Welcome to the home of filmmaker Pablo D’Stair. Please feel free to browse around: all films are available to view, in their entirety, at no charge. Cheers.
(to give some context to the films–what I do, how, and why–I present here the DIRECTIVES I create the films according to)
NO BUDGET: The total monetary cost of making the film, including acquisition of camera and recorder for sound, should not exceed $500. (Borrowing equipment that would exceed this amount if purchased is not permitted; however, Borrowing equipment that would be within these constraint is acceptable)
SD: The film must be shot in SD or, if shot in HD, any post processing toward a “signature” must not aim toward giving the film a cleaner/clearer look.
CAST: Ideally, only “non-actors” (preferably first time performers) should be used. However, provided all Dictates are followed, trained actors and/or individuals who have appeared in other films made according to Directives may be used.
DIRECTOR/WRITER: It is acceptable that there be a separate Writer and Director, the Director must also operate the camera, choose the photography, and edit both image and sound. If Director also performs in the film, Director may allow other parties to film, but cannot specifically dictate their photography–that is: a General Idea can be given to party operating camera, but their footage, unreviewed or reshot, must be used.
MINIMAL REHEARSAL (NO IMPROVISATION): While actors may individually prepare however they wish prior to shoot, rehearsal specific to shoot must only happen immediately prior to shoot on the day of—final footage must be attained immediately after rehearsal of scene. No improvisation is permitted (slight, in-the-moment alterations to script can be proposed/accepted by writer/director at time of shoot, only)
ON LOCATION/NATURAL LIGHT: Locations, other than in the most general way, cannot be scouted or blocked prior to the day of shoot—all photography decisions, in specific, must be made impromptu at time of shoot. No outside lighting etc. may be brought to location, though lights present at location can be arranged as one pleases. While outside props may be brought to location, location cannot be “built”—an existing location must be utilized with only minor, if any, dressing or alteration.
MAKE-UP/COSTUMING: No special make-up, costuming is permitted (with the exception that clothes/make-up that would be specific to the scenario—it/they then must not be doctored/applied outside of how a person in that situation naturally would wear/appear in it/them)
EQUIPMENT: Ideally, only one hand-held SD camera and one mic/recorder for sound should be used. Tripods, methods of affixing cameras to objects to attain shots are permitted. Multiple cameras and/or multiple mic/recorders can be used provided they are the exact same variety and quality.
ONE CAMERA/ONE LENS/ONE MIC: All footage must be captured by the same camera (and by the same lens—no change outs for close-ups, wide-angles etc). Multiple of the same camera/lens can be used. Likewise, all sound must be captured by the same recorder/microphone (including audio which is added over footage in acceptable ways) and multiple of the same recorder/mic may be used to capture sound.
NO RE-SHOOTS, OVERDUB: All footage for a character in a particular scene must be captured in one session (including pick-up/inset shots etc.) This extends to sound, which must be recorded at time of performance—no overdub may be added to a scene that was performed live (scenes where voiceover is added to footage that is not meant to be in-the-moment performance is permitted).
EDITING: Only software that is available free-of-charge to be public may be used to edit the film and sound. Note: the solitary exception is that One extra program may be used, if necessary, to complete Signature, but must be used minimally and specifically (i.e. to set aspect ratio or to overlay filter/wash needed for Signature). The purchase of any second editing program must be accounted for in Budget.
SIGNATURE: A specific, post-filming alteration must be applied to the entire film* and this wash/filter/alteration must be applied in the same measure to all scenes in the film without specific tweaks or alterations based on scene specifics. *The only acceptable alternative is that no manipulation to footage at all be made, though this is not preferable. The application of the “signature” to the entire film is meant to keep the filmmaker from knowing/specifically controlling the final appearance of the film at time of shooting.