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Re-posting this in response to the numerous asks I’ve been getting from people wanting to get into film-making or considering film school. 

My free alternative to film school.

1. Watch all the interviews with Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino on Charlie Rose. These are all available for free online.

2. Read Truffaut’s book of interviews with Alfred Hitchcock. You can find this at most public libraries.

3. Watch all 26 hours of the special features on the extended editions of the Lord of the Rings DVDs. Anywhere that sells used DVDs sell them for next to nothing now.

4. Watch all the films of David Lean, Sergio Leone, and Stanley Kubrick. Watch them again, and pay attention to the framing and duration of every shot, and the moments they choose to cut.

5. Watch some silent films. Learn visual storytelling, and the difference between film acting and stage acting. Note the power of the close up, but also how sparsely they’re used. Watch a few films by Borzage, Murnau, and Chaplin’s darker stuff (City Lights, Modern Times). 

6. Play with a still camera. Try and frame a close up with a bunch of different lenses. Figure out how to isolate the character in the frame, and also how to make the shot more about the environment than the character. That’s basically cinematography. Make sure nothing extraneous is in the frame. Does that wall socket help the shot? Frame it out.

7. Observe the beautiful things that lighting in the natural world does. Remember them. There are two thing you need to consider when you’re framing a shot outside. 1. Where’s the horizon line? 2. Where is the character in relation to the sun? If it’s not working, change one of those two factors.

8. Watch an action scene with the sound off and note how fake it looks. Then watch it with the sound on and note how the timing and duration of each sound gives it weight and impact. 

9. Every single person has at least one interesting story to tell. Figure out what yours is. Don’t try and tell someone else’s. Try and tell the truth and don’t try to make something cool or stylish. Not yet. You won’t know how.

10. Fail for free. Make your first stuff for nothing. They won’t be what you want them to be, and it won’t be until you see them that you’ll realize why. Don’t make the same mistakes next time.

To quote Matt Damon in Good Will Hunting “You dropped a hundred and fifty grand on an education you could’ve got for a dollar fifty in late charges at the Public Library.” There is truth in this. Especially about film school.

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I don’t get the argument that people who watch nonwestern cinema are somehow pretentious? Specifically to people who are ethnically from nonwestern countries? Like the people who generally say that are white Americans to people who want to broaden their film watching experience or god forbid, connect to their home country that they’re disconnected from. How is that being elitist? I don’t know how my grandparents lived. I don’t know tangibly how my grandfather dealt in moving after the Partition of 1947. My parents never talk about how life was like when they lived and why they feel personally disillusioned and disconnected in many ways to where they grew up in India.

More so, why is it so off-putting to others on here to learn about other countries - their history, how they live, even how they make their tea. Stuff like that just is so engaging and interesting to me because it’s not like I will be able to just go to Kazakhstan or Bolivia or Malaysia on a whim as someone who is from America but does not necessarily have the means to do so.  Nobody even  cares to give a spotlight on these countries. The only time we generally see these countries through a western lens is using the countries and people as a backdrop and nothing more. 

Also do people not get that a lot of this cinema, especially Third Cinema, is meant as a form of resistance? How are you upset that an entire movement is there because it questions colonialism, imperialism, white supremacy, etc,. things that are still largely accepted globally. The British Museum still stands even though it’s one of the largest lasting legacies of the British Empire  Being into nonwestern cinema isn’t a niche thing, although it can be when it’s in the hands of white westerners but largely it’s about tokenizing and find ‘cred’ in a few nonwestern directors. I’m not being different on purpose to be above others. I am treated as different outside of my control for a lot more and my difference is seen as inferior and will always be so. Don’t think for a second that I am doing this as a facade for cred - it’s insulting and demeaning and unneeded.

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About the Event

For the first time ever, Riverside City College brings a horror film festival to town. “A Monstrous Film Festival of Horror” splatters the screen with buckets of cinematic gore on October 12th, 2013. The festival promises to deliver a gruesome bevy of terrifying, and sometimeshilarious delights. A body of original short films produced by student filmmakers will be showcased and their tales will be immortalized on the silver screen. So prepare yourself for a night of spinechilling experiences.

The festival will feature special guest Ron Chaney and his traveling exhibition of classic horror memorabilia. Come and enjoy a showcase of art, costumes and regalia from the private collection of both Lon Chaney Sr. and Lon Chaney Jr., legendary horror film actors. Their careers have collectively spanned over 100 years, with notable roles like the Phantom, Quasimodo, the Wolf Man,  Frankenstein, and the Mummy.

About the RCC Film and Television Program

The RCC Film and Television program trains students for careers in the film and television industry. According to director Bud Tedesco, “The most important thing is that we want to turn out students who can be employed”. One alumnus of the program is Clayton Sandell, who now works as a reporter for ABC News, Los Angeles. There are many other students who are now working in television production for networks such as MTV and KCET. Many graduates of the program have gone on to film schools such as USC, Chapman, UCLA, Northridge and Fullerton. The RCC Film and Television program has provided the most comprehensive training for it’s students, allowing them the ability to advance rapidly in the industry.

Next Saturday October 12 is our Monstrous Film Festival of Horror! My peeps at the film program have worked long and hard to make this an enjoyable experience, so if you’re in the Inland Empire (or heck even the LA area!) come check us out!

Tickets are $8.50. But if you buy now, you can get a special discount and pay only half price! $4.25 is hella cheap. Discount is for a limited time only, so hurry up and buy! 

Silvia Pinal y Joaquin Cordero en La dulce enemiga (dir. Tito Davison , 1957)

En una escena increíble .

Frames from Pueblerina directed by Emilio Fernández and photographed by Gabriel Figueroa.

Cinematography by Gabriel Figueroa.

Frames from many of his films, including Pueblerina, La Malquerida, Nuevo Amanecer, Salón México, La Perla, and Río Escondido.