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Old October 2nd, 2009, 07:51 PM   #1
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Best filmmaking DVD course?

Good evening everyone,

I want to learn about filmmaking and I want to start with a DVD course. I did some research and found one with 25 DVD for under 500 dollars that supposed to be very good.

I was wondering if you can please suggest me another or another ones so I can compare and also if you know the one I am talking about.

Which filmmaking DVD course on the market is the best for you?

Thank you very much, I do really appreciate your recommendation!!

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Old October 2nd, 2009, 08:33 PM   #2
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If you learn from how-to DVDs, you'll simply be learning how that instructor would have done it, should he have succeeded in filmmaking. FWIW, the best way to hone your own style is to shoot and shoot often. Make music videos, shorts, documentaries, features...
As long as you are proud of each of them and then embarrassed by them later, you are on the right track.
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Old October 2nd, 2009, 11:57 PM   #3
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As long as you are proud of each of them and then embarrassed by them later, you are on the right track.
A very sage observation.

I think that if you take instructional videos as ONE way of doing something, and giving you a place to start your journey, they can be great helpers along the path just described. But just as you can't teach hands on activities solely by instruction but also by "hands on" doing, so too is the art of film making. As long as you understand that, your quest for GOOD instructional videos is a worthwhile one. That said, one set to teach the ENTIRE realm may be a bit much to expect, or desire.

Film making is a series of tasks and activities. Each one can be an education all in itself. Each has courses and instructional videos devoted to it. There are excellent ones on lighting, on sound, directing, scriptwriting and also on specific cameras etc... But a one set for everything? Not too sure. others may have some ideas. Not sure you'd want it.
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Old October 7th, 2009, 09:53 PM   #4
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If you learn from how-to DVDs, you'll simply be learning how that instructor would have done it, should he have succeeded in filmmaking. FWIW, the best way to hone your own style is to shoot and shoot often. Make music videos, shorts, documentaries, features...
As long as you are proud of each of them and then embarrassed by them later, you are on the right track.
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A very sage observation.

I think that if you take instructional videos as ONE way of doing something, and giving you a place to start your journey, they can be great helpers along the path just described. But just as you can't teach hands on activities solely by instruction but also by "hands on" doing, so too is the art of film making. As long as you understand that, your quest for GOOD instructional videos is a worthwhile one. That said, one set to teach the ENTIRE realm may be a bit much to expect, or desire.

Film making is a series of tasks and activities. Each one can be an education all in itself. Each has courses and instructional videos devoted to it. There are excellent ones on lighting, on sound, directing, scriptwriting and also on specific cameras etc... But a one set for everything? Not too sure. others may have some ideas. Not sure you'd want it.
Yes, each director has her or his way. But I've read many, many, MANY very good reviews about that DVD course. And it will give me some basics, since I am a level 1 beginner wanna be filmmaker.

I think I will just get it...

Thank you VERY much for you answers!!

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Old October 7th, 2009, 10:00 PM   #5
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Yes, each director has her or his way. But I've read many, many, MANY very good reviews about that DVD course. And it will give me some basics, since I am a level 1 beginner wanna be filmmaker.

I think I will just get it...

Thank you VERY much for you answers!!

Ben Tolosa
I'd offer to you for your consideration that making a film as an indie is a lot more than just directorial skills, (not to minimize their importance.)

We all certainly wish you well and hope you will share your ongoing experiences with us and feel free to come back and ask for specific help as and when you need it. This site has lots of folks happy to offer help in very area of film making.

All the best

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Old October 10th, 2009, 02:08 AM   #6
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An idea...

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I'd offer to you for your consideration that making a film as an indie is a lot more than just directorial skills, (not to minimize their importance.)

We all certainly wish you well and hope you will share your ongoing experiences with us and feel free to come back and ask for specific help as and when you need it. This site has lots of folks happy to offer help in very area of film making.

All the best

Chris
Hi Chris, I agree with you and I know that is a lot more than just directorial skills. Actually, I had an idea after I read you post. And I started a new blog called 'wannaben filmmaker' at blogspot. So, that way I can share my experience with the world.

I hope you like it if you take a look. It is brand new, so I only posted once.

Thank you very much and I am very happy I have the chance to read you all here at dvinfo!!

Peace,

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Old October 10th, 2009, 07:23 AM   #7
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If you learn from how-to DVDs, you'll simply be learning how that instructor would have done it, should he have succeeded in filmmaking. FWIW, the best way to hone your own style is to shoot and shoot often. Make music videos, shorts, documentaries, features...
As long as you are proud of each of them and then embarrassed by them later, you are on the right track.
I somewhat disagree. Of course you will be learning the instructor's way of doing things. However, that is true no matter who is your tutor. Also, that instructor knows more than you, the student. He never said it was the limit of his education.

The videos were good. I learned stuff from them, and from this forum, and from books and other videos too. My advice is to learn from every source you can.
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Old October 10th, 2009, 01:57 PM   #8
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For actual shooting, there's nothing that beats the DVD series by Hollywood Camera Work - Film Directing, Film School, Camera Blocking, Cinematography Highly recommended.
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Old October 12th, 2009, 01:25 AM   #9
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I somewhat disagree. Of course you will be learning the instructor's way of doing things. However, that is true no matter who is your tutor. Also, that instructor knows more than you, the student. He never said it was the limit of his education.

The videos were good. I learned stuff from them, and from this forum, and from books and other videos too. My advice is to learn from every source you can.
Thank you VERY much for your thought Paul. And you are right, it will not be the limit of my education at all. I know I can learn a lot from several different sources. This place is an important one for me.

I have also got recommended the following books:

The Guerrilla Film Makers Handbook (All New American Edition) by Genevieve Jolliffe and Chris Jones

Making Movies by Sidney Lumet

How I Made a Hundred Movies in Hollywood and Never Lost a Dime by Roger Corman

Rebel without a Crew by Robert Rodriguez

Digital Filmmaking 101: An Essential Guide to Producing Low-Budget Movie by Dale Newton Sr and John Gaspard

I am getting those videos shortly.

Thank you again for your input!!

Peace,

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Old October 12th, 2009, 01:26 AM   #10
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For actual shooting, there's nothing that beats the DVD series by Hollywood Camera Work - Film Directing, Film School, Camera Blocking, Cinematography Highly recommended.
Thanks Bill very much!! I will definitely consider them for future purchase (perhaps Santa brings them for me soon).

Have a nice week!!
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Old October 12th, 2009, 05:48 AM   #11
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Digital Juice has some good intro stuff, depending on what level you are working at. Look for their early stuff. Lately, they been posting mostly product promos.
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Old October 17th, 2009, 04:28 AM   #12
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Digital Juice has some good intro stuff, depending on what level you are working at. Look for their early stuff. Lately, they been posting mostly product promos.
Sweet, I will check their site and read as much as I can...

Thank you very much Jordan!!

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Old October 18th, 2009, 10:59 AM   #13
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Hey Ben,

The best way to learn is by doing. Get out there and make some stuff.

All the best.

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Old October 22nd, 2009, 07:56 PM   #14
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Hey Ben,

The best way to learn is by doing. Get out there and make some stuff.

All the best.

Andrew
Hi Andrew!!

Yes, I know. That is actually what I just started doing. I went to tape my house on the outside. I taped like a little tour on the outsides.

Really fun!!

I am writing my journey in blogspot. Wannabenfilmmaker

Thanks and all the best to you too!!

BTW, I have to DVD course ready to be watch on my living room... ^_^
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