October 24, 2017 at 10:16AM


Teaching oneself the craft

Hi, figured this would be the right place to ask about this with so manu autodidact film makers on the board.

I'm trying to teach myself the craft of screenwriting and directing. Which means I try to spend as much time as possible practicing and studying.
But I have to pay the rent with a non-film related day job. So when I get home I only have maybe 4-5 hours. I try to make time for 2,5 hours of study and 90 minutes of film watching.
My job is flexible so I can take days off whenever I want to, so some days I study and work 8-10 hours besides watching films.
I try to shoot one short film every month.
But I still feel I'm moving in snail pace. How did you guys do it? How do you prioritise between studying, practicing and watching films?


To me it seems that you are on the right track. One thing to keep in mind is that cinema is not something that can be learned, it's something to be discovered.

October 24, 2017 at 12:45PM

Elmoutasam Aziz
Chief Learning Officer

Thanks for the encouragement! :)

Emil F. Skanning

October 25, 2017 at 10:38AM

I would try and find a screenwriting group you can join, so that you can get some constructive feedback and a chance to workshop your scripts.

October 25, 2017 at 5:47AM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

That's a really good idea. Can't find any where I live so I'm gonna start one myself. Thanks for the advice

Emil F. Skanning

October 25, 2017 at 10:38AM

learn this platform more to see the answer

October 27, 2017 at 5:38AM, Edited October 27, 5:39AM

Sena Zuch

get this book https://www.thriftbooks.com/w/dslr-cinema-crafting-the-film-look-with-vi... by kurt lancaster called dslr cinema. Ignore the camera recommendations, but absorb the basic cinematography. Then look on youtube for all the 10 min film school videos by director robert rodrequez. I also recommend the book making video that doesn't suck. Get a monopod for stabilization even before a tripod and then make 20-5min film, script them if you can, but even the days when you have no idea what to shoot, go outside and shoot or if you have no idea what to shoot, then shoot a 5 min film on I have nothing to shoot about today. Use your lack of money, skill, actors and all the reasons that prevent you from filming, just move beyond that, shooting 20-5 min films will teach you more than any book or article and learn to read your films for quality, look at the first and last film and take notice of the differences, have other filmmaker critique your films, not because they are right, but to give you a technical reaction and feedback, trying some things that don't work and fail and you may discover something new.

April 28, 2018 at 8:30PM


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