Bentley, MōVI & iPhones

 I often tell young filmmakers that the best way to learn the art of directing, is to take their iPhones and go out and shoot a sequence or short.    That way, you won’t focus on the technical restrictions of lenses, camera support etc – you focus only on how you move the camera (and why) the length of each shot, and the art of sequencing…   Point is:  the lack of depth of field won’t make a good film…  the depth of your storytelling skills (not to mention the quality of the original story and screenplay) will!   This is a big focus on what we’re doing on tour right now, now on city 6 of 32.

Here is a great example of what an iPhone 5s, connected to a Freefly Systems  MōVI M5 can do – and just how good it can get.  

Now to be frank:  I really don’t care what anyone shoots on… I just care about the result.   I think it’s often superfluous to talk about the cameras, lenses etc when the focus should be on story.   But this is a great example of that in an odd way as well:  the use of the cameras and movement when combined with an iPhone and MōVI show you where things will head in the future… smaller cameras, new camera support and innovations galore.    Because ultimately, none of your general audience cares about how your film was made – they just care if it holds their attention and entertains them.   That’s my opinion anyway.

You’ll see a little BTS at the end of the video below that shows how the video was shot – and edited on an iPad in the plush seats of a Bentley… "as you do!"  



Directing Motion Tour kicks off to great reviews

 And we’re off!   3 cities down… 29 to go.  Oh my!


The good news is that despite limited sleep so far, the reviews have been super positive.   And we’ve worked the kinks out of the logistics of travelling with all of this gear and an entire set with us throughout the country.   (And we’re getting more sleep as a result.)

You can read more about it from a first hand account here from Story & Heart community member Nic Justice.

Here are some comments from yesterday’s Boston Directing Motion Tour stop – hope to see many of you on the road!   The larger cities are close to selling out, if you find that the venue in your are sells out,  there are still seats in the slightly less populated venus FYI.   We’ve had people fly in from London, Australia and Canada already…  which is quite flattering to say the least!

If you can’t make it in person for whatever reason , we’re going to shoot the workshop and make it available for download on May 31st – more info here.   There’s no sustitute for taking part of course – so I suggest you try to make it if you can.   We’re all having a blast (and yes that’s Peter Hurley operating on the JL Fisher dolly above.)


"Do.  Not.  Pass. Go.  Attend this workshop!  What I learned in 12 hours will last me a lifetime – you can’t put a price on that.  THANK YOU."   – Alexia Prichard
"A truly great experience covering an awful lot of ground.   A terrific combination of personal experience and advice, referenced cinematic material and live, hands-on experience."   – Junius Beebe
"Incredibly informative and highly recommended."  - Nick McKinless (flew in from LONDON) Filmmaker / Stuntman (Sherlock Holmes - the movie)  / Action Director 
"Hit the nail on the head – loved the film examples and hands on.  Will use this content every day."   – Tim Davidson
"Fantastic day yesterday!  If you are think about it:  Do it.  Don’t miss it.  Absolutely worth it."  - Pablo Ricardo
"Vincent hits one out of the park in Boston!" – Don Winkler
"Phenomenal job by Vincent Laforet at Boston’s stop for the DMTour."  - Tony Yu / Founder Lens Protogo
"Learned invaluable tips about how to use motion in cinematography."  - Elliot Gould
"Thanks again for a great and inspiring workshop.  Learned a lot of directing techniques and theory."  - Helder Mira
"Excellent workshop!   Dissecting the film scenes live dramatically taught me about camera movement and the motivation for moving the camera.   Hands on demonstrations showed what needed to happen behind the scenes to get the coverage required to get it on screen.  I also gained a new appreciation for how much time and concentration is required to film motion."   – Carl Vernlund
"An incredible value – inspiring, educational & invaluable."   – Dan Rosario
"I had a great experience at DMT, refreshing some old techniques that I knew, and learning many new and important techniques.  I appreciate the hands-on experiences and the one-on-one opportunity to discuss with Vincent and experiment with the equipment."  - Helder Mira
"This was well worth the money!   There were more take aways than I know what to do with!"   – David Maloney
"Love it!"  -Franck Pierron
Here’s a list of the upcoming cities and dates  below:




1. Tuesday, May 6, 2014 – Philadelphia

2. Thursday, May 8, 2014 – Newark

3. Saturday, May 10, 2014 – Boston

4. Tuesday, May 13, 2014 – Columbus

5. Thursday, May 15, 2014 – Detroit

6. Saturday, May 17th, 2014 – Indianapolis

7. Sunday, May 18, 2014 – Chicago

8. Tuesday, May 20, 2014 – St. Louis

9. Thursday, May 22, 2-14 – Minneapolis

10. Tuesday, May 27, 2014 – Denver

11. Thursday, May 29, 2014 – Salt Lake City

12. Saturday, May 31, 2014 – Vancouver

13. Sunday, June 1st, 2014 – Seattle

14. Tuesday, June 3, 2014 – Portland

15. Friday, June 6th, 2014 – San Jose

16. Sunday, June 8th, 2014 – San Francisco

17. Tuesday, June 10, 2014 – Sacramento

18. Saturday, June 14, 2014 – Irvine

19. Sunday, June 15, 2014 – L.A/Burbank

20. Tuesday, June 17, 2014 – San Diego

21. Thursday, June 19th, 2014 – Phoenix

22. Saturday, June 21, 2014 – Austin

23. Sunday, June 22, 2014 – Dallas

24. Tuesday, June 24. 2014 – Houston

25. Thursday, June 26, 2014 – New Orleans

26. Saturday June 28, 2014 – Nashville

27. Sunday, June 29, 2014 – Atlanta

28. Tuesday, July 1, 2014 – Ft. Lauderdale

29. Tuesday, July 8, 2014 – Charlotte

30. Tuesday, July 10, 2014 – Brooklyn, NY

31. Saturday, July 12, 2014 – Washington, DC

32. Sunday, July 13, 2014 – NYC


Sneak Peak of the Directing Motion Tour

Directing Motion Sneak Peak from Directing Motion on Vimeo.

Here’s a sneak peak into some of the content I’ve been working on for the Directing Motion Tour that starts in just over a week and goes to 32 cities over the next 10 weeks.  These are but 6 examples our of nearly 200 that I’ll share with you during the daylong workshop that also combines live shoots where you can put this theory into practice.   You can go straight to the site if you need more information about the tour or are interested in signing up.    The crew seats are about to sell out in almost half of the cities so this is going to be a fun summer!    

Below is a list of cities and dates – hope to meet some of you in person!

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