FILM SCHOOLS

What are film schools not teaching you?

Is your film school teaching you about the realities of writing, producing or directing a successful feature film? Are your proffessors activily working in their respective fields-- on TV or film sets? At studios, networks or distribution companies? Or are they teaching you textbook theories? If all you're learning is how to operate a camera, the basic elements of lighting a set, blocking for beginners and the three act structure and think that's what you need to survive out in the cut-throat world of entertainment-- please do yourself a favor and see if any of these topics sound interesting.

REVERSE ENGINEER YOUR FEATURE FILM PROJECT

WHAT IS THE TV PITCH PROCESS?

WHAT HAPPENS DURING DEVELOPMENT? KEY ELEMENTS AND ABSOLUTE MUST HAVES DURING THIS CRUCIAL TIME PERIOD.

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Have your professors discussed the elements of negotiating guild contracts, making a "pay or play" offer to an actor, a writer, or a director?

 

Do you know what you need to do to find out programming needs in foreign markets, eighteen months out, before you decide to shoot your feature? 

Do you know about TV series packaging? Do you know what a packaging agent does, and what's happening in our industry regarding packaging deals? Why did the WGA decide to sever ties with agents that practice packaging?

Do you, aspiring actors, know the business of acting? Yes indeed-- it may sound horrible to a creative type, but without the business of acting, producing, directing and writing, there wouldn't be an entertainment industry.

How about the aspiring directors and writers in the group, are you aware of the benefints of becoming a guild member? I'm talking about the Writers Guild of America and the Directors Guild of America. Are your professors members of these extremely fine organizations that have programs to help aspiring filmmakers?

Knowing how to navigate a camera is important. Knowing how to block is a needed skill. The elements of lighting a set, recording sound, mixing a couple of tracks, coloring a frame, making a cut or two are all important skills to have as filmmakers. However, just those skills alone will not help you once you're out there trying to make your first movie or sell your TV idea.

WHAT ARE YOU ACTUALLY LEARNING? HOW TO OPERATE A CAMERA? 

If any of this sounds interesting and real to you, stick around because over the course of the next twelve months, there will be FREE articles containing elments of filmmaking that go beyong the film school or university film program curiculum.

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