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Work Smarter

filmmakers on set October 14, 2021

There’s lots of hard workers out there. But they’re not all successful. You have to learn how to work smarter, not just harder. What are the missing elements?  1) Improve your methods.  Working hard is wasted if you’re not working smart. What does that mean? That means being efficient. Taking the time to question your […]

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Leadership is hard

leadership in the camera department October 25, 2021

I’m not going to speak directly about the tragedy that happened during the filming of Rust because it’s too soon for us to know the exact truth of what happened. But I will say that regardless of the details, Halyna Hutchin’s death was entirely preventable, and it was a failure of leadership.  And I’m not […]

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“Call it”

A film set, camera and slate September 14, 2021

It’s your first day as AD (Assistant Director) and everyone is ready to shoot. The director just looks at you and tells you to “call the shot”. What do you do? “Picture’s Up!” or “Quiet on Set!” This is your first step. Loudly, without screaming, let everyone know they’re about to go into an actual […]

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We’re changing, are you?

August 30, 2021

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results” – Rita Mae Brown (not Einstein, I checked) Everything around us is constantly changing, and that’s never been more true. I’ll throw another quote at you: “For he that gets hurt will be he who has stalled” – Bob Dylan The best […]

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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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