Indy Filmmaker in Ireland; managing director of SkyHigh Productions delivering high quality films for marketing and sales to Corporations and Brands alike.
Interesting Article, yet, one wonders, what is the specific purpose? Is it merely to create debate, or is it more meaningful? If the reason to go to film School is to get hands on equipment, or at least was the reason, I think the students misunderstood. Surely it was more about learning the 'business' of filmmaking?! The financing of a filming, the building of a team, the ability to coordinate efforts and understand the abilities and traits of team members, the opportunity to flex one's creative muscle in a collaborative and structured environment with guidance and standardised administration and processes...
Filmmaking is an art, yes, but it is also a business, and there are a lot of legal parameters around this that most people just won't understand without at least some formal form of education in these areas. Whether or not someone pays for this education, it matters nay--- one is at school either way, whether paid, or paying to undergo that education... one way or another, a person must learn their craft, and it costs no matter what. A formal education facility helps someone to understand the legal side of things and the business process side of the world they are interested in entering... surely that's what film school is all about, not equipment and connections, but Quality, Quantified and Proven Key Knowledge!
For the record, I didn't go to film school, I went to Business School and hold a Masters in Project Management, but I also have a military career behind me and a civilian career in the business world. On the side I have always made film or created something of artistic form and value. I am a very creative person, and sometimes my limited skills prevent my visions being realised, but I have never been prevented from trying. That being said... no matter what it was, even if profit was made from sales of associated materials, the experience cost money and time, and I was 'at school' while learning and making mistakes at my own behest and drive! Would change nothing, it has driven me to be the person I am today and hopefully it will lead to others enjoying and appreciating what others may consider to be insanity in my own self-designed feature: #Ex70N. Without the experience, costs and education behind me from the last almost 30 years though, it wouldn't be possible to take these steps.
if your focus is on gucci gear, then your mind is not on telling the story with creativity and flare!
Angles, Dialogue, Storyline with a start, middle and end are the vital components, how you capture it can often dictate how you will present the final story, but the story should still be clear in the final product.
Getting hung up on top quality gear and aesthetics will only lead to breakdown in progress and functionality of a team, ultimately, you have to compromise 95% of the time anyway, so don't worry about what others think, make your film and celebrate your creativity, not the depth of your pockets to buy gucci hardware! Your viewers are not interested in what camera or mic you used to make your film... trust me!
excellent tips, seems like it could be good advice for a Director too where their intentions are concerned - win win for everyone. thanks for the tips
nice advice, as I generally tend to shoot for the edit and forget about the small things, the ones that usually mess me up.
excellent point, and an organic feel is so important.
it takes guts to follow your dreams, but passion is a driving force that cannot be reckoned with once unleashed. Finding the balance to do what you want and pay the bills should be about time, not money, that being said it is always nice to have money aaaaand time so you can just concentrate on doing your thang :) great article!