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    Blow-Up, L'avventura, Elephant, A Man Escaped, Au Hasard Balthazar, The Son, Once Upon a Time in the West, Birth, Interiors, Cries & Whispers, Late Spring, Late Autumn, The Decalogue, Throne of Blood, Stroszek, Chariots of Fire, Ordinary People, North by Northwest, Rear Window, Mulholland Drive, Bubble, Sex Lies & Videotape...
  1. Lots of wisdom by Darren H! I concur with most of his points, if not all. As an "emerging" filmmaking living in LA (coincidentially my hometown), I see wide-eyed folks making the pilgrimage here all the time, wanting to "make movies." Half, if not more, of them have attended film school somewhere (programs seem to be popping up all over the country). In the end, and this is based on a whole lot of conversations, the absolute best thing film school provides is connections! Many film school grads end up working with their colleagues, and, maybe, alumni. Other than that, a film school education is no more valuable than, if not less valuable, than actually making films. The problem many film students face is the bursting bubble, i.e., they make films in the comfort and supportive environment of school (the bubble), but when they graduate (the burst), they are left on their own, without equipment, peers and due dates to empower them. As a result, they end up doing very little. Most write a script that never gets made. Unfortunately, most films schools teach big production methods, including writing big production scripts, but that's not helpful in the real work of indie film, where you cannot make a big production film right out of film school (who's going to fund it?). So many students end up frustrated, lost and fizzle away... But, if your friend's kids are hellbent of going to film school, I would suggest they find one where there is no graduate program in film. Why? Because graduate programs often trump undergrads; most resources and teacher attention goes there. But if there is no grad school in film, then all attention is given to juniors and seniors!!! If I was to go to film school, I would go to Bard College for one primary reason: Kelly Reichardt teaches there!!! http://www.bard.edu/academics/faculty/faculty.php?action=details&id=2155 Again, what's most important to me is being the focus of attention, having plenty of opportunity and a killer faculty that actually makes films, rather than folks that have a couple obscure credits on IMDb. Personally, I concur with Darren that another major, such as English, would be better, then, get an MFA in film! Not only are you the cream of the crop as an MFA student, but you can also teach and write books with an MFA. (Wish I did that...)
  2. Sounds good, Jeremy. The best thing you can do is to stay engaged in the creative process and continually WORK!!! Other people's opinions are relative to who they are and how good they are at giving opinions. In the meantime, check out this video; it's amazing: http://designtaxi.com/news/351687/Ira-Glass-On-Creativity-Told-In-Kinetic-Typography/
  3. Thank you for sharing, Jeremy. Very good work! I sure hope you continue to produce such work and refine your style. Something within you has connected with Malick's style, so you can take it and slowly make it your own through lots of work.
  4. Gosh, I really don't know. Unfortunately I'm not too familiar with the festival scene out here. If you were interested in creating your own screening, there are a ton of places in LA that vary in size, style and price. Regarding festivals, I'm just not sure, especially with the strong religious nature of your film, though secular fests may really be into that - who knows? It's ironic, but we really don't have really cool fests here in LA. The LA fest is the most reputable, which is in the summer. Personally, I feel like your film could be embraced by large churches out here, who might want you to screen it as a special event for their congregation. But then again, that might be true at any large church in any town.... cB
  5. Fantastic. Congratulations. I love the art opening idea in conjunction with the film. Once again, let me know when its in LA!!! Christopher
  6. Congratulations! That's wonderful. Hope it comes to LA!
  7. Nate, I just visited your SITE and the cleaner homepage looks fantastic! There is no other choice but to watch the trailer, and that's what you want! Great work! BTW, not sure if you know, but you can increase the player size too! Did you know that? Look here. You can see how large I made the Vimeo players for my films on my blog HERE. It looks like for your template you can go as wide as 800 pixels or something.... cB
  8. For sure - anytime. Blessings to you and your film!!! cB
  9. Nice, Nate! Glad I was helpful. A couple other options you might have are these: - Eliminate "Home" as the title on your Home page and leave it blank, so the word "Home" does not appear on your front page. This is simply a stylistic choice for a cleaner looking front page. - Also, though I'm not sure your template allows this, while editing your "Home" page, look for the "Page Attributes" box and choose Template > Full width. This will eliminate the sidebar on your new Home/Front page. But, again, I'm not sure your template will allow this. - Finally, since clicking on your header image directs the site to the front page, it's not necessary to have a "Home" link in your menu, which you can change in your Menu Settings. Again, this is simply a stylistic choice. - Actually, one last thing. I highly recommend a "Contact Page" or form somewhere on your site. Here's the support link. As you can see on my site, I've got the contact form at the bottom of each page in the widgets area. However, you can create a "Contact" page and add that page in your menu! Peace, cB
  10. Hi, Nate. Great trailer! And excellent blog. As you may know, I've been doing the same with my film, Girlfriend 19, i.e., tracking the progress via blog. I'm very excited to watch your film when I get the chance. I subscribed to your blog via email too. As a fellow WordPress user, I've got some ideas for you that I think you may like. Basically, since you're trailer is done and is so AWESOME!!!, I would create a home PAGE with a brief intro and the trailer. Then I would create a "Blog" page where your blog feeds are posted. So people going to your site will see the trailer on a clean page and the "Blog" page will be a menu item they can click through to, in addition to your About page. Just an idea. And I love your choice of Template, BTW - great pick. You really are doing a great job! As a filmmaker doing most everything myself, I fully appreciate your efforts. Please let me know if you have any questions: followmyfilm@gmail.com -Christopher
  11. Great to meet you, Mark. I checked out your website and I love the mission of your ministry. Us artists need support!!! And thank you so much for checking out my blog. It's been a real labor of love and I'm still trying to figure out how to do it correctly. Blessings, cB
  12. Thanks for the forum heads up, Peter! I actually asked Ebert via Tweet today - any chance he'll respond?
  13. Hello Folks, Anyone know if Rogert Ebert has commented on the A&F Top 100 Films? Thanks, cB ***Currently going through The Decalogue, btw...
  14. Nice to meet you too, Nate! Watched your trailer - great work!!! "White Harley Davidson" - LOVE THAT!!! And congratulations regarding your successful campaign - that's wonderful.... Me? I'm getting my butt handed to me big time! LOL I've got two weeks left (halfway through) and I've raised less than 10% of my goal. However, I did have an anonymous donor offer a $2,500 match-fund over the course of the next week, so that is huge! Your project looks great and I'm excited for you. Please keep me in-touch and I look forward to watching your film... Blessings, Christopher Thom, Great to meet you and so darn nice to meet another Transcendental Style fan!!! We really are rare! The last section that discusses "religious" films is so incredibly poignant and relevant to "Christian" films today. If you get a chance, please send me a message on here and tell me more about your documentaries. Believe, I would LOVE to connect with another filmmaker who appreciate Schrader's book. And, yes, it was absolutely amazing to hear back from Paul Schrader after he watched my film. BTW, I am entertaining the thought of writing a feature based on the style.... Blessings, Christopher
  15. Encouraged by the Top 100 list, I watched Ordet for the first time yesterday. Just thought I'd share, and amazing thoughts regarding Ordet throughout this thread, BTW, especially the Danish Theological background!!! SPOILER Perhaps having known of the miraculous ending, I was not greatly moved by it in comparison to the ending of A Man Escaped or Au Hasard Balthazar. To me, the "greater" miracle in Ordet is Peter the Tailor's conviction and decision. First, his conviction arose from scripture, which he quotes, "If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also." Second, his loving action is exactly that - his action. In other words, if Peter the Tailor can do it, we can undoubtedly do what he did, i.e., overcome pride and do the loving thing. Whereas John's miracle is questionably attributed to his divine interruption. Third, Peter chose not to go to church (religiosity) and, rather, immediately went to do what is right - love was prioritized over religion. Fourth, his action meant tremendous self-sacrifice: his own pride, humiliation, and the domestic "loss" of a daughter. Finally, Peter handing over his daughter was a phenomenal blessing to the three broken men. Structurally speaking, I never saw Peter's final decision coming, so it blew me away and convicted me. Additionally, in light of David Griffith's reference to Flannery O'Connor, Peter was set-up grotesquely, which made his conversion that much more transformational and "miraculous." I really hate to say this, but I feel Peter's miracle was diminished and upstaged by the more on-the-nose, "spiritual" miracle. What if Inger did remain dead and Anne remained center stage as God's saving grace through a sane man's act of love? Rather, Anne was escorted to the corner with her sheepish fiance so the "divine, ostracized, antihero" John (the Baptist?) could take center stage (with a child, no less) and perform the "true" miracle. -Christopher