ARNON'S FILM SCHOOL
Cinema Education Resources
One of the things I most enjoy (aside from my creative work) is teaching what I know to others. I've been fortunate to teach middle-school, high school and college-level film and video classes, and to create educational content for one of the industry's premier film education brands.
If you are a film student or otherwise interested in expanding your media knowledge, please feel free to learn from anything here.
VIDEOS ON FILM & FILMMAKING
Video Essays, Interviews & Other Resources
Arnon Z. Shorr on Films and Filmmaking
Steven Spielberg Directing Style Explained [Point of Thought]
How to Achieve a Cinematic Film Look [Sidney Lumet Making Movies]
How to Create a Shooting Schedule Using Stripboards
Aspect Ratios in Film: How to Choose The Most Cinematic Aspect Ratio #aspectratio
Some of my articles for StudioBinder were compiled into these free e-books.
A FILMMAKER'S GUIDE TO SCRIPT BREAKDOWNS
Learn how to create script breakdowns, categorize elements, and generate production reports.
Understand script breakdowns, and see 20+ examples from feature films
Learn how to categorize script elements, from cast to props
How to turn your script breakdowns into a shooting schedule
How script breakdowns can keep your production on track and on budget
A FILMMAKER'S GUIDE TO SHOOTING SCHEDULES
Understand the fundamentals of creating a shooting schedule from start to finish.
Learn how to use stripboards to create an effective shooting schedule and save time in the long-run
Block out film locations more efficiently to make the most of your crew's time
Eliminate dead time and maximize your crew's time by learning pro shooting schedule strategies
Streamline your production process by using film shooting schedule software
STUDIOBINDER BLOG ARTICLES
I wrote these blog articles over several years for StudioBinder.com.
HOW TO PRODUCE A MOVIE: THE PRE-PRODUCTION PROCESS EXPLAINED
"A strong foundation is the key to a successful film shoot. But the pre production process is not a straight path.
You’ll have to do many things at once.
How can you set the tone for your shoot amid all the juggling?
That’s where we come in. This post breaks down each of those steps, to help you better visualize your own pre production process."
MAKING A SHORT FILM: PRE PRODUCTION WORKFLOW STEP-BY-STEP
"You’ve got some money in the bank, some time on your calendar, and a great short film idea to produce. You’re ready to start making a short film. Now what?"
HOW TO MAKE A SHORT FILM: 3 PROVEN STEPS TO MASTER PRE PRODUCTION
"So you’re financed and ready for pre production. But with so many steps in the film production cycle (casting, shot listing, insurance), how do you get organized? Where do you start? Never fear. Pre production is a linear process. You just need to check off the boxes in the right order."
SHOOTING SCHEDULE PRO TIPS FOR A 10-PAGE SHOOT DAY
"Today, I’m going to show you how to schedule a ten-page shoot if you’re looking to maximize your budget constraints. Shooting ten pages in a day is a worst-case scenario, but sometimes those worst-case scenarios can happen on your production. When they do, your shooting schedule needs to be very precise and prepared."
CROWDFUNDING MOVIES: HOW I RAISED $18,617 IN SHORT FILM FUNDING
"Most filmmakers I know have tried and failed at crowdfunding. I failed, too, on my first attempt. But every time I researched shot film funding, crowdfunding was one of the first recommendations. It has become a ubiquitous film funding technique."
FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY ON A SHORT FILM (WITH FREE PETTY CASH TEMPLATE)
"If you want to know how to make a successful short film, stop and consider a few words on fiscal responsibility. Even if you have an award winning short film script, and a short film budget some features would drool over, you could see it all fall apart. This is why knowing about every financial aspect of your short film is key."
15 PRO TIPS TO CREATE A MORE ENCOURAGING PRODUCTION SCHEDULE
"Let’s face it, shooting schedules can be super complicated. Who’s available when? How do we shoot the most expensive elements? It’s easy to forget that a production schedule is as much a psychological tool as it is a logistical one. Here’s how to make a schedule for your shoot that will increase the productivity and positivity of your team."