our the Rebel alliance managed to retrieve the plans for the Galactic Empire’s new superweapon.

As a Star Wars fan, naturally I am going to be excited for this film. Along with amazing looking sets and costumes, Gareth Edwards’ second studio outing is looking to bring us a new insight into the Star Wars universe, actually making a Star Wars film feel like a war movie. The official trailer that was recently released (you can watch it here) has ignited the hype that Disney was hoping for and I believe it will be more than enough to satisfy our Star Wars cravings until next year’s Star Wars Episode VIII!

4. The Accountant

Directed by Gavin O’Connor – In Theatres: November 4th (UK)

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The Accountant is a film that had largely gone underneath my radar until recently and when I had finally seen it’s two trailers (you can see the most recent one here)… I was impressed with what I saw. Ben Affleck’s portrayal of Batman won the majority of audiences this year despite Batman vs Superman not quite doing so, and he looks to be moving on with another impressive performance in this film. He’ll be acting alongside Jon Bernthal and Anna Kendrick, and after seeing Bernthal’s exquisite portrayal of The Punisher in Netflix’s Daredevil series – the hype grows larger.

Affleck’s character, Christian Wolff, is a mathematical savant who accounts finances for the world’s largest and most dangerous criminals in a secret life. Things such as when we see/hear how his senses react differently to the world when Anna Kendrick is asking him a question and Affleck’s line “I have difficulty socialising with other people, even though I want to”, seem to suggest Affleck’s character may have Asperger’s syndrome, a condition upon the autistic spectrum. This is also suggested with other things in the first trailer such as his doctor discussing his obsessive personality and how he has a small picture list of different emotions underneath the mirror – in order to help him develop a better understanding of reading people’s emotions.

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You can watch The Accountant’s first trailer here

I look forward to seeing this film along with seeing them apply such a complex condition as Asperger’s syndrome to its protagonist.

3. Hacksaw Ridge

Directed by Mel Gibson – In Theatres: November


I talk in more depth about Andrew Garfield a little later on in this article, I’m really pleased with the choices he’s made with his career since the ill-fated Amazing Spider-Man movies. The trailer for this film looks great, it completely caught me off guard when I came across it the other week and I’m confident I may be heading to see this in the cinema come November.

2. Free Fire

Directed by Ben Wheatley – In Theatres: 2016 (date unconfirmed)


Boston, 1978. A meeting between two gangs in a deserted warehouse descends into a shootout and a game of survival. When I seen Cillian Murphy and Brie Larson on the cast for Ben Wheatley’s next cinematic endeavour I was definitely interested – then I also noticed that Martin Scorsese was an executive producer on the project and I was sold.

This film is on the list – however it’s on here out of faint hope. I haven’t seen a trailer for Free Fire yet, although it is due to be released later this year. Ben Wheatley is steadily making his way up the directing ladder, not to mention that Murphy and Larson definitely have the acting chops to make this film something special – I also love Cillian Murphy as Thomas Shelby in the BBC’s 1920s Crime series Peaky Blinders. 

1. Silence

Directed by Martin Scorsese – In Theatres: November or December


A passion project of his, Martin Scorsese has been trying to adapt Silence to the big screen since 1991. A story of two Jesuit priests travelling through 17th Century Japan facing violence and persecution as they search for their mentor.

This is my most anticipated film for the closing months of 2016 as it will be my first time seeing a Martin Scorsese film in the cinema (I just missed out on being old enough to see The Wolf of Wall Street, damn it). With a cast including Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver, it’s set to be a refreshing outing for Scorsese. I obviously don’t need to be selling Liam Neeson, whose acting credits speak for themselves. But Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver, who has recently shot to a new level of fame due to his role in the new Star Wars trilogy, are exciting prospects under Scorsese. Andrew Garfield looks to be distancing himself from his brief spell as Sony’s Amazing Spider-Man and really becoming a considerable name for more serious roles. He was good in last year’s 99 Homes with Michael Shannon and also looks promising in the recently released trailer for Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge. I look forward to seeing what he can do under Scorsese’s direction.

Honourable Mentions

Here are some that failed to make my list but are worthy of a mention.


Directed by Daniel Ragussis – In Theatres: September 16th (UK)


A massive change of direction for Daniel Radcliffe and I really hopes it pays off for him. I never thought I’d be seeing him as an undercover neo-nazi anytime soon. Check out the trailer here.


Directed by Clint Eastwood – In Theatres: September 9th

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Although Clint Eastwood’s last few directorial efforts haven’t completely woo’d audiences (I personally enjoyed American Sniper, however I was horribly disappointed in Jersey Boys), I’m excited to see his latest: a film depicting the event of Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger landing a plane in the New York’s Hudson River, and the resulting investigation seeking out to ruin him that followed. Tom Hanks will always have a place in my heart – not to mention how he’ll always have that immense acting talent of his too.

The Infiltrator

Directed by Brad Furman – In Theatres: September 16th (UK)


I have a good habit of enjoying Crime-Drama’s about the cocaine-fuelled 1970/80s. Netflix’s Narcos is a great example of this. So when I read that Bryan Cranston was going to be leading the line against the Colombian drug cartel, along with kingpin Pablo Escobar, I was excited!

An actor who can jump between comedy and bone chilling serious roles, it’s nice to see Bryan Cranston finally getting more opportunity to lead on the big screen. I look forward to seeing him playing the other side of the legal coin as Federal Agent Robert Mazur in this, hopefully this isn’t another Black Mass and leaves me horribly disappointed… but I have faith in this one.

What do you think? Do you agree or am I missing some gems? Let me know!



6 Things I Learned Whilst Making My First (Crowdfunded) Documentary

It was around 3:40am and I was lying in my pitch black room doing an awful job at falling to sleep, this was probably not helped by my chain-drinking of tea earlier in the night. I wasn’t even close to falling to sleep, my mind was actually itching to make something. I was craving creativity. So I jumped out of bed, blindly searched for my laptop in the darkness consumed man-pit that is my bedroom and then set up my base of operations in the living room. I was going to make a Kickstarter project.

Kickstarter is a website where you can bring your creative ideas to the table, pitch them to the world and hope that they have enough faith in you to support your quest with financial backing and bring your idea to fruition. I had never attempted a Kickstarter project before so I was going in blind. On top of this, the idea for my project was to create a documentary – another endeavour I hadn’t yet attempted before.

My younger brother has a neurological condition called autism, so I decided to kill three birds with one stone (I’m an ambitious stone thrower). Let me create my first documentary AND learn more about my brother’s condition in the process AND use the documentation of my journey to introduce and educate society on the condition – raising awareness and understanding. The film – “Autism: A Curious Case of the Human Mind” (you can watch the trailer here) is currently in its final sound mix in post-production, but I’m going to use the last 12 months that I’ve experienced to let you know of 6 things I learned whilst creating my first documentary and I advise you take note on them to hopefully help you out in your own crowdfunding and filmmaking endeavours.

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My first documentary “Autism: A Curious Case of the Human Mind” will be released later this year.


1. Make Sure You Are Pursuing A Subject Matter That You’re Passionate About Or Want To Learn More About

It’s taken me just over a year for my film to be completed, and that can be considered a reasonably short amount of time (that is including the Kickstarter campaigns and 3 stages of production). Although this is considered a fairly short amount of time to create a film, I could see the mental effect that it was having on myself and my crew members. Was there times where I just wished that we could finish the film already? Yes. Am I glad that it’s over? Yes. Would I change the topic? No. I can safely say that I chose a topic that is personal to me and meant a lot – however I would change some of my approaches, which I’ll go into later.

Me with Owen (left), my autistic brother who was the main motivation and inspiration behind my first documentary.

Making any film can take a long time – making a documentary is no different. When selecting a topic to document make sure it is something you’re genuinely eager to learn about and explore because the process takes time. If you’re no longer interested in the subject before you’ve finished your film – then the final product is going to suffer dramatically and you’ll feel the film is now a burden rather than an opportunity. Once you begin to delve into a subject matter for a documentary, it becomes almost all you think about and certain terms, people, events etc will run through your head constantly until your film is complete. I’m afraid to say that this happens regardless of if you’re enjoying it or not – so at least make sure that you’re constantly thinking about things that make you interested in how you can deliver them creatively to your audience and what you can learn from it. Your passionate can prove to serve as a vital motivator to get you and your crew through the most testing times of production – so make sure it’s there.

2. Get Your Contributors And Your Crew Together BEFORE You Get Funded

When my Kickstarter project got funded – I was literally like “Shit. Now I’ve actually got to make a documentary”. It’s a daunting task, especially when you’ve got a budget there but no crew and contributors to actually make your film with. Don’t just get out of bed and spontaneously create a Kickstarter project like I did, that’s a bad idea. If you’re considering pursuing a subject for a documentary, ask around first. Seek out people who are interesting to talk to and willing to be filmed, gather a collection of possible contributors ready so if you are lucky enough to receive funding you can go into production much, much quicker and organise your interviews closer together. Allowing you to finish production much quicker too.

Meeting one of my contributors with her autistic son, Jake.

Simply, can you imagine successfully getting your project funded and then realising you cannot access the contributors you want to? So your film doesn’t reach or explore what you want it too? It’s a horrible and embarrassing thought. I had to endure them thoughts myself for a while after funding. As my brother is autistic, I idiotically assumed that I could film him at my leisure, speak to my parents about it on camera and also use their contacts with other autistic families to speak to me – that just didn’t happen. I didn’t get a crew together for a month after I received funding, then I couldn’t get any access to the contributors I wanted too for 2 months after that, and then another 2 months after my first interview. The waiting between interviews, trying to find contributors, can seriously harm your crew’s mentality. If your project loses pace, your team loses faith. If your movie loses steam, your crew loses esteem. Okay, okay, I’ll stop now but you get what I’m saying. If I had gathered my contributors before I got funded, I could have fit the entire filming process inside one month but hey, live life and learn.


3. Budget Properly Before Crowdfunding

On the back of gathering a plethora of possible contributors and your film crew, this allows you to work out an efficient budget for your project. Take into account wages, travel, catering. Not to mention your filming equipment, editing software and soundtrack!

You can work out how much it will be to pay wages, travel and possibly even accommodate your crew members when going to meet contributors. Your budget can also coincide with your “success” goals. Also, if you’re using crowdfunding websites like Kickstarter, remember that they charge tax on your raised money so you may have to set your target slightly higher.

As I created my Kickstarter campaign, I had no contributors and no crew members attached to this project. I went with the mindset of: Borrow my filming equipment from my college, utilise college film students to build a film crew, use my parent’s (imaginary) contacts to get contributors. Now although I was able to borrow various pieces of equipment from my college and my film crew worked UNPAID, this was incredibly stupid and if this had been a bigger production, it would have easily crashed and burned.

I had a team of 6 film students aged between 17 – 20 years old, only one of that team could drive. So if that one team member was ill, working or simply not available, our transport would have to come out of our budget – one interview costing £60 in taxi’s alone, which broke my heart as that alone was almost 20% of our £330 production budget.

So work out what you want before you desperately need it.

4. Footage Attracts Interest!

I found this out during my second Kickstarter campaign, one that aimed to raise money for the film’s post-production process, soundtrack and film festival submission fees. By this time, we had already released the trailer for the film and this proved extremely useful in putting together our video for the campaign. Footage, behind the scenes clips, on set photography – it all serves a purpose and can also bring in interest on your social media pages, slowly generating an audience to showcase your work for!


Me (top) looking rather rough in the second Kickstarter video and Owen (bottom) in the trailer.

When people see footage, they know you mean business – you’re not just some dreamer with a million different ideas but no actual ideas on how to make them into a reality. You can see the difference in support by comparing the two projects, the first one made £368 (before tax), whereas the follow-up campaign managed to bring us £678!


If you want to persuade others to invest time and money into your idea, my best advice would be to shoot a taster for them. Just a short 2 minute clip of the type of style or content you want to create can really open their eyes to see that you are serious in the pursuit of creativity. You can take examples of this working from films such as Saw, Napoleon Dynamite and even Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels – all these films were developed and funded because of concept short films shown to potential producers.

5. Define “Success” For Your Film

To make a social impact? To go viral on YouTube? To get into film festivals? To win at film festivals? To win an Oscar? You have to decide what you want your film to achieve, and you have to do it early. My definition of success for Autism: A Curious Case of the Human Mind is if it gets accepted into film festivals, as it’s my first ever independent project and my first go at the festival circuit. So we’ll have to wait and see how that one goes.

Deciding what is considered as a “success” for your film is really important because it dictates your mindset throughout the project, it gives yourself and your fellow crew members what you’re aiming for and it allows you to set the correct budget for what you want to achieve. When your project is going through its ups and downs, you’ll want to change your goal for the project and you run the risk of doing yourself either an injustice, because it could be so much more than you’ve let it develop into or you’ll be setting yourself up for “failure” because you’ve taken too much on and you just don’t have the resources to reach your desired target. However, I will say that I do admire people who are not afraid to fail.

6. Audio Is Priority

Film is an audio/visual medium and although many would argue that the visuals are what make a film, it’s the audio that keeps your audience watching. An audience can watch a film with grainy and underexposed footage as long as it has good audio. However if the film has poor audio, no matter how beautiful your film is, your audience will stop watching.

When looking back on my production process, I wish I had prioritised my audio quality over my visuals. I was lucky to an extent, I had access to professional quality zoom kits for some of my interviews however I had to settle for a less than professional attached microphone for others. Even professional zoom kits can be rendered almost useless if placed in the wrong hands and with a team of film students behind me, the equipment was definitely in not-very-experienced hands (but that’s okay, because it’s a learning curve).

So when you are budgeting your equipment, prioritise your sound quality first because a film with good sound can take it from “here” *holds out hand towards you at a certain height* to “here” *raises hand about 2 ft higher*.

There, that was 6 things I learned whilst creating my first documentary! I hope you enjoyed the read and hopefully avoid the mistakes that I made on my first creative endeavour.

by Thomas Elliott Griffiths