In this post, I, Caleb Mann, would like to talk about “Free Will of Cormax” which was my first experimental film. By first film, I mean that it was my first time using the camera to shoot a series of shots to be used in a story. (I shot with a canon 5d miii using a zoom lens) I operated the camera, played both the lead character Cormax and his nemesis, which is his dark side. I had a friend of mine, Julia Lanski, play my female counterpart.
I’m happy to say, I had no plans to make this short. It created itself. I didn’t write it, everything that was filmed for this short was simply me trying to figure out how to use the camera. The story came out of circumstance, I just so happen to go shoot some footage with Julia one day, I just so happen to improvise the scene between my two selves, simply to see if I could make it work. This piece really was an accident, that’s why I’m so proud of it. Because this is what I did without planning anything.
I find that the story does have an impact. When I was editing I wasn’t sure what I was doing. I just continued to pursue a feeling, a sensibility. Once I established that, I knew what to do. Cormax is definitely a version of myself, and I’m almost scared to say that this film is translated from real life events into an unrecognizable form. I didn’t mean for it to turn out that way. But it did, a sign that no matter what we do as artists our souls, if we are dedicated, will leak onto the page. Perhaps we could avoid it, but then I think we would be missing the meaning of what art is suppose to convey
For me, as long as I have a diversity of shots I can string them together as an editor and turn them into something interesting. That’s not how I plan to shoot all of my films, only as an early director so I can create my own style and make film making a life habit. I started as an actor studying Shakespeare. Now, at 22 years old I’m taking my shot at making films.
“Free Will of Cormax” was improvised by Caleb Mann.