I’ve been getting a lot of messages lately asking me to check out various video projects and indie films and write about them on here. While I’m flattered that these filmmakers are interested in my opinion and endorsement, I want to nip this in the bud: I rarely do reviews, and I don’t plug projects by request. Never have, never will.
I’d be happy to write about how to get your project out to a wider audience, though, if enough people want me to. I’m also, as ever, totally game to answer any questions, give advice to or otherwise discuss film/media/art stuff with anyone and everyone.
Thanks for your understanding, and good luck to all of you!!
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Since posting message responses seems to be broken, I’ll try this again:
Anonymous asked: Quick question; Is film school worth it? specifically NYU film. I love writing, directing and acting. But my intended major is dramatic writing. I think I should stay in dramatic writing to hone in writing skills, all while pursing film making outside of school.
I am not the best person to answer this, because I chose to leave school to pursue my art directly. In my opinion, unless you work long and hard to build a solid portfolio, use much of your free time establishing and maintaining contacts, take any and every PA job/creative internship you can handle ‘til you’re “discovered”, and enter your work into as many film fests as you can afford, art school is just a very expensive hobby.
Filmmaking is an intricate art and requires a LOT of technical know-how, as well as artistic instincts finely tuned through practice. To me, film school is worth it to learn how to actually make films, but if you just want to write, direct, and act, you’re better off just throwing yourself into developing a portfolio and getting into the local art/writing/performance/film scene. Get your critiques from real working artists, collaborate with everyone you can, and learn the biz by being the biz. Save your money for your projects, or for getting a degree that will not just help you start your career, but give you a knowledge base that makes you unique and indispensible.
Followers: what do you guys think?
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eskimoguy asked: oh a side note, i don't like all his movies, but I thought Moonrise Kingdom did an excellent job of capturing the oddities of childhood. Not perfect, full of weirdness, and only a couple memories will stick with you in the end, but while your in it the world seems slightly different... i dunno just saying. kind of reminded me of the french new wave film '400 Blows'
Thanks for your thoughts! I feel The 400 Blows is actually the exact opposite of Moonrise Kingdom. While both films definitely romanticize childhood in a stylized manner, the emotional journey in 400 Blows is tangibly moving, with powerful and candid performances by the young stars. Moonrise Kingdom showed me awkward middle-upper-class youths monotonously engaging eachother. The French New Wave itself was actually influenced by the tragic Italian Neo-Realism and the emotive films of Classic Hollywood, and inherently interested in the subjective realism of the emotionality therein. Granted, the New Wave’s two Big Bads, Truffaut and Godard, had very different approaches in writing this kind of emotionality; I feel if Anderson’s work could be compared to theirs, it’d be more Godard than Truffaut, though I could see him being heavily influenced by both (and the rest of the French New Wave).