The elite warriors of unrivaled wit, composure, and intelligence; the ninja. Existing for centuries under our noses, these masters of stealth have infiltrated the ranks and mediums of almost every aspect of our society [it is written]. No doubt, filmmaking is no exception. In fact, StillMotion has confirmed the presence of ninjas in filmmaking and has even constructed a list of tools that these film ninjas use to be successful. I don’t know how they managed to get intel on the ninjas without getting killed; maybe they’re all ninjas themselves.
Film ninjas don’t follow the routines of creating a story. While it’s okay to follow your subject and film everything for b-roll, ninjas already know everything about their subject: what drives them, the process of what they do, and how it all works. As it has been decided by the Elders of Old that the 20% of video a film ninja shoots contains 80% of the story. Everything is predetermined and expertly executed.
As for the 11 tools, StillMotion lists out pieces of equipment that will take you a long way. Go through the list and see what there is; everything can be bought or rented. Unfortunately, either option costs a great deal of money, but if you’re a ninja you can probably just kill someone to get what you need. If not, just donate your body to science and you’ll be halfway there to affording the Canon C100.
Ninjas are swift and certain in their movements, and it’s important to do as the ninjas do when filming and building a story for a piece. With determination and certainty, the edges will be surely smoothed, and your final product will shine with the brilliance of the rising sun. -gong noise-