Category Archives: Directing

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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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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Short Film: CHECKMATE

February 11, 2020

This short film is written and directed by Digital Film Academy
graduate Mr. Gleb Osatinski. Gleb studied at Digital Film Academy back in 2011 and has gone on to direct and produce a series of highly
well-received short films.

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Questlove’s Black Woodstock is his Directorial Debut

December 2, 2019

Questlove’s Black Woodstock is his Directorial Debut Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson’s first try at directing a feature film is a documentary titled Black Woodstock. The movie highlights the Harlem Cultural Festival, an outdoor music festival held the same summer as Woodstock in Harlem’s Mount Morris Park. Although there were over 300,000 people in attendance, the event […]

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DFA Alumni Spotlight: Andrew Rottkamp

August 11, 2016

When Andrew Rottkamp entered college at the University of Delaware, he was a finance major. “I didn’t know what I wanted to do, so I picked finance,” he jokes. “But I had a feeling right from the beginning that it wasn’t the right program for me.” Luckily, when his junior year rolled around, he wound […]

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DFA Film Student Spotlight: Ayanda Chisholm

July 22, 2016

Student Spotlight What’s the biggest way in which the Digital Film Academy has affected student Ayanda Chisholm’s life? “Definitely the WebTV class,” she says. “I had never considered doing a web series before. Now I’ve completed two episodes and plan to finish an entire first season.” The web series, titled The Young, Black, and Gifted, […]

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DFA Student Spotlight: Jimmy Zdolshek

June 24, 2016

When he was only in high school, Jimmy Zdolshek’s video production teacher encouraged him to participate in “SkillsUSA,” an organization that sponsors a competition to promote career and technical development. When the short Zdolshek completed within 6 hours as part of the contest went on to win 1st place, Zdolshek says it was one of the best […]

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The Director Auteur

September 15, 2014

The entertainment industry has tons of creative energy flowing through it. The public may hear stories of how most people who get involved in it desire to work in an area they are not hired for (e.g. the actor who wishes to be a director, the gaffer who would like to be a cinematographer, the […]

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Digital vs. Celluloid: Tarantino, Nolan, Abrams, and DiRenna Weigh In!

June 18, 2014

If you’re a fan of indie filmmaking, you’ve probably heard about the digital vs. celluloid debate. Digital cameras have made filmmaking accessible to everyone; now anyone who wants to can be a filmmaker. However, purists – and most notably great directors from the previous generation – still believe the only true way to make a […]

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