Guillaume came to Japan 10 years ago on a simple mission – to film here. The culture, the old movies, and other inspirations are what drove him to be here to practice his craft. Working in the industry for 19 years, Guillaume has a reputation for being a very hard worker and precise cinematographer.
We were very grateful to have Guillaume in the studio for an interview, where he graciously gave us a few tips and tricks for filmmakers of all experience levels.
Three Tips from Guillaume Tauveron for Filmmakers and Aspiring Filmmakers:
First tip will be to train your skill and your style. First when you start, you will have to do lots of videos for free because you are starting, but have lots of fun, try a lot of things, because that is how you will learn, how you will also know what you like, what you’re good at, and its also it’s like muscle; the more you train the more you will have confidence and the more you will get better. For example, when I started, I made some kind of series of short films, … I was trying to learn more about my cinematography, about scriptwriting, about directing actors, and it was very, very, very fun. Thanks to this, I have my own style, and then I began to have requests (for work, etc.)
Tip two will be to be patient and persistent, because that takes time. Theres so many people now who make videos and who want to work in this field, so you’re quickly lost in this flow. So you have to (learn to be) patient, know that (breaking into the industry) wont happen in one week or one month…it takes time. If you’re persistent and then…go on to do quality (videos) often, I think that will be something good. People I knew who are successful in this business at first had some hard times, but it takes time (to be successful).
Tip three is to be flexible, because you never know what will happen on set, even if you’re well-prepared. For example, the weather or lots of noise or have some (un-cooperative) locations. For example, when I did my first feature film “Beyond the Blood,” we were supposed to shoot in a park on some swings, but there was a big typhoon, so that was impossible. We had to shoot (instead) in a public toilet with a roof, but for my movie that (ended up being) better, because it was a dark movie…. It was better to have the actors the two actors talking in with those dirty toilets. It was more in the atmosphere. If you change your ideas, you have to find a new idea that is as good (or even better) than the first one.