Posted by Michael Raben at spider-tr013.proxy.aol.com on August 06, 2001 at 14:44:49:
In Reply to: Question for Kevin and/or Vincent... posted by Berethrof on August 06, 2001 at 09:15:32:
: do you recommend going to film school in order to make a film, or do you think one can read up on material or just jump into the bandwagon and start from scratch and nothing?
The answer you're looking for really depends on the type of person you are. Some learn best in a very structured and paced-out environment; others can just read up and experiment. You figure out what's best for you. An important factor to consider is WHERE your money is being spent - is it going to a film degreee (which, to be quite honest, doesn't guarantee you ANYTHING) or is it going towards a project that you can show around? That's just something to think about.
: As a debut film, do you recommend writing it as well as directing it? Or get a friend's good screenplay and direct it?
Makes no difference, as long as the story is good. With a tight story and interesting characters, it doesn't matter who wrote it. As a director on a low-budget indie, it's your job to give the story a visual life without spending too much money in the process. The script does come first though; if your script sucks, you're in trouble.
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