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Happy Independence Day!

  This is a cheesy video I took a couple years ago. I already had it uploaded to YouTube, so I thought why not post it for you guys. I’ll post one with a little higher production value next time.

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Why Go to Film School? (Part 2)

In my last post, I talked about why production-centered classes might be helpful for a wannabe director/producer/screenwriter. This week, I’ll list a few attributes of the more purely scholastic side of film school (e.g. film history/media studies, Gen. Ed. requirements, … Continue reading

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The Future of the MPAA Ratings System

One of the primary complaints I hear and read from critics of the current ratings system is that it prevents NC-17 (X-rated) movies from being shown in most theaters and decreases advertising venues for such films. It is for this reason that, when filmmakers claim they are being forced to edit/censor their movies, what they’re actually complaining about is that their movies will receive a higher rating in its original form and, thus, be less likely to rake in significant revenues. Continue reading

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Boom Times for Film and Video Makers

Web video has become very profitable and there will be huge increases in motion picture / video related job markets. In other words, now is a good time to be a filmmaker. Continue reading

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The British Invasion . . . of American Television

Watching as much television as I do, I’ve noticed what seems to be turning into an enormous trend: British actors (and some actresses) playing Americans in American TV shows. Continue reading

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The Original Version Was Better!

After having recently watched the new versions of Day the Earth Stood Still and Sleepy Hollow, I started thinking about remakes. When is it worthwhile to do a remake? In my own opinion, it’s worth remaking a film if it … Continue reading

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Film, TV, & Modern Media as the New Mythology

In the 1988 mini-series “Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth,” one of the ideas Campbell explores is that fictional media (TV, radio, movies, etc) have taken the place of traditional mythology (religious texts/rituals/verbal histories) in the American culture. He further posits that this new mythology is insufficient to support the American psyche in the same way as ancient religions. Is this so? Continue reading

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Is There an Easy Genre of Film to Write?

Although, like any form of writing, easy is purely subjective; it seems like some genres are easier to write than others. I don’t know about most people, but for me relationship-based melodramas and horror stories are the easiest. Continue reading

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Announcing The Movie Nerdity Quiz!

What is your movie nerdity quotient? Take the quiz and find out! In addition to the “Home” and “About” pages of this weblog, there is now a new page containing a 100 question quiz that will tell you just how … Continue reading

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You’re a Film Student? Go See a Play!

Among some film academicians, there seems to be a strange attitude that film and theater are completely different and unrelated to one another. Quite to the contrary…. Continue reading

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