What I’m Learning in Film School๐ŸŽฅ๐ŸŽญ๐ŸŽจ

Year 2 (Fall Semester) at Film school, as a Post-Production major. Here are some cool things I’m learning!

  • Digital Effects (Adobe After Effects, Photo Shop) – My first exercise ^^^^ was to do a simple 10 second animation in Adobe After Effects. I closed my eyes, and like Dan Akroyd in Ghostbusters, thought of the Stay Puf’t Marshmallow man ๐Ÿ˜† I’m probably most excited for this class, and I hope to learn and apply some new skills in my next montage here on this blog.
  • Avid Media Composer (The Hollywood Standard Video Editing Software) – While I am very excited to add this software to my editing repertoire, I have to say, that so far learning it has been a pain in the you-know-what. Different from Adobe Premiere and Apple Final Cut in subtle but very aggravating ways.
  • Sound For Film & Video (Avid Pro-Tools, Adobe Audition) – I was hoping this would be more post-production intensive. But its more of a sound theory, and capturing sound on set with microphones class. So far at least. Very interesting, don’t get me wrong. But less applicable to the projects I’m currently working on here (A Dark Night, Halloween montage) My instructor’s worked with Snoop Dogg, and John Fogerty!๐Ÿคฉ
  • Production 2 – Short Films. If not for COVID, I’d be IN THE TRENCHES writing, directing, acting. being on set for my classmates, etc. Pretty much doing everything involved with making movies. Very Hands-On. Prod 1 was extremely difficult. Since we cannot have face-face contact this semester because of the plague, we are focusing more on pre-production, story structure, and things like that.
  • Color Grading (Davinci Resolve)- Unfortunately, decided to drop this class because it was an elective, and I didn’t want to overwhelm myself this semester. But I’m studying color theory on my own, and I think it is just so fascinating. Today you can literally change colors in a scene, in post, with little more than a few clicks (Once you’ve mastered the art, of course). Technology is amazing.

Film school is very difficult at times. And is a lot of work Year 1 felt hellish. Filming. Learning how to use cameras, lights, sound equipment. Having to improv act in front of my classmates in ‘Understanding The Actor’s Process. Things that really threw me out of my comfort zone, and lead my final project to be title’d “Hello Darkness“)

But at the end of the day Film School really is a dream come true, and I feel very lucky to be attending, and studying my greatest passions.

Are you familiar with any of these topics I’m learning about? Video editing, sound, color, writing, acting, directing? What’s your speciality? What are you studying / learning about right now?

Thanks for reading, and stay safe.

E.F.

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  1. Iโ€™m totally not familiar with any of these techniques, but I love movies, and I appreciate even more all the effort that is made into creating them. I wish I could be attending filmschool myself, because really despite all the hard work, and the hellish aspects of this, it sounds absolutely amazing. I wish you all the best and good luck! And above all….keep chasing those dreams! ๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. It feels like learning magic – not easy but amazing when it works. You would love it, and you know so much about movies. I was just fortunate enough, the universe just kinda gave me this window of opportunity last summer. Was like, “Hey you wanna move across the country with your girlfriend? And attend a top 25 film school that’s somehow 1/4 the cost of the other ones? And try and turn what you love doing into a profession?” And I was like… Well… Yes. Yes I would like to do that ๐Ÿ™‚ And I packed up and drove cross country to Denver 2 weeks after receiving my acceptance letter. It was the ride of my life.

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  2. Hi there EF, believe it or not but I studied Performing Arts and Music Technology about 25 years ago at college. I hoped to be a studio producer (music) or a Lighting/Sound Tech for stage productions. However the course I was on struggled to retain it’s students and it was amalgamated with the college’s photography, film and classical music students. So I know a few bits and pieces. I learnt about lighting from the lead lighting/scenery design guy who worked on Phantom of the Opera’s first West End run in London. My music tech mentor was a Platinum disc winning record producer. I really need to update my skills and tools but the new Adobe Suite is a bit out of my price range (even if I used Adobe’s pay-as-you-go subscription online versions).
    The course eventually folded but I learnt how to use Steinberg Cubase music sequencer software and oh yes the cutting edge image effects processor….Piantbox ๐Ÿ˜

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    1. That is way cool that you studied performing arts and music technology. And I know you’ve mentioned bits of that before.

      Yeah the Adobe suite subscription is pretty expensive, but I’m using it so often now I don’t think twice about the cost anymore.

      Davinci Resolve is FREE. And, while I haven’t explored it yet, have heard great things from several of my instructor’s. People are pretty much saying its AS GOOD as Adobe Premiere, and has similar interface, and its free. Which is cool. Its the best color editing software available. But its also a video editor. So, if you ever want to expand your saber design demos to full video, maybe keep that one in mind. I don’t even know what all it can do yet.

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      1. Hi there, I will have to check Resolve out, however Blender has a rudimentary Video Sequence Editor built in and it’s capable of transitions, swipes, colour management…even Greenscreen. I say rudimentary because I haven’t explored all of it’s features due to not having a graphics card but I have delved into video production. You can see a couple of my “mini masterpieces” here:
        https://ftsabersite.wordpress.com/2020/06/20/ftx-wing-fighter-fit-for-my-500th/

        I don’t think Disney/Lucasfilm will be worried about my efforts and it won’t win at Cannes but it’s a start!

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      2. From my limited experience of it, it isn’t bad. As I mentioned it has the basics so you could easily knock up shorts or YT clips on it. The advantage for me though however is that I can render animations using the models I have made, add FX including lighting, smoke even explosions – all within one package. Blender even has Grease Pencil and 2D animation suite.
        A little fun fact – the intro nameplate animation for Marvel Studios that features the Marvel logo and comic book page graphics moving and flashing behind it was originally built in Blender!

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  3. That’s awesome that you’re attending film school and pursue your passion! I don’t know any of the things you’ve mentioned but would have loved learning about them too as I love films so much. ๐Ÿ˜„ There was even a time when I took on acting lessons and courses (mostly improve). Sadly life had different ideas.
    Glad you can live your dream though and wishing you all the best!

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    1. That’s way cool that you took on acting lessons! But scary. I drank before every acting class (last semester) I was so nervous๐Ÿฅด You have such a good outlet for your creativity, besides film, with your painting, knitting, drawing, baking, and more!

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      1. Aww, thanks! I loved acting, always have and always will. I always thought it was more exciting than scary, and as soon as I was on stage it was wonderful!
        I hope you’ll find a way to handle your stage fright other than with drink – maybe a bit yoga, breathing exercises would help? Or simply do more acting – it will become second nature after a while. ๐Ÿ˜‰
        Yes, luckily I’ve found other outlets for my creativity! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  4. That sounds quite fun. It’s been a while since I’ve been in college to do media related activities. I learned how to use Final Cut Pro back then and I use it for various video projects. That’s great how you made it to film school, but sorry to hear about COVID ruining short film plans.

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      1. Nice! Final Cut Pro is a great program. I guess it’s a de facto specialty with music videos, but I’ve worked on other projects though. I do want to make my own short films and some avant-garde stuff.

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    1. You know, it’s funny – I’m actually thriving in film school via the remote / online only format. I’m certainly in the vast minority here of my classmates who are mostly devastated. But, as post-production major, its given me a chance to spend more time learning editing software on my own. The timing was very fortunate for me. But I do feel really bad for my friends at school :/ Especially actors, directors, and cinematographers.

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      1. That’s good to know. Good on you for doing post-production work remotely. I would like to be more versed in both videography as well as the film critiquing aspects since I consider myself better in the latter and have a separate blog for those reviews.

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