10 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me in Film School

Professors teach you knowledge about your field – and that’s a huge challenge, which is why they don’t often have time to teach about the relational issues of your field. Here’s a handful of practical issues that I’ve learned over the years on TV and film sets around the world. Had I known them in college, it might have changed the direction of my career. Let me know what you think of this list:

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Stop Calling Creative Work “Content”

I hosted a national conference a few years ago, and interviewed actor Sean Astin from the stage. You’ll remember Sean as Samwise in the “Lord of the Rings,” Mikey in “The Goonies,” and the title character of the film “Rudy.” I interviewed Sean from the conference stage, and as we talked about the world of digital media, I made the big mistake of

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Trends for 2016 That Worry The Film Industry

All is never completely well in Hollywood. In a world where technology is re-defining how we engage entertainment and media, you can never sit on your laurels – even if those laurels include movies like The Avengers or Star Wars. The truth is, there are things that keep studio executives up at night, and Variety Magazine pointed out five of the most troubling. Here’s their take:

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5 Professional Tips for Filming with Drones

Camera drones are all the rage, and we’re seeing them everywhere – like the snow ski run above.  But a great number of young filmmakers are using them without any experience whatsoever.  Not only does that end up with bad results, but with a drone, you can end up in jail!  So I asked John Montana, from No Title Production Films to give us a few tips on using drones.  Here’s what John suggested:

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Is Hollywood Anti-Christian?

I get asked (usually from Christian media) if I believe Hollywood is anti-Christian. I understand the question, because it’s pretty easy to see that Judeo-Christian values aren’t exactly the hot button these days in the movie and television industries. And yet, to make a blanket statement that Hollywood is the enemy is a big mistake. Recently, I discussed the issue with a major Christian media site, and here’s what I told them. I’d love to hear your comments about my answers:

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For Teenagers, “Digital” Celebrities are the Most Influential

Hollywood’s Variety Magazine reports that the most influential celebrities for teenagers are now YouTube stars. In fact, when it comes to their “Q” score, YouTube stars have far more impact on teenagers than major names like Taylor Swift or Johnny Depp. In the Variety list, the only mainstream TV, music, or movie stars to crack the top ten were Bruno Mars and Taylor Swift. And the top six positions?

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Noah: Has Anyone Changed Their Mind About the Movie?

Remember the movie “Noah?” When it came out 16 months ago, I wrote a blog post about the fact that even though it wasn’t the Biblical story, Christians should see it. After all, hundreds of thousands of others would see it, and why not invite a non-believer to the movie, and then take them out for coffee and share the real story? I’d been on the set and met the filmmakers, then wrote the post.  But more than 1,000 responses later (on the blog and my social media sites), I realized

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