Film School In Your Pocket

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If I were to teach a formal course in filmmaking, I would call it "Never Has So Much Been Done With So Little, By So Few." In my film school, you wouldn't have to buy course materials. On the first day of film school, I would give each student a legal pad, some pencils and a small sharpener. Those would serve as your writing tools. And instead of books, a smartphone and the … [Read more...]

Here’s What Film School Doesn’t Teach You

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I'm a filmmaker. This is going on my 3rd year making films. I live in Long Beach, California which might as well be Siberia as far as film making is concerned. It definitely is not in the TMZ zone. Before I made a movie, I had no filmmaking experience nor attended any film school classes. To date I have finished one 71 minute documentary called Dream Big At 77 about a a 77 … [Read more...]

Jason Faller Makes Movies

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I am always impressed by filmmakers who wake up, take action and get their movies made outside of Hollywood, without asking permission. Jason Faller is one such filmmaker. With his company Arrowstorm Entertainment, he produces, markets and sells his own movies. Jason Faller stopped by Filmmaking Stuff to share some tips on how to become a successful, entrepreneurial … [Read more...]

Funny Short Film Ideas

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Many filmmakers waste months and years trying to make everything perfect. These same filmmakers fill their closets with valuable camera gear that collects dust and never gets used. If that's you, stop it. I know making a movie is scary. Your first few short films will suck. This is part of the process… You must first get all the sucky short films out of your system. With … [Read more...]

Filmmaking Without Film School

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In this filmmaking question, a prospective film school student asks what he can do before going to film school. I have not made any films but I am planning to attend film school in two years. In the meantime what are some things I can do to prepare myself? For example, I am watching and studying films. I usually watch one movie per day. Additionally, I am reading about … [Read more...]