THE DIRECTOR SERIES is an ongoing video and text essay series highlighting the work and careers of classic and contemporary film directors. Begun in 2012, the project has attracted a loyal following by regularly posting in-depth articles and videos, the latter of which are regularly featured on some of the highest-profile film and media outlets in the world. THE DIRECTOR SERIES has been cited by Indiewire as a “significant contribution to film scholarship”, and boasts a regular readership of over 1100 and over 200,000 cumulative video views.
-- WHAT IS THE DIRECTORS SERIES? --
-- WHAT IS THE DIRECTORS SERIES? --
-- WHO AM I? --My name is Cameron Beyl, and I’m a filmmaker based out of Los Angeles. My original shorts and features have won awards at several film festivals. I’m a graduate of Emerson College’s film program and a native of Portland, OR. In 2013, I co-founded a collective of digital media artists and like-minded filmmakers named Raccord. I single-handedly generate all the content for The Directors Series-- writing the text essays in addition to narrating and editing the videos.
I initially began The Directors Series as a way to help me organize my thoughts and insights after watching a given director’s entire output in chronological order. The project has grown over the years to become something much, much more involving and creatively fulfilling than I ever could have known, and has attracted a following that I never could have imagined. When the videos started getting exposure on prominent websites like Indiewire, Vice Creators Project, No Film School, Slate, and SlashFilm, I began to realize that I had somehow tapped into a collective hind mind of cinephiles hungry to see their favorite films in a new light.
So far, I’ve studied the works and careers of filmmakers like Terrence Malick, Michael Mann, Stanley Kubrick, Noah Baumbach, James Gray, Tony Scott, and PT Anderson...amidst many others. My aim is to cover the greats, as well as the many who have contributed to the art of cinema in a significant way. Along the way, I also hope to shed a little light on the underexposed filmmakers and lesser-known voices. I believe that, as filmmakers, we benefit greatly from studying the artists who came before us... even the bad ones. In an age where movies are dominated by over-commercialized blockbusters and compound franchises, it’s more important than ever to preserve our cinematic heritage and the wide variety of artistic voices that comprise it. While my essays and videos tend to be fairly comprehensive, by no means are they meant to be a definitive look at a director’s work-- art, after all, is subjective and the only viewpoint I can bring to the table is my own.
-- WHAT GOES INTO MAKING A SINGLE VIDEO? --Simply put, a lot. My text essays serve as the foundation on which I map out the videos, but a fair amount of time is spent cleaning them up and updating them with new information. I aim to use the best available video quality for each of a given director’s works, which means a fair amount of effort is spent tracking those elements down. Each video takes an average of 15-20 hours to edit together. Because I work a full-time job on top of all this, that time is currently spread out over several nights and weekends, which means that I post a new video on average about once a month. I’d love to increase the frequency of my output, just as I imagine the project’s supporters hate to see a month pass between installments.
-- WHY START A PATREON? --The Directors Series was always intended to be a free resource, available to anyone and everyone. As the project has grown, it has required me to invest more of my time and resources in an effort to adhere to a consistent posting schedule. I like to joke that The Directors Series owns me now, but that’s really just a reflection of the outpouring of encouragement I’ve received as the series has evolved.
A Patreon sponsorship would not only afford me more resources and time to release new video essays more frequently, it would allow me to connect directly with you in dialogue while also enabling me with the means to better reward you for your support. My ultimate goal is to create an expansive chronicle of cinema’s most important voices while providing aspiring filmmakers with a variety of career templates they can consider while forging their own paths. As such, your support is an invaluable contribution towards achieving that end.
-- THANK YOU! --