film school

Already seeing people shitting on the Batman movie getting a rewrite.

They got a new director and it just shows that Matt Reeves is getting hands on with this film and is getting super involved. This will make for a better film.

I hate how when one little thing comes out from DC, people say dumb shit like “How hard can this be? Why is it taking them so long? This project is doomed.”

Like shut the fuck up.

Filmmaking is hard. Okay? Especially big budget filmmaking. There is so much stuff that goes into filmmaking that you wouldn’t be able to learn everything about it in 4 years of film school.

I’m serious. There is so much stuff that goes into it that the only way to really learn it is to actually be on set.

Majority of the Internet has never been on a film set let alone seen one.

WB has been making films for a damn century nearly. Chill. Let them take their time and don’t act like the world will end with every bit of news that comes out.

I got asked a few weeks ago by pictosays if I had any tips for upcoming film students, now I’m nowhere near an expert but this is what I have come up with from personal experience.

Learn from the ground up 
You are in school for a reason, don’t walk in thinking you know everything because you made a film for A Level Film Studies, everyone did and people will get annoyed with you rather quickly.

Take risks
University is the time to take risks in your work, you have a safety net, use it to your advantage.

Get experience
Talk to 2nd/3rd years to get roles on set, they need some extra hands on set and you need to know how a set works in the ‘real world’.  Also use your summer/weekends wisely, get an internship or some runner jobs at a production company. Hands on experience is invaluable and a foot in the door never hurt.

Be nice to your peers
In film school more so than others you have to work in teams, it’s part of the industry and it’s a part of everyday life. Don’t make enemies you will regret. 

Theory is important
It’s one thing being able to make a film look nice but if the shot has no real relevance/meaning then it’s pretty useless. 

I use this website all the time, it has detailed tutorials on all industry standard software. There is a subscription fee but most (mine anyway?) universities offer a subscription as part of the degree. (Also Avid is the industry standard for editing Feature/Hollywood films at least get your head around the workflow) 

Be prepared to self-teach
This is true of all subjects but in film somethings you just have to figure out yourself, you have to figure out your own workflow. So instead of complaining about it just get stuck in - you never know it could be fun. 

Don’t get cocky about your specialism 
You want to be a director? Awesome, go for it but have a backup. Director isn’t the only job available and it also isn’t ‘the most important’. Film sets are nothing without all the other departments, learning how they work will do you no harm.

Watch films!
Expected really but at times you get caught up in production, make time to go to the cinema or to re-watch your favourite film, remind yourself why you do what you do. Also expand your genres, watch the classics and go to experimental film festivals because inspiration can come from the strangest places.

That’s everything I have for now, it’s also good to remember my BA is more fine art film than feature/hollywood but the principles the same - play around, find your niche and work hard.

If you have any questions just drop me a message :)

anonymous asked:

Any clue as to what I could do with a degree in Film studies?

Here are some careers:

  • Arts administrator
  • Educator
  • Editorial assistant
  • Film producer
  • Information assistant
  • Journalist
  • Media planner
  • TV researcher
  • Independent film director

You could also work for:

  • Advertising and marketing firms
  • Civil service departments
  • Commercial galleries
  • Design institutions
  • Film/TV production companies
  • Museums

Hope this helps!

The signs as pretentious film kids on a student film set

Aries: drives the van. asks the director if they can be the one to say “action.”
volunteers to carry the c-stands.

Taurus: makes suggestions to the art department but doesn’t help with the arting. chats up the DP about cameras. always into the crafty.

Gemini: already knows everyone on set. tries to make conversation with the DP as they’re lining up a shot. waits all day to yell, “martini shot!”

Cancer: volunteers their personal items as props. knows where the first aid kit is. gets flustered every time the AD hurries them.

Leo: yells, “quiet on set!” and then continues talking. fraternizes with the actors. keeps showing people their reel between takes.

Virgo: has the call sheet in their pocket at all times. forever on the lookout for continuity errors. always wants to get one more shot “for safety.”

Libra: flirts with the actors. says, “fix it in post,” every time something gets fucked up. flirts with the crew.

Scorpio: really into Chiaroscuro lighting. freaks out if no one is on fire watch. calls close ups “chokers.”

Sagittarius: weirdly into GoPro shots. insists upon sitting shotgun in the van. damages equipment trying to get a difficult shot.

Capricorn: shamelessly networks between takes. drops film lingo secretly hoping someone will ask them to explain. asks a PA to pour their coffee.

Aquarius: rude to the director, but nice to the PAs. wants to get experimental with it. smokes a million cigarettes.

Pisces: always asking to see frame and playback. whines when the shoot doesn’t wrap on time. is high.

If you truly love cinema with all your heart and with enough passion you can’t help but make a good movie. You don’t have to go to school. You don’t have to know a lens – you know, a 40 and a 50 and a – fuck all that shit – crossing the line – none of that shit’s important. If you just truly love cinema with enough passion – and you really love it, then you can’t help but make a good movie.
—  Quentin Tarantino

anonymous asked:

What schools have good directing, film, writing, programs

University of Southern California
New York University
University of California - Los Angeles
American Film Institute
California Institute of the Arts
Columbia University
Chapman University
Loyola Marymount University
Emerson College
University of Texas - Austin
Syracuse University
Boston University
University of North Carolina School of the Arts
Northwestern University
Wesleyan University
Stanford University
DePaul University
Florida State University
Columbia College Chicago
Savannah College of Art and Design

Hope this helps!


If you’ve never seen this, pay attention closely and watch the whole thing. Alan Rickman’s subtleties in movements and facial expressions are amazing to behold. Behold: Epic Tea Time with Alan Rickman




for those of you who don’t know, I am currently in film school! This is my most recent short film starring @kill-j0y35!! 

anonymous asked:

hey jules! do you think that people who (unfortunately) can't attend a film school, but work really hard on their own scripts and movies, can still get a job in the film business? thanks and have a nice day/evening/whatever!

Hey Anon,

I absolutely think you can work in the film industry without attending film school! (There are plenty of famous directors who can attest to this.) In fact, one of the reasons I started this blog was to teach and give resources to people who aren’t in film school.

By not going to film school, you are saving a ton of money so that’s a big plus. But be prepared to do a lot of self-teaching. I recommend for learning software and look online for some textbooks on film. The Hollywood Standard is good for writing, In the Blink of an Eye is standard for editing, and On Directing Film is a good starter for directing.

Take any internship you can to get some hands-on learning. Local film companies are often open to interns and you get more experience when you have a smaller crew. Professionals like experience more than a degree. Internships will also give you a chance to network, which is EXTREMELY important in film. (Probably the biggest benefit to film school is the ability to network with your peers so if you aren’t going to film school your connections are even more valuable.)

Good luck in your future endevors.