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Old 06-16-2007, 03:17 PM   #16
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The only thing about film school that I'm not sure about is if you have the talent why not just spend the money you're spending on film school and make a movie? I know film school can teach you a lot of things if you're going to go into camera work, production, or something specific like that but how many writers/directors that are working today went to film school?

Film school can teach you a lot but it can't teach you talent.

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Old 06-16-2007, 03:22 PM   #17
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The only thing about film school that I'm not sure about is if you have the talent why not just spend the money you're spending on film school and make a movie? I know film school can teach you a lot of things if you're going to go into camera work, production, or something specific like that but how many writers/directors that are working today went to film school?

Film school can teach you a lot but it can't teach you talent.

There are many things to learn, from the technical to the artistic. I'm learning from people who have been there and done that, so I know that what I am learning is applicable to maikng it in the business. I wish I could just walk out of class and start making movies, but I'd rather hone my abilites now and be better prepared for my career. And buying equipment and editing software can cost millions. One Sony Digital HD camera is around $100,000.

And to answer your question, almost all famous Hollywood directors went to film school. Spielberg, George Lucas, Scorsese, Coppolla, Bryan Singer, Christopher Nolan (kind of), M. Night Shamylan, etc. all went to film schools.
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Old 06-16-2007, 03:24 PM   #18
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i've gotta see those movies then. i love war movies, especially wwII flicks. clint eastwood is an amazing man, both as a director and actor. glad to see you're in film school, randy. that's something i always wanted to do.

Agreed, Clint Eastwood is an amazing artist. Thanks for the props. You know, it's never too late to get started. It'll be an excuse to get away from your wife Just messin'.
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Letters From Iwo Jima (2006) directed by Clint Eastwood.

I just watched this movie last night, and after only one viewing I feel confident is saying that Letters From Iwo Jima just might be the greatest war movie ever made. It tells the story of the Battle of Iwo Jima, but this time it is from the POV of the Japanese soldiers stationed there.

LFIJ is the "sequel" to Flags Of Our Fathers, a movie about American soldiers that fought on Iwo Jima and their controversial return home. Flags is a good movie, but Letters blows it out of the water. The cinematography and battle scenes are amazing and the characters are developed with perfection. I actually found myself rooting for the Japanese soldiers during the war because I felt that I was actually there with them.

I am a huge Martin Scorsese fan and was extremely happy when he won Best Director and Picture for The Departed, but now that I have seen Letters From Iwo Jima, I feel that Clint Eastwood was stiffed by the committee because he has already won each award twice for both Million Dollar Baby and Unforgiven.

Go and rent this movie! It is both beautiful and inspiring to watch.






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Anyway, I really have to agree, It's a little long with subtitles... But wellworth it :)
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Wow, I had no idea that many directors went to film school. I guess I was just thinking about guys like Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez who just started making movies on their own and got big that way. Rodriguez only spent something like $10,000 to film El Mariachi and look at where that led him. Tarantino dropped out of school in junior high and worked at a video store and sold movie scripts to finance Reservoir Dogs.

I'm not against film school at all and I've been thinking about going there myself. I think they can teach you lots of things but you have to have the talent.
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Old 06-16-2007, 05:00 PM   #21
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Didn't get a chance to see the film in theaters Randy?

Some recommendations of my own, you should go see (if you're into movies and all):

Away From Her - Sarah Polley's directorial debut. One of the best movies I've seen this year. A love story unlike any I've ever seen. The writing is superb, as is Julie Christie. Based off of a short story.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0491747/

Daywatch - Don't know if you've ever seen Nightwatch, but this one was very good, better by many accounts. It's interesting, intense, stylish, humorous, and just sort of refreshing in general. Not to mention, the special effects/CGI are top notch. The subtitle work is solid too. The movies are based off the Nightwatch/Daywatch/Duskwatch books.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0409904/

Both are in theaters right now.
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Old 06-16-2007, 05:05 PM   #22
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You should also see "Venus" (Peter O'Toole) if you haven't already. O'Toole was nominated for best actor in a leading role for his performance. Very very good movie. One of my favorites from last year, and pretty much my favorite drama from the past few years. It's out on DVD right now.
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Didn't get a chance to see the film in theaters Randy?

Unfortunately, no. During the school year I rarely go to the theater, it really sucks. I think the only movies I saw in the theater last year were Casino Royale, The Departed, and Breach.
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