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Here's a Compilation of Movies That Can Help Teach You the Craft of Filmmaking

05.17.13 @ 11:30PM Tags : , ,

Jack Perez - Movies to Learn CraftDirector Jack Perez (Some Guy Who Kills PeopleMega Shark vs. Giant Octopushas been making low-budget films for quite some time, and just a few months ago he sat down with the great people over at Film Courage to discuss the process of making movies and which are the best films to watch to help you learn the craft of filmmaking. Check out the list below, and be sure to head on down to the comments and add any that have helped you learn the craft.

Here is a complete list of the films he mentions (and a few more) as well as three major filmmakers he talks about:

Alfred Hitchcock

Martin Scorsese

Akira Kurosawa

One of the first films always mentioned when talking about the craft of filmmaking is usually Citizen Kane, directed by Orson Welles. If you haven’t seen it, you should probably stop what you’re doing right now and check it out. It’s arguably one of the greatest films of all time, but even if you’re not a fan (and I know many who aren’t), it is responsible for a lot of cinema that came after it.

There are usually far too many filmmakers to mention, and any list or person will probably leave out a few, so I’ll just give a few of my favorites that really opened to my eyes to what cinema could be:

Ingmar Bergman

Andrei Tarkovsky

What are some of your favorites that have really helped you to learn the craft of filmmaking? Feel free to share them below!

Link: Film Courage

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  • Thanks for suggesting great films to learn from.
    Now, how do I learn exactly what to look for in these films?
    What books do you suggest that show how to analyse these films?
    Are there good books that describe the techniques being used in a given scene that makes it outstanding?

  • i really appreciate you guys for every effort to see us grow in this field am a new student of animation and we have photography as one of the units done.i have been acting for like 10years and now i want to do something more than acting.whats you advise guys?

  • No Schidler’s list?

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