Should You Go To Film School?

If you're just starting out as a filmmaker, deciding if you should attend a traditional film school is something you need to decide. And it's a costly decision - some of my friends here in Los Angeles are over fifty-thousand dollars in debt. While most of my friends value having a college education, all agree that having a  film school degree will not guarantee success in … [Read more...]

Film Shot On Cannon 7D

Living in Los Angeles, I always find it novel when I meet other filmmakers who actually went to my small, Pennsylvanian high school (there are only 2 such people that I know of). One is a filmmaker named Joseph Ort. And frankly, he is bit of a filmmaking tech-head. He uses his Cannon 7d on weekend projects - and he wanted to share a rundown of the tech stuff used during the … [Read more...]

Are You Part of The Filmmaking Class?

Last week I had a debate with my buddy about filmmaking class. And no, I'm not talking about the classroom. But I am talking about social filmmaking status. Basically the debate went like this: how do you decide what movies are "real" movies and what movies are "fake." (I know. Stupid debate, right? But if you read this, I'll dispel a myth and forever end Hollywood movie … [Read more...]

Filmmaking Books Worth A Read

When I was working to make my first feature, I read a bunch of filmmaking books. I wanted to find out how to finish my screenplay and how to raise money for my movie. The problem was, much of the information was bogus. A lot of those "experts" had never even made a movie! One guy even said I should ask my dentist or doctor for money.  Frustrating. Fortunately, I found few … [Read more...]

Indie Filmmaking Your Days Away. . .

As an indie filmmaker, your time on set can be long. If you fall behind, your days can become longer. Long days with little rest and lots of work can cause stress. Don’t be surprised if you hit the wall from time to time and break down. If this is your first feature, don't feel bad. Most filmmakers either lose their temper or cry or both. If you have to cry or lose your … [Read more...]