Learning to Be a Filmmaker

There is somebody in my family who is studying to be a filmmaker. My 20 year old boy’s lifelong wish is to make movies. He has passion and commitment as well as a lot of natural talent. Regrettably, he is dyslexic and has never attended a traditional school, and the idea of having to attend a film school is making him anxious. However,, he is too fervent to give up thus he discovered another means of learning. 

He did what anyone with a desire  would do, he taught himself and became responsible for his on success. 

My boy had been home schooled since the second grade, and since discovering his dyslexia, we’d already started using alternate methods to teach him. We need to transform his home school into something more or less similar to a film school when he decided to study in order to become a filmmaker. We made a top quality camera and PC an outlay We converted movies into classes and read many books on moviemaking and storytelling aloud and we also talked about ideas for a film. As he examined movies and books about movies, my son was amazed at how many of his favorite directors had never been to (or completed) movie school – people like Christopher Nolan, Robert Rodriguez, and even Stephen Spielberg. He then thought that if they were able to do it then he is in a position of making it as well. 

But perhaps the most substantial part of his education in studying to be a filmmaker was actually in producing two short films. He used the tales in his head and composed a script. He used a storyboard for his screenplay and plotted the sequence of the shots, just like in the book. Friends and family became cast and crew, and on one event he even held a casting call at a local modeling school. He scouted for shooting locations and got the needed authorization to film there. He encountered the harsh reality of making a film when he made his first short film. But by the second short movie, he understood a lot more about what he was doing. He expected the unexpected (as much as possible), and took things in stride, thinking more on his toes and making changes on the fly when needed. On the location, he acted like a professional. 

Today, my son’s second short movie is entered in competition in film festivals around the nation, and is getting seen by people in the industry. He plans to use his short film as an introduction to people who might give him the support he needs for his first full-length movie he is currently working on. This is my son’s continuing journey of learning to be a filmmaker.

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