Director Nicole Franklin: How To Film A Feature In 8 Days

Director Nicole Franklin: How To Film A Feature In 8 Days

DIRECTOR NICOLE FRANKLIN REDEFINES FILMMAKING

Director Nicole Franklin’s latest project is the feature film, Title VII, which was filmed in 8 Days. No, that was not a typo. She filmed a feature film in 8 days. And we’ve seen it, it’s good. Ever the enterprising individual, Nicole recently started a seminar poignantly titled, #FilmAFeatureIn8Days that teaches filmmakers exactly how to perfect the process. We sat down with Nicole to learn about her motivation, process and advice.

What Motivated Me To Start The Film A Feature In 8 Days Seminar

When I was forced to reduce my number of shoot days for my recent narrative feature film debut, TITLE VII, I needed a confidence boost. For months I was planning a 15-day micro-budget shoot. About 45 days before production I knew we could not afford what the key crew needed. My IndieGogo fundraiser had a $15,000 goal. In reality, microbudgets of our size—10 leads and two locations—are at least $75,000. We struggled to raise the $15K! I was talking to my friend Leesa Dean, creator of the #BlerdDating Twitter hour and I was telling her how worried I was. Then I said, “I have to film this in about eight days or else we’ll run out of food! I can do this film in eight days, right?” She said, “Hell yeah, you can do the film in eight days!” I was on a mission…straight to the Internet. There was barely anything there at the time—except for the myth of the two-day filming of Little Shop of Horrors. I say “myth” because I believe Roger Corman was able to do re-shoots. We would not have that luxury. I really would have liked to have had a real comrade online with whom to bounce off questions but there wasn’t anyone I could find at the time. So I promised myself if I made it through, I would be that person for others.

As the director you’re the lead, but also practice good listening.

Nicole Franklin

Director / Producer / Seminar Creator, Epiphany Inc.

What was your process like in filming Title VII?

I think the main process of filming in eight days helped me as a director in the confidence boost. More time would have been a luxury, and maybe a few more ideal shots. But collapsing our days meant six to eight scenes per day. And to still visually appear as if the camera was constantly moving and the shots were impressively stunning that just meant pre-production was more on point than anything. Hats off to the force that was our DP, Cybel Martin, and our all-female camera team from FDUFilm on the Fairleigh Dickinson University Campus. With their lead and a gaffer/grip team that moved lightning fast and were very talented as well, we wrapped by 6pm every day—one day by 4:30pm. I guess as a director I now believe I should be home by sunset, hahahah.

What’s your advice to upcoming filmmakers?

My advice for up and coming filmmakers has many facets. There are many aspects of filmmaking to study in all three phases: Pre-production, production and post. You have to have a solid handle on all three—or at least know something and have some top hires in all three areas to make a film. And I’m not saying that you have to hire an army. I mean really take the time to study on other sets, take class and get experience. I grew up in post-production—27 years to be exact—and I grew up in news television so working as a team player is in my nature. Also, everything comes down to story. If the story is there—and that is largely due to well-drawn out characters and a fresh take on the chosen plot—then the setting, art direction and cinematic values will follow. As the director you’re the lead, but also practice good listening. All of the departments will appreciate it and you’ll have a wealth of resources to work with in the end. Also, get some sleep!

 

 

Nicole’s  Social Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nicoleedits

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Nicoleedits

Website: http://www.nicolefranklin.com/

To learn about Nicole’s upcoming seminar in May, click here.

 

 

More About Nicole:

NICOLE is an award-winning filmmaker, published writer and, come Fall 2017, an Assistant Professor of Television Production at Hofstra University. Through her 27 years in the industry Nicole has been a television director, stage manager, editor, educator, public speaker, web event host and contributing writer to such publications as The Good Men Project and Toronto-based ByBlacks.com. For eighteen years, her company EPIPHANY Inc. has produced independent films for numerous cable networks including Showtime, BET, IFC, Nickelodeon, Sundance Channel, FUBU TV and kweliTV.

 

Victoria Gregg Talks Akata Documentary

Victoria Gregg Talks Akata Documentary

Victoria Gregg Decides To Learn About Herself

Victoria Gregg is the Executive Producer of Akata Documentary, a documentary in which she discovers her ancestral roots. At 28-years-old, Victoria has taken initiative to uncover her past.  As the Akata Documentary highlights her journey, she shares her internal frustrations of not knowing her ancestral heritage. Her courage propels her to seek  and find answers. After she takes a genealogy test, Victoria’s world view drastically changes.  The test allows her to insert members into her family tree giving her new information. From meeting distant relatives to visiting the actual slave cabins where her ancestor’s lived, the Akata Documentary will take you on an emotional roller coaster of self-discovery palatable by Victoria’s quirky sense of humor.

 

 

As an adult, I grew tired of telling people, “I don’t know where my ancestors originated from…”

Victoria Gregg

Writer / Executive Producer

Willing to learn about myself

A Call To Action:

“This film is a call to action that encourages millennials to actively seek out their heritage. Whether it be through DNA testing, communicating with elders or searching family obituaries; gaining family history and learning traditional customs fills in the blanks in this coloring book that makes up our identity. We owe it to future generations to find this information out now before time destroys evidence and before oral history is forgotten.”

What Motivated Me To Produce Akata Documentary:

“I realized really young that not only was I black, but there was a HUGE probability that my ancestors were African. At that stage, I also decided that I was NOT going to claim a whole continent because, in my young mind, that seemed silly. As an adult, I grew tired of telling people “I don’t know where my ancestors originated from”. That’s when I realized that my story is really common, but many of “us” don’t take the time to research our own personal history. Bam! Here we are.

 

Check Out the Akata Documentary on the web and Social Media

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/AkataDocumentary

IG Page – https://www.instagram.com/akatadocumentary/

Twitter https://twitter.com/AkataDOCU

Website http://akatadocu.com/Give/

 

More About Victoria:

Prior to her life as a filmmaker, Victoria worked as a digital media consultant helping small business build their online presence. She attended  graduate school at Hawaii Pacific University. After graduating and moving back to her hometown of Silver Spring, MD, she became the Associate Producer for a boutique production company called UP Studios LLC. In between clients, she dedicates her time and resources to the success of this project.

 

Dallas Alexis Talks NY Underground Kingz

Dallas Alexis Talks NY Underground Kingz

Director, Co-Writer and Co-Producer, Dallas Alexis, is proud to announce the second season of the successful web series, New York Underground Kingz which airs in full on YouTube. The show tells the story of a man called Osiris (Rubin Hernandez), as he is making his way in life. Osiris, commonly referred to as O, is navigating the street life and dreams of rap stardom.

Dallas breaks down the inspiration behind NY Underground Kingz: The original concept of the New York Underground Kingz was pitched to me by Omari Levers. I always wanted to do a web series, I was actually writing one at the time NY Underground Kingz came up. What made me take the project were the characters in the script, the challenge of putting a project of that magnitude together and I also can see the potential for this to be really big, especially with the web series genre growing.

Dallas breaks down the inspiration behind NY Underground Kingz: The original concept of the New York Underground Kingz was pitched to me by Omari Levers. I always wanted to do a web series, I was actually writing one at the time NY Underground Kingz came up. What made me take the project were the characters in the script, the challenge of putting a project of that magnitude together and I also can see the potential for this to be really big, especially with the web series genre growing.

I can see the potential for this to be really big.

Dallas Alexis

Director / Co-Writer / Co-Producer, DA Media

The Underground Kingz Breakdown:

“New York Underground Kingz” is a unique series that offers insight into the five boroughs of New York City. The show presents many pertinent subjects that a large demographic of the NYC population are routinely engaged in. The show captures the “only in New York” lifestyle and ambience with authentic imagery of distinct neighborhoods that reflect the urban landscape. “New York Underground Kingz” is inspired by true events.

Please check out The NY Underground Kingz Social Links:

IG Page – https://www.instagram.com/nyukingz/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/NyuKingz

Website – http://www.nyukingz.com/

More About Dallas:

Dallas Alexis is the Founder at D.A. Media and is the Urban Summit Director at the Hip Hop Film Festival NYC.