After a previous post I was asked to continue creating online film school style blogs so here goes:

I got the following message on MySpace:

—————– Original Message —————–
From: Ryan
Date: 18/12/2007

i am an aspiring filmmaker.

the only one in my school.

so its hard to shoot the movies i wanna shoot.

because no one will help me.

im a senior

and im thinking about attending new england institute of art.

im in the process of making a short right now, but alas, its difficult. and im on a deadline. plus i dont have any actors, just my friends who wanna jack around when im trying to get things done.

any ideas or advice?
sincerely yours


Here are my thoughts:

Only work seriously with people who can take things seriously and if that means all you have is yourself, then put yourself in front of the camera and use a tripod.

For the rest, use reality where all you need is for people to take themselves seriously which most people do and then document them being their true selves.

Your message that you just sent me was a short story. You have characters, you and your goofy friends who we could see poorly act in your attempts at movie making as a voice over explains nobody takes what you want to do seriously. We have a setting, Milford MA, and a high school where you are the only filmmaker, meanwhile all these other more popular activities are constantly keeping everyone else entertained. Sports, cheerleading and other popular activities could flash by.

Kids at your school probably all eat together and laugh at lunch, this could easily be shown. You probably sit in the corner drawing story board ideas for films (or something like that) and this could easily be shown to provide contrast.

You want to make films and have an eye. This can be shown via textures or up close things or something random but amazing that you have caught on video, maybe a few things flickr by.

And then end on explaining you think you should attend the art institute of England. Film the website or brochure or whatever it is that made you start thinking about their school.

But also consider the notion that you might not need the Art Institute and you just want to make your films after high school and find some other way to collect a team of serious people. My friend Roger started making a film called Moonshine when he was 19 and it was in sundance when he was 21. He didn’t go to film school. He just used the internet to find people serious about acting and got a cinematographer who knew what he was doing.

That would be my advice.

* Does anyone have any more advice for Ryan? Please post a comment below.