If you have, or know, kids — well, you know it’s that time of year…back to school! Being parents, we feel it’s only right to celebrate the spirit of education we feel filling our household. So, we’re sharing our favorite 2017 resources for learning and improving filmmaking skills. We have a wide range of resources for you…the same ones we use every day. You’ll get the methods we use to put these resources to work on our own TV shows and films. Plus, a few Joke and Biagio insights you won’t find anywhere else. Let’s get learning!
You Can Never Stop Learning
Sure, easy to say. But once you get busy (say, start a production company, make a bunch of TV shows, and add two kids) it gets difficult.
You might be tempted to tell yourself that you don’t have the time. Life is busy, the job all consuming. As two working TV and film producers, we can tell you it’s easy to fall into that trap.
Thing is, in every business, everything evolves. TV and film even more so.
Production companies and filmmakers have a lot to keep up with:
- What’s changing
- What’s possible
- Where the business is heading
- How to adapt and change as the world does
- How to add value to their skill set and open new opportunities
What if you don’t do these things? You’ll become the old guard, soon replaced by the new.
So carving out time to learn and grow isn’t just about self improvement. It’s about survival in the entertainment business.
Your Favorite Resources?
Today we share some of our favorite and most visited resources. No doubt we’ll miss many you love. Tweet us @JokeAndBiagio if there’s some more we should consider listing. We’ll embed some of the best tweets in this post.
What We’ve Got For You…
Just some of what we cover today:
- Expanding your filmmaking skills
- Sites we use for hands-on learning
- Stealing like an artist
- Sources and remixing
- Watching TV as both audience member and professional
- The recent TV series that’s inspiring our work
- How to build good, appropriate, and current taste
- The tool that inspires our mood boards
- An incredible resource to help you brainstorm shots and framing
- The brand new “top secret” Hollywood newsletter we can’t get enough of
- And…Biagio shares his most surprising secret!
Your continued success in the entertainment industry is directly related to your continued improvement as a filmmaker.
Press that giant PLAY button for some great resources, inspriation, and practical advice to help you keep evolving and succeeding.
Helpful and Related Links
- Joke and Biagio on Pinterest follow us, but be sure to follow who we’re following –
- Evan E. Richards – This blog is a reference site for cinematographers, matte painters, artists, photographers and filmmakers. It posts a still frame of every single shot of popular films. A great way to see how directors think about framing and transitions between shots.
- Art of the Title – go-to for understanding the breadth, depth, and history of title design for film and TV. Incredible resource, and will get your head around appropriate taste for elevated fare.
- Wine After Coffee Vimeo Channel Curated by 30 moderators and animators. Great way to see a wide variety of top-notch motion design.
- Ankler Newsletter – insider’s perspectives on the industry, still in Beta, not many people know about it. It’s interesting and snarky, but there’s amazing insider info there. The taglind: “Giving Hollywood the business, every morning.”
- Short of the Week – this is a great curated site of cutting edge short films in all genres, terrific to expose yourself to many different storytelling and visual influences. Here’s the documentary section – great stuff.
- A very funny one…Jon Collins has a blog with a column called, If Famous Movies Got A Round Of Reality TV Network Notes. Hilarious take on how great movies would be ruined by lowest-common-denominator notes. You didn’t hear it from us, but…it’s painfully accurate in some cases. (We love our network execs, FYI. Luckily, we’ve only been a victim of these kinds of notes a few times in our career.)
- We love the School of Motion site, both free and paid resources to up your design skills.
- Video Co-Pilot and Film Riot – two great places to see funny filmmaking tutorials, and then adapt them for your serious filmmaking.
- Follow us on Twitter: @JokeAndBiagio – we’re around often and try to respond to most tweets.
Let’s Make Some TV Together
Trying to break into unscripted television, reality TV, documentary series, or true crime? Want to pitch to our company? Here’s what you should do next:
Read our in-depth page about how to pitch us a show. It also talks about what it’s really like to work in our business, the unscripted TV and film industry.