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Every year, thousands of people head off to school to learn how
to make movies. But how many of them actually get to make an actual movie,
one that plays in a theater near you?
Indie-movie success story Kevin Smith dropped out of film school.
Smith believes that learning about filmmaking on your own - actually doing
it - is the best way to become successful. We here at MinerWerks tend to
Sure, the success stories of the seventies - Spielberg, Lucas,
Coppola - came from film schools, but the climate has changed. The age of
the entrepreneur has opened doors for young filmmakers. Robert Rodriquez,
Quentin Tarantino, Kevin Smith, those Blair Witch guys - these are our heroes.
Heroes of the Movie Geeks.
What qualities define movie geeks? First, it's important to
distinguish a "movie" geek from a "film" geek. More serious filmmakers will
point out that most "product" that fills multiplexes falls under the banner
of "movies" rather than "films." The second category is reserved for those
works which aspire to treat film as an art.
A "movie" geek can also be a "film" geek, but a "film" geek
is not necessarily a "movie" geek. Get it?
We do not intend to suggest that one kind of movie lover is
better than another - they do coexist. We just want to make some distinctions
Some things that might identify a movie geek
Geek reference materials:
- A movie geek will quote movies - "Movie" geeks might quote
something like Caddyshack, Star Wars, or Mallrats.
"Film" geeks might quote Hal Hartley movies, Blue Velvet, or She's
Gotta Have It. In between, almost any kind of movie geek might quote
Clerks or Pulp Fiction.
- A movie geek finds ways to get into free movies - Some
areas have free movie screenings for area critics and media. Sometimes, these
screenings are filled with regular moviegoers, to give the critics an opportunity
to see the movie with an audience. Movie geeks know how to get to these
screenings. See the section below for tips on how to get in to free movies.
- A movie geek owns a lot of videos - Not just a couple shelves
of tapes, but a whole bookcase, or even cabinets full. Buying a video as
a gift for a movie geek is almost always a good thing.
- Movie geeks decorate their homes with movie memoribilia
- Most movie geeks at least have a movie poster. Some even frame
their posters. And some, the lucky ones, get to fill their homes with actual
props or items used in making a movie.
- Movie geeks populate their home with special video equipment
- Many average consumers are starting to buy home theater equipment, but
Hi-Fi VCRs, Dolby Pro-Logic receivers, LaserDisc players and other high-end
video toys have been in the homes of movie geeks for several years now.
- Movie geeks make movies - In the hands of a movie geek,
a video camera escapes it's hellish fate to forever record family holidays
and minor sports events. In some rare cases, like The Blair Witch Project
, a video camera becomes a whole new filmmaking tool.
The essential Movie Geek library
Film school on a disc
How to get into free movies