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101 Things I Learned in Film School

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  • Posted September 5, 2012

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    Facts + Irony

    This was a very entertaining and, at times, hilarious look at some of the things you learn in Film school. I currently attend a media arts program (I came here for audio post production for television and film) and many of the things presented in this book are stuff I experience every day. The irony of the entire thing is that while some may look at this as a very basic book, it covers just about every nuance you'll run into in the film industry. From eye lines to existential conflicts...It's got it all.

    Bonus points can be added for the fact that the anecdotes are on one page while funny little illustrations feature on the opposing page. Spiffy!

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  • Posted May 21, 2010

    Fascinating for Film Buffs and Writers

    Film making is essentially storytelling, and as a writing teacher and avid reader, it's always fascinated me. I have been wanting to learn more about this storytelling process, and about the nuts and bolts of movie-making - including scriptwriting, camera angles, and editing - in a way that's relatively quick and accessible. This little book, recommended by Trisha at Eclectic Eccentric, was perfect for me. It's deceptively straightforward and simple but rich with information. It helped me grasp the process of film-making, which Neil Landau described as both "painstakingly deliberate and fortuitously experimental." I am excited about looking for some of techniques he described next time I watch an excellent movie.

    Some aspects of movie making the author touches on:

    * The stages of film-making - from pre-production to post-production.
    * The nuts and bolts of screenplays - have you ever wondered how to format a screenplay or how long it should be? (hint: 1 screenplay page = 1 minute of screen time)
    * Writing and editing the screenplay - it includes some of the standard gems cherished by us writing teachers, like "show, don't tell," plus tips for plotting, advice on developing a compelling protagonist, and more.
    * Coming up with an effective movie title.
    * Creating believable dialogue.
    * How to pitch a screenplay to a film studio executive.
    * How to use lighting and various camera lenses and angles to tell your story and reveal important things about a character's psychology.
    * Tips for casting.
    * Things the audience should experience during a movie, like catharsis.

    This is a concise, intriguing overview of the art of film making, strewn with quotes from movie makers, actors, and writers, that I'll be keeping on a side table in my T.V. room for future reference. Many of the ideas explored in this book, including plot development, creating characters, storytelling, themes, and imagery, will also help with reading or writing fiction. I highly recommend it to writers, film buffs, teachers, homeschoolers and anyone who is fascinated with the process of telling a compelling story.

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