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Rebecca Conroy: Run-In With A Groupie

By Mike Everleth ⋅ May 14, 2007

Filmmaker Rebecca Conroy has posted up another “camera sketch” from her upcoming feature From the Woods. Now, I’m not sure what a “camera sketch” is. Is it just a test of footage in preparation of the full film? Or is it an actual scene that will be in the movie? True, I could easily write and ask her, but where’s the fun in that? (Previous sketch here.) (Update: Watch the full version of From the Woods here.)

Two musical sisters sing and play guitar

And either way, Rebecca continues to excite me about seeing the feature with these clips. This is a great looking clip that’s shot in a messily precise way. The handheld camerawork is very loose, yet perfectly frames and captures each advancement of the action, even if all the “action” is just dialogue. I also like where she positions her actresses in the space. Even ignorning the dialogue completely, the body language of each girl is what’s really telling the story.

I hope Rebecca keeps releasing these sketches. Actually, I think it’s a smart way for indie directors to keep people up-to-date on what they’re doing. More directors should do this form of video marketing.

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