Red Giant Presents Giants of Digital Filmmaking

From left, Aharon Rabinowitz, Ryan Connolly, Seth Worley, Stu Maschwitz, Niko Pueringer, Sam Gorski and Freddie Wong.From left, Aharon Rabinowitz, Ryan Connolly, Seth Worley, Stu Maschwitz, Niko Pueringer, Sam Gorski and Freddie Wong.

Red Giant, the makers of the Magic Bullet suite of post-production tools, hosted an informal discussion Tuesday with a group of filmmakers whose work on YouTube and other digital platforms has generated millions of views. Moderated by Magic Bullet’s head of marketing, Aharon Rabinowitz, the panel featured Ryan Connolly of Film Riot, Seth Worley of Red Giant Films, Stu Maschwitz of Prolist.com, Sam Gorski and Niko Pueringer of Corridor Digital, and Freddie Wong of YouTube channel RocketJump.

The group touched on many topics during the lively, freeform exchange. Regarding the question of what mistakes they see beginning filmmakers make, Wong stated, “A lot of people send me films and they mistake intent for effect and tone for plot. It doesn’t matter what you intended to do when you started. What matters if I’m watching something is what’s in front of me now. I see people who can create a tone, which is good but not a replacement for storytelling fundamentals.”

Pueringer pointed out another issue that holds back many would-be filmmakers: “You have to finish your film. People might work on something and spend forever changing it, reworking it. The thinking is, ‘It’s not really bad if you’re still working on it.’”

Maschwitz’s take was somewhat different. “If someone sends me a film to look at, I want it to be the best they could do,” he said. “I get so many films from people who say, ‘It would be better, but I had to hurry up and finish.’

“What was the deadline?” he asked rhetorically. “Is Twitter going down tomorrow?”