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Vasco de Sousa

Unpaid work leading to paid work

As a historian, and a filmmaker, I’ve studied the careers of many screenwriters, directors and others.  As students, they do unpaid work under mentors (their instructors and more experienced students.)  Normally, however, their first industry job is a paid one. Outside the film industry, I’ve seen something else.  Sometimes, unpaid work does lead to a […]

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Benchwarmers (2006)

The second in our series of underrated masterworks is Benchwarmers. Why critics hate: Benchwarmers. Reminds them of their own lack of skill at sports.  And, rather than gaining the skill to win a game through some crazy routine, they kind of stay mediocre.  Ouch.  As the film title says “reality bites.” Rather than getting revenge, […]

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The Sorrows of Deirdre

So, I had a film called “The Sorrows of Deirdre.”  I noticed something interesting.  Depending on who I pitch it to, my pitch changes. LinkedIn Pitch: It’s called “The Sorrows of Deirdre” and it’s based on Celtic mythology. Deirdre has been cursed with such beauty, that men’s desires her threatens to divide Ireland. To settle […]

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Advancing Aberystwyth mathematics problem

You may have seen flags up this summer for “Advancing Aberystwyth.”  These flags say there are events “supported” by local businesses.  Well, by taxes on local businesses. Did these events get you shopping more?  Did the chance to see The Goonies on the big screen bring you over from Birmingham, Boston, or Berlin?  Or even […]

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Why I don’t review short films

Hi Vasco – thanks for sending me your review. I deliberately chose mediocre films, because that’s more of a challenge than describing excellence. While your review was fun to read, and very well written (actually the best of all the submissions), its tone was far too negative, to the point of sourness, for what I […]

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Filmmakers are human beings

Okay, Shooting People and Stage 32 now allow us to limit our search to paid and unpaid projects, allowing amateurs to work on unpaid projects and professionals to try and make a living, in theory. Some of the unpaid work, when times in a calculator, ends up being less than minimum wage (unless you write […]

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Eighteen thousand four hundred forty two. 18,442

That number above is the number of films on shooting people, last time I checked. Who has time to watch all of them? We can search by keyword. But, we might not know the right keyword. Then, add those on Vimeo, DailyMotion, Youtube, Netflix, and German, Hungarian, Japanese, Indian, Nigerian, Chinese and other video sites […]

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alternative jobs for film grads

John Ballard works in an air raid shelter, wearing protective clothing, cutting green substances off a carpet with a knife.  His job, according to Men’s Fitness, is “Breaking Bad meets the Good Life.” “Controlled environment agriculture partly came about from people growing weed.” Ballard says.  What he grows, however is perfectly legal health food.  Perhaps […]

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