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Don’t Trade Your Future for those Film Schools

filmschool July 28, 2021

The Wall Street Journal recently published an article titled “Financially Hobbled for Life” in which they talk about film school graduates who leave their programs $100K – $300k in debt. Now these were master’s degrees, but this problem impacts graduates at all levels.  It’s. Not. Worth. It. No one in the film and media industry […]

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It ain’t about how hard you hit

July 20, 2021

“But it ain’t about how hard you hit; it’s about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward. How much you can take, and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done.” – Rocky Balboa I used to think that the difference between the successful and unsuccessful was that successful people didn’t fail. […]

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The Darling Buds of May

film crew May 13, 2021

Summer is almost here! And even if it’s true that ‘rough winds do shake the darling buds of May’, after a whole year of COVID 19 and pandemic we’ll take it. Life was on pause before. Now is the time to unpause and launch your plan for world domination in media production and film! And […]

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10 Things Every Independent Filmmaker Should Never Be Without

May 5, 2021

When you’re just starting out and you’ve got a tight budget, it’s difficult to know what expenses are essential and which can be cut. It’s easy to try and save yourself time, money, and effort by leaving out things you don’t know you’ll need. But that can come back to bite you in the rear […]

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They’re here! In-person classes

in-person class April 19, 2021

Spring in-person classes “When are you going to be back in-person?”. That’s by far the most asked question from aspiring filmmakers that are interested in attending DFA. We get it – and we heard you! We are finally back with selected classes on our NYC facility. While the COVID pandemic isn’t quite over yet, there’s […]

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5 lessons from Francis Ford Coppola

April 7, 2021

For Coppola’s 82nd birthday, after almost 60 years of filmmaking, we’ve tried to extract some wisdom. 1) Don’t Give Up Coppola almost got fired three times while filming The Godfather. But he didn’t quit, delivering a film most consider one of the greatest of all time. 2) Don’t Be Afraid of Change  “I have seen […]

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Do you REALLY need a Shooting Schedule?

March 22, 2021

It’s a short script, you wrote it and, you’re filming it with your friends/fellow students/Cousin Brad. You’re the producer and director and writer, you know this project like the back of your hand. So it will be okay, right?  NO! You should always have a shooting schedule. Even for small simple projects.  Why? Because something […]

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Overcoming Limitations

February 17, 2021

I’m a firm believer that everyone is capable of making really great media. So where does all the bad media come from? Limitations. People are limited by budgets, availability, time, weather, and global pandemics. The thing stopping us from making great media isn’t a lack of ability. It’s the outside pressures pulling at our attention, […]

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101 ways to improve your shooting

January 7, 2021

Disregard any other Listicle, LifeHack Video, or magical advice you’ve seen, I’m about to give you the one and only list of things you can do to improve your shooting. 1) Choose an area that needs improving2) Do it3) Do it again4) Do it again5) Do it again6) …101) Don’t stop doing it til you’re […]

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Expose Yourself

December 14, 2020

It doesn’t matter how perfect your work is if no one sees it. In 1952 a twenty five year old first generation New Yorker working in a sweatshop bought a Rolleiflex medium format camera and revolutionized street photography. Or that’s what might have happened. In reality, Vivian Maier died in obscurity after a lifetime of […]

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