I’ve been in the Video Business for over 30 years. I’ve been a Filmmaker for 25 more than that. I’ve owned The Studio Center for nearly 21 years now. It would be very easy for me to say “So Long” and just do my own projects. I don’t need the money (thankfully). So why did I bother to start another thing called The Studio Center Film School?
It’s all about the “Passion” of Filmmaking. I’ve learned a lot in these past decades… and I enjoy talking about it. And some seem to enjoy listening to what I have to say.
( PS… Some don’t. I think they don’t like it when I paint a less-than rosy picture of some things.)
To me, Filmmaking is nearly a sacred calling… or can be. The power of a motion picture can be just that… powerful. Sometimes more powerful than the printed word. The presentation of the images and sounds goes directly to our conscious and subconscious mind. We don’t have to translate printed words into images… They’re right there on the screen.
Not to say all filmmaking is heavy philosophy laden stuff. It rarely is… but it has the potential to be. That’s what can make one creatively stretch… Or not. In actuality, most movie making is really just for fun… and that’s cool too.
It’s a way to express oneself creatively, and do it with a bunch of your friends. Some of my best times have been while making a movie.
Of course, we know movie making is usually not something you can do all by yourself, although I really don’t think that’s a true statement anymore. But it is generally accepted that movie making is a “collaborative” art… meaning, a bunch of people are usually involved in putting a film together.
The biggest question is how do you start? Talking about that was my primary motive for starting TSC Film School. I think I can help explore that question with some “been there, done that” experience.
This is like starting a Painting class or a Photography class. At a point, you will be confident in saying “I can do this. This is going to be great fun. This will allow me to stretch my creative wings. This is something not everyone can do.”