NEW! SOB Episode: Seyi River – Composer, Filmmaker & Director of One Hit Wonder

Filmmaker and director Seyi River drops in to discuss music composition, how he got into the industry and his upcoming new film One Hit Wonder in the first Style of Business episode of 2018.

-Podcast Show Notes-

Episode: 31  

From Music to Filmmaking with Seyi River

Summary:

In this new episode of SOB: Style of Business podcast, Keetria interviews Seyi River, a musician, composer, sound designer, writer, director, filmmaker and entrepreneur. Seyi shares with Keetria how he went from becoming a professionally trained musician because of a desire to score films – and then expanded his skillsets by becoming a self-taught filmmaker in the process. Seyi also is generous with his advice to people who are serious about filmmaking, the strategies that were involved in writing and directing his own projects, and also his personal assessments of where the motion picture industry is headed.

 

Show Notes:

  • Keetria gives an overview of Seyi River.
  • Seyi started his music career by attending the Berklee College of Music.
  • He is a self-taught filmmaker who spent time watching movies, reading screenplays, and reading books.
  • “If I Die Tonight” was a film Seyi created about police brutality named after a 2Pac song.
  •   He makes films based on what is meaningful to him and what questions need to be answered.
  •  “One Hit Wonder” is in the “magic realism” genre and is about a bestselling writer whose second  book flops.
  • Seyi’s lets his multiple writing ideas marinate until one is ready to write and focus
  • Relatability is an important element to telling a story to Seyi.
  • It is vital to learn the craft of film, become a visual person, and study human nature.
  • Seyi predicts a lot more diversity when it comes to filmmakers and that Hollywood won’t remain the center of creative and original storytelling.
  • Movies need to be good enough to deserve the price that audiences pay to experience them.
  • You have to wear multiple hats – creative and business- as an independent filmmaker.
  • With music scoring, it is very internal when composing audio interpretations of the emotions and themes of a movie.
  • Sound designing and enhancing audio is another skill he has to offer.
  • Seyi is motivated by striving to add onto the history of film in a positive way.
  • Writing down goals is vital to his strategy towards success.
  • Be honest about your assessment of your abilities in comparison to the highest level of your industry.
  • Health, eating right, being a nice person, sending out good vibes, and building up your stamina is important to be able to have the energy needed to work hard.

 

3 Key Points:

  1. Filmmaking is not just pointing a camera – it requires mastering the craft.
  2. Diverse stories and storytellers are going to become much more normalized.
  3. While investing in your career, don’t forget to invest in your health.

 

Tweetable Quotes:

–   “I was born a musician…but I became a filmmaker.” – Seyi River.

–   “The important thing now is to gain craft, and to gain craft you have to do a lot of hard work and understand the medium that is film.” – Seyi River.

–   “Become a visual person, like go to a museum, look at paintings.” – Seyi River.

–    “With film, you have to be insanely patient, because films take a long time.” – Seyi River.

–   “Surround yourself with really, really excellent people doing what they do.” – Seyi River.

 

Resources Mentioned:

5 Useful Resources for Indie Filmmakers

Indie films often lack a certain technical and creative savvy required for a film to succeed in today’s market. That’s why it’s important for indie filmmakers to always up their game and stay abreast not only with the latest techniques and developments in the film industry but also learn how they can successfully navigate the cutthroat industry. There are many resources online and we’ve compiled a list of five blogs we believe can help you become a better indie filmmaker.

1. NO FILM SCHOOL
No Film School is a community of filmmakers, video producers, cinematographers and independent creatives and it’s one of the leading online resources on filmmaking. Founded by award-winning writer/director Ryan Koo, No Film School is where filmmakers share their knowledge through articles, podcasts, and video tutorials, and learn from each other. The site offers an incredibly comprehensive range of material and has everything you may need as a filmmaker. Whether you’re a professional or a newbie in the industry, No Film School will help you get started and improve your craft.

2. VIDEO CO-PILOT
For those who want to sharpen their visual effects skills, Video Copilot is the site for you. Founded by special effects artist and software developer, Andrew Kramer, Video Copilot creates tools and training for people who want to learn and improve their skills on motion design and visual effects. The site offers the latest products for special effects editing, a blog, and a range of online tutorials to help you get your game on. Andrew Kramer is one of Hollywood’s most sought-after visual effects artists and has previously worked on Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

3. PROVIDEO COALITION
ProVideo Coalition brings together some of the film industry’s best writers, video experts, and bloggers on one website. The site offers a mélange of tools, tips, and techniques for budding filmmakers as well as production news and reviews from top experts. Readers get it straight from the source because each of the site’s contributor writes based on his/her personal knowledge of the subject.

4. GO INTO THE STORY
Founded by University of North Carolina screenwriting professor and blogger Scott Myers, Go Into The Story will teach any newbie screenwriter the basics of screenwriting and every trick of the trade worth learning about. The site is straightforward and is devoid of distracting ads and features a long list of useful websites for cross-referencing.

5. INDIE FILM HUSTLE
Founded by indie filmmaker Alex Ferrari, Indi Film Hustle is a treasure trove of knowledge. The site shares everything Alex Ferrari has learned over the years as writer, director, producer and post-production/VFX supervisor. Unlike other sites, Indie Film Hustle can be a bit raw and does not hold back. It’s brutally honest in telling the truth about how you can avoid costly mistakes and missteps and succeed as a filmmaker in a fiercely competitive industry.

Do you have other resources you want to add to the list? We’d love to hear about it.