Wednesday, February 21, 2007

The Democratization of Cinema?

Check this recent article in the New York Times:
"Where’d You Go to Film School? In My Bedroom"

It has some great ideas to contemplate. The article breaks down recent DVD tutorials which purportedly teach you the basics of filmmaking like, "Film School in a Box", "Hollywood Camera Work" and "Make your own Damn Movie" from the director of "The Toxic Avenger" at Troma Entertainment.

It then goes on to discuss the ideological conflicts and similarities between the creators of these programs and traditional film school programs. Good reading material for anyone interested in the future of filmmaking.

The article ends with this quote: "...democratization appears to be an irreversible trend in cinema. The thousands of movies each year now submitted to festivals around the world are testimony to a guerilla mentality that says no one needs official permission to make a film; and the advocates of teaching software often see themselves not so much training, but liberating new filmmakers."

As you are probably already aware, Down and Dirty DV is putting out it's own a one of kind guerrilla filmmaking DVD tutorial this Fall. If you liked the video podcast and the book, you'll definitely dig the DVD. Also, drop us an email if there are any particular topics you' like us to put on the DVD.

Whether you go to film school or not, it's always a wise practice to expand and round out your filmmaking knowledge with fresh educational sources and new approaches to filmmaking. That's what Down and Dirty DV is all about!

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