1. In this video, Oscar nominee Wim Wenders (Wings of Desire; The Million Dollar Hotel; Paris, Texas) talks about how his 15 years of teaching filmmakers has taught him that students learn more from each other than from their professors. He talks about how the filmmaking process changes preconceived notions and how understanding what one is good at is crucial to good career choices.

    0:00 – Finding allies; to be caught in your own vision is dangerous

    00:59 – Students learn more from each other than they learn from teachers

    1:15 – The look of the film is changed by the act of shooting it

    2:06 – How to choose a DP – the eyes must be connected to the heart

    3:05 – Understand what you are good at

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  2. In this video interview, director Oscar-winning writer-director Alexander Payne (Election, Sideways, The Descendants, Nebraska) reveals his attitudes towards hiring collaborators, managing the filmmaking lifestyle, and technological evolution. Payne’s valuable insights include how the success of his collaborative relationships grows out of the quality of the questions filmmakers ask one another.

    0:00 – Choosing a cinematographer

    2:14 – It’s like casting

    2:55 – A DP’s work is different with different directors

    3:18 – What a director wants in collaboration

    4:29 – What are looking for from the people you hire – craft, artistry, the ability to get along

    5:15 – The quality of the questions we ask each other

    6:34 – Managing your career from a financial standpoint; low overhead

    8:08 – Personal relationships

    9:14 – Technology – the director’s job is not changed

    11:39 – Technology, editing and post, and the human brain

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  3. Producer Ron Yerxa, known for Little Miss Sunshine, Cold Mountain, Little Children, The Ice Harvest, and the Wilco documentary I Am Trying to Break Your Heart, shared an Oscar nomination for best picture on Nebraska. In this interview, Yerxa recalls what led him to the filmmaking field, and reveals what he looks for in fellow filmmakers. The list begins with intellectual curiosity for pursuits outside of filmmaking. In a script, he’s looking for meaning subtly folded into comedy. His advice: Live a full life.

    0:00 – Ron’s path to filmmaking, starting in the ‘60s as a high school teacher

    1:45 – More important than film school: intellectual curiosity, knowledge in a related

    field, common sense

    2:45 – What do you look for in a DP?

    4:38 – What inspires you in a script or project? Exuberance, contradictions in the

    culture, meaning in comedy

    5:45 – Visuals are subservient to the story

    6:21 – The decision to go black and white on Nebraska, from the producer’s perspective

    7:50 – Work-life balance – “My work is not a hardship”

    8:42 – Black and white films that inspired

    9:30 – Advice for up-and-coming filmmaking – “Live a full life.”

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  4. In this video, three old friends – Janusz Kamiński, Wally Pfister, ASC and Phedon Papamichael, ASC – look back on their early careers together with an eye to distilling crucial lessons for today’s aspiring filmmakers. These master filmmakers recall the mindset and choices that put them on their paths to success, individually and as friends, sharing hard-won nuggets of knowledge and inspiration gathered along the way. What is the connection between Roger Corman quickies and the cinematic art of The Diving Bell & the Butterfly? How did this trio of talented cinematographers with disparate backgrounds connect with each other? And what is their invaluable advice for those starting out? Find out – and find inspiration – here.

    00:10 – Discovering a passion.

    6:25 – A sense of poetic visual storytelling.

    9:15 – Artistic sensibility versus commercial drive.

    10:50 – Substance vs slickness in student films.

    12:18 – The difference between American and European aesthetics.

    12:45 – Being smaller is not necessarily a disadvantage.

    18:30 – Variations in the development of young filmmakers. The importance of a rebellious spirit.

    19:45 – Finding work; the importance making sacrifices.

    26:45 – Don’t get cornered by your lifestyle. The freedom to make choices.

    28:55 – The filmmaking lifestyle – its attractions and consequences.

    30:18 – Doing great work is not enough. Competition and the relentless pursuit of work.

    35:30 – Connections and breakthroughs. The importance of finding like-minded allies.

    38:11 – Working for Roger Corman: The birth and refinement of style. Bad stories, good cinematography.

    44:32 – The connection between Roger Corman and The Diving Bell & the Butterfly.

    46:51 – Fill your hard drive. Push boundaries.

    48:20 – Storaro and Apocalypse Now.

    49:33 – How an indie background helps on the big films. The importance of resourcefulness.

    51:20 – Cinematography is a way of life. Observing and recreating. Know what you like and why you like it.

    53:03 – Face your fears. Take risks.

    54:45 – How to connect with and understand your collaborators.

    59:13 – Pursue your passion.

    1:00:48 – Fill yourself with knowledge and inspiration you can tap into. Throw yourself into situations.

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  5. In this video, master filmmakers discuss what to consider when making career choices. Using examples from their own experience, they offer sage advice on choosing the right projects, avoiding career dead ends and pigeonholes, and maintaining the ability to choose projects for the right reasons. Other topics include how to find and manage an agent, and how to make your talent stand out in the crowd.

    00:30 – Maintaining the freedom to choose good projects and good collaborators

    2:33 – Taking a step back to avoid getting pigeonholed; reinvention

    4:40 – The conflict between projects you want to do and projects you need to do

    7:15 – Understanding how people see your resume; taking risks

    8:30 – JK: Behind the decision to shoot The Diving Bell & the Butterfly

    9:45 – Sometimes your choices are driven by the realities of your life

    10:37 – How to think about scripts; finding a balance

    13:51 – Bringing cinematic visual language to a more commercial project

    14:37 – WP: Behind the decision to shoot Moneyball

    17:47 – The script is the essence

    18:42 – DPs, comedy and visual style

    19:47 – Advice on finding and working with an agent; what to expect

    29:50 – Advice on joining the union; changes in the indy, nonunion world

    31:58 – Advantages of a strong union

    34:00 – Should I do television? Is there a stigma? What about commercials?

    36:10 – Television as a launching pad for studio work

    41:08 – Bring passion to whatever you do; find a way to go beyond what’s expected

    42:15 – Breaking into commercial work; agencies, directors, creativity and control

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