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March 05, 2011

DIY - Do It Yourself Film

It seems that everybody loves films - but could anyone make a film? Here are some resources - from some professionals - on how (almost) any of us could...

...make our own film.

For example, Robert Rodriguez put together this quick ten minute lesson to better explain to skeptics how he was able to make his Sundance-winning El mariachi on a budget of just $7,000 - http://www.good.is/post/must-see-for-amateur-auteurs-robert-rodriguez-s-10-minute-film-school/. What could be better than a ten minute film school?

If you think film-making is easy, even for established directors, take a look at this interview with Francis Ford Coppola - http://www.good.is/post/an-auteur-you-cant-refuse/.

Coppola is responsible for some of the greatest films of the last 30 years: The Conversation, Apocalypse Now, and, of course, The Godfather Trilogy, but it took him years -and success in the wine business - for him to get where he wanted to be as a director.

And, whether or not you saw the Oscars, you can get a quick taste of the films of 2010 in this six minute compilation - http://www.good.is/post/video-270-films-from-2010-in-six-minutes/.

I've been in, or helped develop, a couple of films, and my biggest surprise was how differently I see movies after having a hand in their production. I highly recommend a film project, and thanks to online services like Youtube (and many others) you have a international audience.

If you make your own film, send us a link. We'll be glad to pass it on.

Send us any links or other resources that you think any teachers, students or even just regular people might find interesting or useful. Let us all know about words that make you crazy, aspects of language and expression you find challenging, and be sure to let us know what it is about English and language learning that you find confounding, infuriating or endlessly intriguing.

Listen, read and speak. Make your new language your own.

My best to you as you make your way through this intriguing , constantly shifting linguistic landscape.


About the author of this entry:

Morf has a B.A.from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, USA and an MAT (Master's in Teaching English) from the University of Washington (Seattle, WA, USA). Morf is currently a radio host (http://www.tacoma.fm/) a newspaper columnist and a teacher of English at the college level.

Posted by mmorf at March 5, 2011 07:59 PM


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