Filmmaker or Business Person? Common Misconception #1

Orson Welles, March 1, 1937

Orson Welles, March 1, 1937


If you are an independent filmmaker you probably see yourself primarily as a creative person. The major skills you focus on developing are around screenwriting and directing and you aren’t probably very interested in developing business and marketing skills.

 Big Mistake!

Orson Wells once famously said many years ago that filmmaking is 2% about making a movie and 98% about hustling. That is probably even more true today. [Read more…]

India Photography Tour – Filmmaking Adventure

India Photo Tour

Taj Mahal - Image via Wikipedia

This isn’t exactly about filmmaking but still something I think many of my visitors might be interested in. To be a good filmmaker requires understanding and having experienced the world. Nothing is quite as experiential as a visit to India.

I’m posting this to help out a neat friend of mine who has organised a new tour. It will be an India photo tour and will start December 31 of this year and end January 15, 2012. It will start in Calcutta and end at the Taj Mahal and Delhi.

My friend, Mark Tuschman a world renown, award winning outstanding photographer/tour guide, has teamed with the best India tour organiser, Louise Nicholson, for this India photography safari. Louise is a recognized expert on India having traveled to India more than 200 times and having written The National Geographic Traveler: India guidebook.

Have you ever conceived of yourself photographing and experiencing a nation and civilization as fantastic as India. This India picture taking safari is not only for photographers. Anyone who is a creative person, writer or adventuresome traveler who would like to experience the visions, sounds and culture of India without the rush of typical tours will love this trip. I would also like to note that Louise invariably builds comfort into her tours of India so you do not need to worry about this being too challenging.

If this sounds interesting then check Mark’s internet site where you can get in touch with the travel organizer directly. Click here for this India photo tour or his blog at photo tour of India.

Online Film Schools – A Good Option For Learning?

Online Film School

Butch Cassidy as part of the Wild Bunch - Image via Wikipedia

Is an online film school a good option for learning filmmaking? This is an important question because no matter where you are in your filmmaking career there is always a lot more you can learn.

When the great screenwriter William Goldman (Butch Cassidy, Princess Bride, Misery, etc.) first attempted to turn one of his novels into a screenplay he discovered that there was no information available on how to write a screenplay. No books, no classes and of course nothing on the Internet because it didn’t exist then. (By the way if you want to learn the truth about Hollywood and screenwriting read his hilarious bestseller book Adventures in the Screen Trade: A Personal View of Hollywood and Screenwriting.)

Online Film School For Learning Facts

Today you will find tons of in-depth information on every aspect of how to make a movie in books and on the Internet. But are online film schools a good option for starting or continuing your film education? [Read more…]

U.S. Colleges For Film

Master List Of U.S. Colleges For Film


colleges for film

Filmmaking of 'Black Thursday' - Image via Wikipedia

I’ve just updated my master list of film making schools to include some thoughts about the effectiveness of getting a filmmaking degree from one of these film schools.

There seems to be more and more doubt amongst the people I’ve spoken to lately about the effectiveness of colleges for film teaching the skills needed for a career in filmmaking.

The time and dollars spent may not be the best way to go. [Read more…]

Film School In New York? – How NY Film Schools Stack Up

NYU's Tisch School of the Arts - NY Film Schools

NYU's Tisch School of the Arts - Image via Wikipedia

NY Film Schools – Any Better?

Last post I wrote about Los Angeles film schools and I feel I should give equal time to the NY film schools situation. Doesn’t seem a lot better. Although NYU’s film program brags about some impressive graduates the percentage who end up in satisfying careers in filmmaking seems to be very low.

NY Film Schools – Very Expensive

Pretty much everyone has an idea that living in the Big Apple is incredibly expensive. Being a student at a NY film school is also very expensive beyond just the very high tuition.

What are some options?

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