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Category Archives: film school
Statistics are useful for many things. Getting insurance for instance, or doing a health and safety report. If you know that ten percent of all shots attempted on a certain kind of ladder result in accidents, it may be an … Continue reading
A naughty little boy once said the rules are made to be broken. Well, one of the unwritten rules of the movies, or stories for that matter, is that the main character (or hero) must undergo change. This change is … Continue reading
If you’d ask me if you should go to film school, I’d say no. If you ask me whether I regret going to film school, I’ll also say no. If you ask me if I’d hire a film school grad, … Continue reading
Dara Says is a Romantic Comedy set it Wales. Working on this film for the past six months has been fun and funny. When I wrote the script a few years ago, I didn’t feel like the character at all.
With the recent closure of Jessops, independent film professionals have a sense of their own mortality. Not very long ago, Jessops was something we took for granted. You could walk in, look at the cameras, try out a lens, and … Continue reading
From applying to film school to networking with filmmakers, it seems the new standard question is “which movies moved and inspired you.” Trying to pick a movie from any given year is usually difficult because out of 800 or so … Continue reading
Taxi Driver was the first movie I wrote about for film class. Today, Taxi Driver does not seem like the same film I reviewed all those years ago as a first year in film school. There are so many things … Continue reading
William Goldman shares two important lessons in Adventures of the Screen Trade. First, he claims that Nobody Knows Anything. Then, he contradicts himself with his strongest piece of advice : Protect Your Story’s Spine To The Death. Yes, Goldman whines … Continue reading