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Learning filmmaking backwards

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“Cinematic production is traditionally a linear progressive process – From script, to storyboard, to shoot, to edit to sound mix to delivery. Subsequently, more often than not, we teach cinematic production following the same linear progression. But is this really the best or most effective way to teach filmmaking?” – Mike Jones

I asked the same question when I started to teach filmmaking and editing in various institutions. I did a small experimentation of reversing the order in one of my class and I was rather happy with the result. It seems more logical for one to understand how the footage will turn out at the editing stage before they go out to shoot or before they learn how to write a visual script. Screenwriting is a skill different from other forms of story telling (in writing). It requires the writer to visualized actions on paper. It will be even better if every craftsman in filmmaking (writer, director, cinematographer or even producer) have a better understanding on the aesthetic of film editing. Better films will be made.

Read the full article from Mike Jones here.

Mike Jones [.tv] is a treasure trove of information on art and technology of media understanding

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2 thoughts on “Learning filmmaking backwards

  1. Iam an editor and I agree 1000%. As it is now, a lot of time time, money & energy is waisted in each phase of the process trying to deal with problems created in the previous phase.

  2. yes, it is a little disappointing whenever people brush it off easily that everything can be fixed at post. when every department understand the crafts well, there will be more respect for each process. 🙂

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