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  1. #1 Why do so many filmmakers advocate breaking the rules of filmmaking? 
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    I seen it on many threads online, people asking for critiques of their work, other people give answers pointing out errors in lighting or composition, then someone comes out of the woodwork calling the mistakes creative and that the rules don't matter. The rules are the guide for what the eye and subconscious expect to see for moving images. Of course you can break them if the narrative requires a jarring or discomforting effect, but I just don't know why people jump immediately to "oh the rules, break em." Wheres the rebelliousness coming from?
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    Could be laziness. Not wanting to take the time to learn it right
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    The difference between being creative and making a mistake is does breaking the rule help you convey the emotion you are trying to establish in the scene? Jarring off kilter camera angles and framing help if you're trying to make your audience feel unsettled in a scene for example. But if that wasn't your intention then you've made a mistake.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jambredz View Post
    Could be laziness. Not wanting to take the time to learn it right
    Yeah, that's it most of the time.
    I had the "pleasure" to watch some of the "new bread" filmmakers with their DSLR last week for an hour.

    They had the attention span of a hungry mosquito.

    Taking your time, making qualified lighting decisions and focusing (pun intended) on something longer than a few seconds was out of the question. Let alone thinking twice about framing. Waving the camera around with both hands, or even one (freestyle) was the order of the day - "having a tripod would slow us down" they told me, same goes for anything but handheld LED lights. Yeah, right.

    I have no problem with knowing the rules, and than brake em for a good reason, but this.....?
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    I find that the more people talk about breaking the rules, the more it seems they don't know the rules at all.
    Great filmmakers break the rules all the time, but it is no excuse to not plan and execute things properly.

    Even if you are not technically great filmmakers, I'd love for more people to at least spend some more time to write a good story before they wave the camera around.
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    Is it a true rule if it doesn't have penalty?
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    The penalty is a sucky film if done incorrectly. Thats punishment enough to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jambredz View Post
    The penalty is a sucky film if done incorrectly. Thats punishment enough to me.
    Unfortunately a lot of people don't know how to objectively judge their own work...
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    Quite frankly I'm not that good at much anything and heavily rely on rules and other talented people for the stuff I work on. The reason has to be overwhelmingly obvious for me to brake a rule on purpose and even then I have to think about it long and hard before I do. I will never win any awards or achieve any recognition of any significance but these rules have been paying my mortgage and putting food on the table since the late 90's and will retire happily with out financial worries long before I hit 65. Rules and knowledge in essence have made my career.
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    I'm giving you the 'Bmcuser Humility Award of the Week' award David.

    There, now you have won an award!
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