25 10 / 2011

collegehorror asked: Film school is more about your self motivation than the program you are in. I am a film major at Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, TN. It's a small liberal arts college. The film program is small, but I've been pretty successful in the film industry thus far. If you have a true passion to make films, you can make them at any film school, or with no film school at all. In fact, some of the best filmmakers I know have graduated in majors other than film, but always had a passion for it.

I would agree with this sentiment quite a bit. Most people I encounter (myself included) didn’t go to any of the schools I mentioned. Film school isn’t one of those “Go to school, make your grades, get a job at the end of the rainbow generic experience” that a lot of other majors can be. It’s very much a by product of the work you do in, and moreso out of the classroom.

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25 10 / 2011

Anonymous asked: Do you have any recommendations for good film oriented colleges?

I’m assuming for Undergrad? NYU, UCLA, USC, FSU, Northwestern, Columbia, AFI Conservatory.

But those are ones that get big buzz. I suggest talking to other people and getting a feel for schools. You’ll get just as much done by how much you want to get out of the program as you will going to a proper coveted film school. Anyone care to help out and chime in?

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24 10 / 2011

Hi, sorry its been a while. I’ve been exceptionally busy. But I’ll try to add a bunch of the new ones to the queue. But what would really help is if everyone used the submissions button if possible. Thank you!

Hi, sorry its been a while. I’ve been exceptionally busy. But I’ll try to add a bunch of the new ones to the queue. But what would really help is if everyone used the submissions button if possible. Thank you!

06 10 / 2011

R.I.P. Steve Jobs

We may not have always agreed, but your influence is undeniable.

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24 6 / 2011

On Final Cut Pro X:

Please don’t judge me harshly on what I’m about to write, I only mean this as a resource.

The system I grew up learning was Adobe Premiere. I have over six years in Premiere and consider myself fluent in that system. I only truly encountered Final Cut Pro 7 last year. That being said, everyday I go in to work, I’m responsible for cutting together a one hour news show. I’ve produced easily 30+ hours of professional content in FCP7 in the last month, which means I’m not unfamiliar in the least in FCP7. I don’t consider myself as good in it as Premiere, but I’m still very competent on a professional level. Not to mention I have projects that span across both suites all the time (e.g. FCP>Nested Premiere Sequence>After Effects>FCP>Color) so I don’t really believe in the duality mentality of CS5 v. FCP.

Being a younger editor that was never really emotionally attached to Mac and FCP to begin with I wasn’t counting down the hours or minutes or seconds until the release of FCPX. I only watched some of the pre-release videos and didn’t think that highly of it, but prepared myself to more than likely have to learn the new interface/system. In short, I’ve been looking at the whole thing from the outside.

Then it hit that app store.

I’ve yet to see it in person. I’ve yet to watch a video of it in action by someone not from Mac. I have however been following the industry response to it. Love the new FCP or hate it, something amazing is happening out there. An incredible load of information beingĀ dispersedĀ out there right now. Everyone, from small bedroom freelancers all the way up to production houses and film studios are talking about their workflows. You have to read between the lines and look at it from a different perspective a little bit, but people are opening up about the way they work in a way I’ve never really seen before and it’s a great opportunity to see how the industry works and is going to work. Take advantage of the situation to really study and dissect how people do things. Maybe there are places in your workflow you can optimize that you hadn’t thought of before. Or new ways of doing things completely. This whole debate and frustration in a weird way is somewhat a resource for us to use. So I encourage everyone to try and take away something positive from this experience.

21 6 / 2011

Final Cut X Released

What are everyone’s thoughts on it? Came out this morning in the app store. Anyone have their hands on it yet?

08 6 / 2011

08 6 / 2011

Or throw the shooting script, the script, the PA, or your coffee. Be creative.

Or throw the shooting script, the script, the PA, or your coffee. Be creative.

08 6 / 2011

08 6 / 2011

"What happened to our clouds?"

"What happened to our clouds?"