Film School

Notes On Notes

Back to the Chalkboard: Notes on Notes

I once taught a BFA Thesis Class at USC, which consisted of six very talented men and women, each about twenty-one years old. These writers had been in classes, workshops, and at parties together for three years. Over that time they had dated each other, broken up with each other, fought and loved each...


Story Talk: An Interview with Author and Producer Barbara Freedman Doyle

Barbara Freedman Doyle’s Make Your Movie: What You Need to Know About the Business and Politics of Filmmaking is anything but another run-of-the-mill, how-to book on breaking into the film business. This is a blunt, real, smack-you-upside-the-head resource that is essential reading for anyone smitten with notions of a future working in the entertainment...

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Just Film School

If you enjoy debate, not many questions ignite more argument than whether or not an aspiring filmmaker should attend film school. I’ve observed the film school question from a number of angles; I was a film student at Florida State University, I’ve taught film at Quinnipiac University, and I’ve worked with filmmakers who are...