The Scandal of For-Profit Colleges And Film Schools

Film School no different than Cooking School

Film School no different than Cooking School

Last week a cooking school in San Francisco agreed to refund up to $20,000 in tuition to each of more than 8,000 students who were led to believe they would get high-paying jobs as chefs after they graduated. You’re wondering why I’m writing about a cooking school on a blog about filmmaking.

You came here wanting to learn more about filmmaking but you need to understand that you are at much at risk of be ripped off as those kids at “culinary arts” school. [Read more…]

Your Film Needs A Dolly Shot

Dolly Shot

Dolly Shot - photo credit: Reinis Traidas

A Dolly Shot Can Make Your Film Look Pro

One of the biggest differences between your film and a big Hollywood production is the lack of a dolly shot. Most low-budget films use static tripod or shaky hand-held shots whereas most big-budget films include some real smooth dolly shots.

A Dolly Shot Alternative To The Wheelchair

You’ve probably heard people suggest renting a wheelchair as a cheap dolly alternative. But what about if you want to do a really smooth 360 degree shot around a central object or actors? [Read more…]

For Filmmaking Success – Start At The End

Filmmaking success doesn’t come easily but you will find it a lot easier if you heed these wise words.

A wise person once said to me:

To succeed at anything, start at the end.

What she meant was that you won’t ever get anywhere unless you start by knowing where it is you want to go, then you can draw a line back to where you are to understand how to get there. [Read more…]