Is it important to have a Leading Actor/Actress or Star in your film?

Here’s a question that I ask myself from time to time.  In order to be considered a successful project or film many people judge whether your project was a success by how much money the project made.  So the question is how important is it to have a star say Tom Cruise in your science fiction or action based thriller.  When you hear the name you say okay this has to be a good movie because he’s a very talented actor and all his films from Top Gun to Mi(Mission Impossible) series are fast based mind bending thrillers.  But would a guy who doesn’t have the name but was talented in regards to acting be able to convince the audience he is who he is playing or his role says he is.  I guess that all comes down to casting and the casting director’s choices in pre -production of a film or project.

Or what about a sex goddess or sexual appeal.  Do you need a A list hot actress such as Angelina Jolie or a celebrity personality say the likes of Kendall Jenner or a model like Gigi Hadid in your project for it to be hot.  I guess many factors come into play as a creative director/film director in regards to the direction of your project.  If you are self financing then you can do whatever you want because it’s your money.  If you are using investor money (and you want to keep using investor money) you probably want to give them a return on the money/faith that they put in you to make a project that people would love to spend their hard earned dollars on.  But then again that begs the question without a doubt can you make a successful production without star power.  On one hand I believe you can.  If the plot is well thought out and your targeted audience can follow the message it works.  But the amount of people the message reaches may be limited unless you can find a way to make your project go viral.  But the same project with 1 name generally has further reach.  For those of you who don’t believe me next time your teenager or kid wants to buy an advertised toy like Probot man (generic term for a brand labeled toy) say hey kidd look at this over here this toy does this and that better than Probot man and it’s cheapier.  Look in the child’s eyes and see the sadness that sets in because you let them down and didn’t get them the toy that they wanted.  Why do they want the toy because all the tv commercials say so, their social circle says so, and their mind says so.  But your saying no.  Kids and adults are no different if I can pay 5 dollars or 20 dollars to see my favorite star on the big screen why wouldn’t I do it.  But if I just want to be told a story I don’t care if a D, or F- actor or actress tells the story as long as it makes me feel something I’m sold.  So the answer is it all depends on your goal.   What do you think?

How to Make a Cinematic Film

So I was looking up many articles and wondering the best way to make your film or project look Cinematic.  It all come down to 2 to three variables.  The variables are shutter speed and frame rate.  So there isn’t a magic formula it’s best for you to experiment on your own to find what you like.  I was playing around with different frame rates and shutter speeds and you can achieve some interesting visuals (depending on what your trying to accomplish).  So to make your high value motion picture production or low budget production great lay around with these two variables.  You can also play around with light and timing and other things but for me using those two things really helped me.  But last but not least credit should be given where it’s due there are some amazing ways to learn many cool things from UDEMY.  No I’m not doing affiliate marketing for Udemy but I believe in giving credit where it’s due….

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Last updated 6/2017

#Green Little #Horsey Got All of the #Swag directed by #Creative #director Jamaal R. James #liveaction

This is a test of a low budget film about a little horsey that could and his knight who was always trying to catch him but couldn’t. Dang horsey. Thats gonna be a song called Green Little Horse got All of the Swag. Look for it in 2020.

~creative director Jamaal R. James 2016.

Strike A Pose Short #Stopmotion #ShortFilm by #FilmDirector Jamaal R. James

Here we have another friendly short film test of The Last Knights Templar and a shadowy figure hiding in the smoke. So what does one do when something like this happens. He learns to strike a pose. Well not really just working on some more stop motion techniques.

~Creative Director Jamaal R. James

Scenes from The #Last #Knights #Templar by Cartoonist Jamaal R. James

Here’s some more shots from the short stop motion film the last knights templar with more to come.

Pope Clement V from the Last Knights Templar is chilling near the entrance to the castle. The Last Knights Templar created by Visionary Film Director Jamaal R. James for James Creative Arts And Entertainment Company.

The Last Knights Templar sees Pope Clement V creeping up on his castle. Oh no. Oh no, what shall he do? Created by Creative Director Jamaal R. James for James Creative Arts And Entertainment Company. puppet theater

The Last Knights Templar sees Pope Clement V creeping up on his castle. Oh no. Oh no, what shall he do? Created by Creative Director Jamaal R. James for James Creative Arts And Entertainment Company. puppet theater

#Stopmotion #Thelastknightstemplar Short film #Puppetshow

So here we have a puppet show about a knights templar, actually the last one alive and then pope clement V. They are battling it out.

The Last Knights Templar puppet show by Creative Director Jamaal R. JAmes for JAmes Creative Arts And Entertainment Company. puppet show.

The Last Knights Templar puppet show by Creative Director Jamaal R. JAmes for JAmes Creative Arts And Entertainment Company. puppet show.

The LAst knights templar guarding his temple tower, puppet show by creative director Jamaal R. James for James Creative Arts And Entertainment Company. illustrator.

The LAst knights templar guarding his temple tower, puppet show by creative director Jamaal R. James for James Creative Arts And Entertainment Company. illustrator.

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The LAst knights templar guarding his temple tower, puppet show by creative director Jamaal R. James for James Creative Arts And Entertainment Company. illustrator.

The LAst knights templar guarding his temple tower, puppet show by creative director Jamaal R. James for James Creative Arts And Entertainment Company. illustrator.

The LAst knights templar guarding his temple tower, puppet show by creative director Jamaal R. James for James Creative Arts And Entertainment Company. illustrator.

#Knightstemplar #illustration by #Cartoonist Jamaal R. James

So here we have another mini storyboard slash script of the Knights Templar of old versus The Pope Clement V. Enjoy.

Knights Templar Versus Pope Clement V drawing by illustrator Jamaal R. James for James Creative Arts and Entertainment Company Puppet Show Revenge of the Templar. Storytelling puppet company

Knights Templar Versus Pope Clement V drawing by illustrator Jamaal R. James for James Creative Arts and Entertainment Company Puppet Show Revenge of the Templar. Storytelling puppet company

#Knightstemplar #Stopmotion #puppet character design by Film Director Jamaal R. James

Here we go another character for a up and coming stopmotion film called…..um nevermind.

For now here’s Pope Clement V. Enjoy.

Knights Templar Pope Clement V puppet character design by Creative Director Jamaal R. James for James Creative Arts And Entertainment Company. cinema

Knights Templar Pope Clement V puppet character design by Creative Director Jamaal R. James for James Creative Arts And Entertainment Company. cinema

#Stopmotion #knightstemplar #Puppet #cinema by Film director Jamaal R. James

Here we have the first part of our stop motion project. Where we make the actual characters. Thanks to the chiodo brothers and Stan Winston School again. Enjoy.

Knights Templar Stopmotion puppet by Film Director Jamaal R. James for James Creative Arts And Entertainment Company. cinema pelicula

Knights Templar Stopmotion puppet by Film Director Jamaal R. James for James Creative Arts And Entertainment Company. cinema pelicula