Bobby Vu is a passionate filmmaker and photographer. He is first a filmmaker and then photographer. He’s been involved with directing for over 6 years from short films to commercials. Finally in 2014, he’s aiming to direct as a full time director and hopefully get a feature film started in 2015. So far, he’s directed 3 short films and 4 more planned for the rest of 2014.
Tell us a little about yourself and your photography.
As a photographer, I’ve have a lot of experience in the fashion industry. Mostly, I do photography as a creative exercise and companion to my filmmaking. To keep my mind sharp and tell stories from the camera. I love doing both journalistic photography and fashion. One of my life goal is to be featured on Vogue Italia.
Why do you love photography and how does it work for you in your filmmaking?
I love photography because you get to create your own reality within your lens. It’s also much more simple than filmmaking, where I get to carry around my camera and shoot. As for filmmaking, we must get a script locked down, location, crew, actors, etc. It’s a very collaborative field, yet the most satisfying.
You do some very cinematic photo shooting. What is your secret when photographing like that?
My secret is to not only learn photography. My style is a mixture of things I like, especially film cinematography and renaissance paintings. And above photography and lighting techniques, I’ve adapted a habit of being curious of life. To find the fascinating things in things that’s not so significant.
Tell me more about your filmmaking?
I’m still learning and I’m probably never going to reach my full potential. I believe my strengths in genre are drama, action, film noir, mystery, thrillers. I tried making a comedy and romance but it ended being too serious. Haha
What kind of a camera and lenses do you primarily use and how do you select your equipment?
I own a Canon 7D DSLR, which is only a mid-range camera. When I was starting as a photographer, I would always wish to get a better camera in hope that it would enhance my photography. But as I grew as a photographer, I relied less on technology and learned to work with what I have. I even had a period where I was doing my photography from my iPad.
Can you name some tips for those who want to start taking photos and even making films?
Learn the fundamentals. Fundamentals of light, color, composition, etc. And learn it well, it will keep you above your competition as you grow with technology. As for film, they are extremely technologically advanced, but even the most expensive movies need to fall back on fundamentals. Which is a great story executed well.
Huge thanks Bobby for your insight into your world of filmmaking and photography!
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