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I'm directing a movie for a class at school how can I do good?
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Two words: Dogma 95
“Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.” — Nazi Reich Marshal Hermann Goering
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Watch the Independent Film Channell as much as possible. In fact every night this month they're having "Pulp Month", where they show a kick-ass pulp film every night at 11:00 EST.

You may also wanna ask ocpmovie, as he has some experience in that particular field.

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Originally posted by: sean wookie
I'm directing a movie for a class at school how can I do good?


From the School of George Lucas:

You only need three words: "Faster. More intense!"
MTFBWY. Always.

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Originally posted by: sean wookie
I'm directing a movie for a class at school how can I do good?


You can help your local civic groups, volunteer to work with needy families, serve food in a soup kitchen, clean up litter in your town, organize a student group to help the elderly, etc, etc, etc.... there are many ways one can do good.
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Directing a movie is fairly intuitive. Theres lots of books written about the subject but really directors just make up their technique as they go. Seeing as you wont be dealing with a real crew nor real actors i doubt any of the so-called "professional technique" would be of any use to you.

My advice: plan things. Make sure you know what kind of tone and quality you want the product to have, plan things so that people show up on time and you know what shots you have to get. And think realistically--you are not going to get crane shots of 500 extras. Other than that, everything else is your own creativity and talent. Good luck!

The Secret History of Star Wars -- now available on Amazon.com!

"When George went back and put new creatures into the original Star Wars, I find that disturbing. It’s a revision of history. That bothers me."

--James Cameron, Entertainment Weekly, April 2010

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My dad keeps telling me I should voluenteer for cable. Is that a good idea.
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Originally posted by: sean wookie
My dad keeps telling me I should voluenteer for cable. Is that a good idea.


Sure, if you're a teenager theres not really a whole lot to do to get experience while in high school. Its usually pretty boring work but you gotta start somewhere right?

The Secret History of Star Wars -- now available on Amazon.com!

"When George went back and put new creatures into the original Star Wars, I find that disturbing. It’s a revision of history. That bothers me."

--James Cameron, Entertainment Weekly, April 2010

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Originally posted by: greencapt
Originally posted by: sean wookie
I'm directing a movie for a class at school how can I do good?


You can help your local civic groups, volunteer to work with needy families, serve food in a soup kitchen, clean up litter in your town, organize a student group to help the elderly, etc, etc, etc.... there are many ways one can do good.


Crap, I was gonna catch him on that. Well....owned!
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Originally posted by: ricarleite
Two words: Dogma 95


Its the only way to go!
For some reason, the "Hey, That's My Dinner" line has ALWAYS bothered me.
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Originally posted by: Coldon
Originally posted by: ricarleite
Two words: Dogma 95


Its the only way to go!


Yeah, unless, you know, you have a lamp for shooting, or have the camera resting on a table for a while. Or change your underware during filming. Or if you DON'T cast Bjork. That would make it, like, NOT Dogma 95 because some swedish or finish guy said so. The whole thing about Dogma 95 is more like a challenge, let's see if you can make a movie under this stupid rules.

Isn't Blair Witch Project a Dogma 95?
“Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.” — Nazi Reich Marshal Hermann Goering
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Basically it is an INCREDIBLY pretentious film "movement" that is based around a minamalist production.........

1)Filming must be done on location. Props and sets must not be brought in (if a particular prop is necessary for the story, a location must be chosen where this prop is to be
found).
2)The sound must never be produced apart from the images or vice versa. (Music must not be used unless it occurs where the scene is being filmed).
3)The camera must be hand-held. Any movement or immobility attainable in the hand is permitted. (The film must not take place where the camera is standing; filming must
take place where the action takes place.)
4) The film must be in colour. Special lighting is not acceptable. (If there is too little light for exposure the scene must be cut or a single lamp be attached to the camera).
5) Optical work and filters are forbidden.
6) The film must not contain superficial action. (Murders, weapons, etc. must not occur.)
7) Temporal and geographical alienation are forbidden. (That is to say that the film takes place here and now.)
8) Genre movies are not acceptable.
9) The final picture must be transferred to the Academy 35mm film, with an aspect ratio of 4:3, that is, not widescreen. (Originally, the requirement was that the film had to be
filmed on Academy 35mm film, but the rule was relaxed to allow low-budget productions.)
10)The director must not be credited.
For some reason, the "Hey, That's My Dinner" line has ALWAYS bothered me.
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I can understand the logic behind the rest of them, but why not credit the director?

There is no lingerie in space…

C3PX said: Gaffer is like that hot girl in high school that you think you have a chance with even though she is way out of your league because she is sweet and not a stuck up bitch who pretends you don’t exist… then one day you spot her making out with some skinny twerp, only on second glance you realize it is the goth girl who always sits in the back of class; at that moment it dawns on you why she is never seen hanging off the arm of any of the jocks… and you realize, damn, she really is unobtainable after all. Not that that is going to stop you from dreaming… Only in this case, Gaffer is actually a guy.

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By the way, all of the movies credited of being Dogma 95 did in fact break some of the "rules", so... What can I say...
“Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.” — Nazi Reich Marshal Hermann Goering