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For many years, I considered pursing a degree in documentary production. With so many great master’s-level programs out there, from Wake Forest to Montana State, the temptation was quite strong. The desire to take on more debt, however, not so much. Degree programs do offer several advantages: Focused and compressed learning time Access to the… Read More How to Learn Filmmaking without Pursuing a Degree
In early November 2018, I attended a class in cinematography presented by Jeremy Wilker at Film North in St. Paul, Minnesota. The class represents another step toward proposing a multi-media documentary production class. The following post brings together 11 takeaways from that two-day workshop. 1. Every shot must serve a purpose. This reminder is important… Read More 11 Lessons from a Cinematography Boot Camp
Some of the most interesting documentaries reveal the “hidden” aspects of the movie-making process. The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing delves into one of the most invisible of the film arts, editing. At its simplest, editing is the assembling of shots into a cohesive whole. But editing is so much more than that,… Read More Editors Take it to ‘The Cutting Edge’