Question Time VIII – Background in Film

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Today’s Question Time comes from my good friend John Lincoln. Partly because I’m away on a weekend vacation, but also because he came to me with a suggestion and I felt it would be worthy of asking all you beautiful readers.

It is a slightly more complex and in-depth question than you normally find on this series, and I hope some of you will answer. Mainly because John is putting together an article, and this is supposed to try and help him delve into the minds of film fans. If this is the first time no one comments then I look like a poor host! So please, give it a read and help John (and me) out. Thanks very much, now I’ll hand over to John with his question(s)!

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Hi folks! The other day I had someone ask me what I mean when I talk about ‘three-act structure‘ in my articles. Someone else, recently, asked me what ‘mise en scene‘ was, since I mentioned it in an article at one point. Thinking on this, it occurred to me that I sometimes talk about movies like I would in film class. So I’m curious… how much of a background in film does everyone have?

I’m not doing this out of a desire to perpetuate the myth that you need a film degree to write about film. This isn’t a self-confirming exercise. I feel like my film degree helps me verbalize things I used to think about, but didn’t know how to discuss. I don’t think it makes me better at forming an opinion than anyone else, nor do I think it validates my opinion over anyone else’s opinion.

I’ve been thinking about writing an article, sort of a ‘Film 101‘ article, which would discuss a little bit of film history, a little bit of film terminology, and a little bit of film theory.

All this is a long-winded way of asking the following questions:

How much did you know about film before you started writing?
How much have you learned since you started writing?
What are your blind spots in film history?

Thanks!

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59 thoughts on “Question Time VIII – Background in Film

  1. Tyson Carter Post author

    I’ll be honest, I don’t know what those terms mean either John :) I was going to google them to look smart but figured I would only be kidding myself. As for your questions, well I have 0 actual knowledge as far as studying films goes. My passion has come from watching them, so my technical ability I guess would be low. Everything I have learnt has come from watching, I know what I like and don’t like, but I don’t come out of a film remembering how a certain act was, or anything technical like that. I have a lot of blind spots, I like films (a bit like music) from all eras, no particular favourite. In conclusion, Im not a very good subject for this as I have no real knowledge in terms of what you have. But I hope some others have a bit more!

    Cheers dude :)

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    1. johnlink00

      Thanks so much for doing this. If it doesn’t get the comments you usually get, it certainly isn’t a reflection on you as a host, haha.

      To say you have ’0 actual knowledge as far as studying film goes’ is a disservice to yourself! Reading your reviews, you have a clear idea of what you are looking for, what you enjoy, and what you want to relay. A big part of the reason I was curious about asking these questions was because you can’t tell from reading many blogs who does and does not have a background in film, and I’m curious to know what got people into writing about it.

      As far as those terms go… mise en scene is french for ‘put in the scene’. It is a term used when you want to talk about the way shots were arraigned (not the editing, but the shot itself). The props, the positioning of the actors, the costuming, the design aspects… the way all the things sit in the frame in relation to each other… that is mise en scene.

      The three act structure is just a way to talk about story. The first act, in general, is exposition until something happens which changes the movie, beginning the second act. The second act goes on until the climax hits and everything changes again launching us towards the conclusion. In general, act one is the first thirty minutes, act two is the middle seventy, and act three is the last twenty (and adjust appropriately for longer films). As an example, in Triangle, the second act begins when she looks over the edge boat and sees her group approaching again. The third act begins when she gets off the boat.

      Neither of these things, obviously, are vital to talking about movies or enjoying. But I find myself leaning on this sort of terminology when I’m writing, so it is good to know if it is helpful or detrimental to my articles!

      Thanks, again, for this opportunity Tyson!

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      1. Shah Shahid

        I’ve found the best films end up being ones that completely fuck with the established formula of filmmaking. The Three Act Structure sometimes get thrown out the window, when, in the 3rd act, we’re flashbacked to an omitted sequence from the 1st act which changes the context of the story and flow of narrative.

        It’s still structured, just doesn’t play out conventionally.

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      2. johnlink00

        I agree Shah, in most instances. But I would also argue that genre usually plays a
        big part of the acceptance. People almost look for a break in the three act structure in a thriller. Some directors make a career on it.
        But look at a movie like FUNNY PEOPLE. I heard so many complaints that it was too long. I didn’t hear much about poor performances or anything like that. People complained that it was too long. “It just kept going and going”. Even if you are not familiar with three act structure (and I don’t mean you specifically, I mean the general ‘you’), you still are used to how it plays out.
        But, in general, I agree. Many movies are made great by toying with our expectations.

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  2. Kim @ Tranquil Dreams

    I mostly watch movies and compare and that’s about my knowledge I have. However, I did take a class in college before called Cinema and Novel and it taught about different techniques that director’s use to help focus in on certain aspects in a scene and that sort of thing and of course it was based on films adapted from novels.

    As I watch more films, it seems that I’m more detail-oriented and certain film comparisons and plots or what they do, I notice more quickly. You notice the little things that they are trying to do, how certain dialogue is boring, how certain scenes are slight replicas of other films, etc. Also writing has helped me research more into movies so I’m more aware about certain directors/actors/actresses and what they’ve done in the past.

    I know close to nothing of film history..haha!

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    1. johnlink00

      Well, you know quite a bit of film history, even if it is just the film history you know, if that makes sense :)

      For me, my film classes did exactly what you describe: I see trends and homages and details more easily than I used to. While I feel that doing so enriches my experience, I also know a lot of people who become very cynical because they think they know better than everyone else, and they don’t understand why others can’t understand why you should like THE THIRD MAN more than, I don’t know, THE AVENGERS or whatever.

      Personally, I appreciate the THIRD MAN for what it is and what it represents and how it goes about its business. But I’d watch THE AVENGERS ten times before I watched THE THIRD MAN again :)

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  3. Todd Benefiel

    Hi John! I grew up watching tons of monster movies as a kid, and that evolved into loving movies in general. My Dad was a film fan, and got me to watch quite a few films I normally wouldn’t have. I then took a film course in script supervision at UCLA in my late twenties, and began working on film and TV productions as a script supervisor a few years later, so I learned quite a bit about the technical side of film from that (including three-act structure and mise-en-scene!). Now, I not only enjoy watching movies, but studying them as well, through books, film documentaries, and audio commentaries. As for blind spots, I’d say silent films of the 1920s, which I don’t watch enough of, but should.

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    1. johnlink00

      That’s very cool! I did a bit of television and film production myself. Nothing glamorous, but I certainly learned quite a bit on set. I don’t have the focus on detail to be script supervisor. I’d be off looking at the pretty walls or something :)

      I, too, enjoy the study of film. There’s such a rich background of stories and things that almost happened and people who chose not to take a part… it seems like there is always something new to find and learn.

      I enjoy silent films, but can’t say I’m richly versed in them. I know Keaton and Chaplin fairly well. Over at my site, I’ve reviewed a dozen or so of them, but it is an area I could certainly stand to know better. My biggest blind spots, though, are musicals and westerns…. especially John Ford era westerns. Neither of those genres ever really spoke to me.

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  4. Terry Malloy's Pigeon Coop

    I’ve always loved watching films so that’s where my interest comes from but I also have a degree in Linguistics and Film Studies so I do have some, although by no means comprehensive, knowledge of the more technical side of film, as in the two examples you mentioned. I’m always learning more though and there are some big gaps, particularly certain directors’ filmographies, that I could do with filling.

    I write a (not as regular as i’d like) feature called ‘What is…?’ where I spotlight a particular piece of terminology. I’ve done Chiaroscuro, German Expressionism, MacGuffins and Deep Focus so far and want to eventually build up a more extensive selection.

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    1. johnlink00

      Yeah, I’m looking to do something similar. I’m thinking of calling it ‘Film 101′ and just an article on a piece of terminology or film history. Literally the only thing on my site are the film reviews, so it would be nice to switch it up now and then!

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  5. kimonoko

    I feel that while we don’t always know the technical terms for things, as longtime movie watchers, we all can usually scrounge up something intelligent to say about a film. To that end, I sort of learned as I went along when I started writing. I think experience helps a lot with understanding the more confusing aspects of film.

    I am actually in a film studies program now (a sideline to my microbiology, I suppose), but I joined mostly to get a bit more technically proficient with my articles. I also felt it would be a good way to see more films I hadn’t previously been exposed to.

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    1. johnlink00

      Yeah, I was getting a theater degree and finished my GEs, so I started taking film classes. That turned into a double major. Now I have TWO degrees which don’t translate into jobs ;)
      I agree 100% with you: Everyone can find something to say about a film. That’s one of the great things about the movie blogging community. You can find just about every take you would like on any particular movie, and all (well most, I suppose) are equally valid!

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  6. daveackackattack

    I’m actually pretty schooled in film so terms like the magic hour, auteur theory, dutch angles, macguffin, Dogma 95, etc are old hat to me at this point. I started getting in to film back when I was just out of high school. This was back in ’86. My parents didn’t have cable so I really didn’t watch a whole lot of movies until my dad got the ole Betamax… stupid porn! Fun Fact: As you may well know even though Betamax was the better analog medium VHS took off because that’s what the porn industry chose to adopt. Anyway I started renting movies, 2 at a time, after work. Boy was hooked. My dad had an 1986 Movie Video Guide by Mick Martin and Marsha Porter (which imho was much better than Ebert’s, Maltin’s or Videohound’s) that I read like a novel. It was my IMDb and Metacritic all in one. Turns out that I was more drawn to directors than actors so I quickly went through the likes of Kubrick, Gilliam, Lynch, Scorsese, Lean etc. I was going through at least 10 – 12 movies a week! Later I was inspired to go to film school after seeing Lawrence of Arabia on the big screen in ’89. I only went a few semesters as I got back into music again. Later on I acted as an extra in several films here in Pittsburgh in the 90′s. Bob Roberts (Tim Robbins), Lorenzo’s Oil (Sarandon and Nolte), HBO’s Citizen Cohn (James Woods), Roommates (Peter Falk), Sudden Death (Van Damme) and worked in the media dept at a Best Buy and managed a Family Video. Whew! My tastes run from experimental film (Deren, Brakhage) to Foreign (von Trier, Kurosawa) to the just plain silly (The Marx Brothers, John Landis). I guess you could say I’m pretty well rounded.

    My biggest weaknesses are Musicals and Westerns… then probably the lesser Classics. In this day and age it’s hard to keep up with all of the films out there. I guess that’s a good thing as there are still not enough truly brilliant films out there and having seen it all I’m not as easily impressed as most people. Despite all that I’m not really a movie snob… just very discerning. I mean I’d still rather see Office Space over an Ingmar Bergman film anyday… his films were a little bleak… I understand they don’t get a lot of sunlight in the winter months over there in Sweden. Anyway I only have so much time and you know … I’ll never get the 3 hours back that Meet Joe Black took off my life! Ahhhh!

    Lastly I want to add that TV has gotten so freakin’ good with shows like Breaking Bad, The Shield,
    The Wire, Freaks and Geeks, The West Wing, Arrested Development, Downton Abbey and the whole Whedonverse that sometimes I almost prefer them to movies at this point. Really. It’s like a really good movie… that never ends…. not to be confused with The NeverEnding Story. LOL.

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    1. johnlink00

      I identified the same blind spots. Westerns and musicals. I’m a little better with minor classics since I started watching TCM a few years ago. What’s funny is that people say ‘movies used to be so much better’. I think that the movies that are memorable are memorable for a reason. If you pop on TCM randomly, you can find some pretty junky old stuff too!
      I know what you mean about directors catching you more than actors. For me, a teenager in the 90s, it was Tarantino and Kevin Smith and Spielberg. But there are certain actors and actresses whose involvement in a movie means I will automatically be watching.
      TV HAS gotten better, I agree. For me personally, that revolution started with the first season of 24.

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    2. garryarmstrong

      Revisiting this post and comments for, I think, a 4th time. Lots of good stuff. I should echo John’s comments about junky old movies. I’m forever talking about TCM and my love for those old classics. But, yes, there were plenty of clunkers. All that was great about the studio system’s output was also bad. Volume! Volume! Volume!! That’s why many of the legends sued the studios. Thanks, John, for making the point. (Hope I’m thanking the right person here. Just on my first cup of coffee).

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      1. johnlink00

        Thanks for coming back! The problem with movies now seems to be that it is hard to get something green lit unless it is a known commodity. Back in the old studio days, the problem was the opposite. They’d thrown anything at the screen in hopes of making it stick, since most of them could just be the B side of a double feature!

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  7. Mr Rumsey

    University taught me details like the three act structure ( I took a joint degree with a focus on scriptwriting) and so I am fairly well versed in areas like that. There weren’t really any set films that we had to watch, except the odd one like American Beauty etc, and so I don’t have a detailed knowledge of film history. Instead it’s just a mass of odd bits of knowledge from my own movie watching, with a whole load of blindspots thrown in!

    I can’t really say how much I’ve learnt about film since I started writing this blog, or at least knowledge that specifically came from the blogging process itself. I guess areas and genres that I’m not all that familiar with have been developed to a degree, by reading other people’s blogs.

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      1. johnlink00

        Certainly helps! I felt the same way about film school: I learned a few specific things ( I know a lot of film noir because I took a class in it, for example). But I don’t feel like I learned all of film history or anything like that, haha.

        When I think of my film classes I think of Blade Runner. Every single class found a reason to show Blade Runner. I must have watched it in five separate classes.

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  8. Lindsey

    I’ve taken two film classes so I know all of the basic terminology, and through my own leisure reading/viewing I’ve acquired a pretty good knowledge of Golden Era Hollywood stars/filmmakers. Of course I’ve learned even more since I began blogging, simply through researching the films that I review. I’ll continue learning with each piece I write. I had over 600 viewings last year, over 400 of which were new to me films, and I feel like I learned more from that experience than I did in either of my film classes (though I did greatly enjoy both of the classes).

    My blindspot would definitely be world cinema, which is something I’m hoping to study more of this year… or westerns, which I simply don’t enjoy 90% of the time.

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    1. johnlink00

      600 viewings! Wow! That’s crazy. I saw roughly 200, and around 150 were new to me. And that felt like a lot, haha!

      I didn’t even think about world cinema. That is how much of a blind spot it is for me. I know some Japanese film, but not a ton. I know a little French film history and very little Italian film. Bollywood? Forget it. I know nothing about it. Except that they sure like to dance a lot.

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  9. garryarmstrong

    Great questions!!! I think –I KNOW my film history knowledge has evolved over the years. Began as a kid — 4, 5 or 6 years old — going to the movies three times a week and seeing double features, etc. We’re going back to the late 40′s here. Unknowingly, I was building a mental data base of knowledge about movie history and trivia. Things obvious and things obscure. I READ a lot about the history of movies. I took college courses in film and actually went head to head with a Professor about his take on films. He didn’t take it well but we actually became friends. And, in the decades as a TV News reporter, I got to meet and hang out with many of the Hollywood legends who expanded my knowledge of movie history with first hand accounts. So, now as a 70 year old, I know LOTS about movie history, classic movies and not so much about current movies or, for that matter, where the hell did I put my reading glasses and hearing aid batteries.

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    1. johnlink00

      I am jealous! Sometimes I wish I grew up in that era of film. Of course, I get the benefit of growing up with a much more vast library of film to choose from; but I don’t get to see much of the silver screen era on the big screen, especially here in Rhode Island.

      My absolute favorite thing about film is that you can have a disagreement (or an argument if you prefer) about a movie and both be completely right. It’s a wonderful medium for sparking conversation. I just find movies to be a such a fascinating and rich subject to talk about!

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  10. Austin 'BishopReview'

    I have a great love for film, but I can’t remember ever taking a class of any sort for it. I’m a Theatre fan, it’s where I want to have my career, so I think my love for acting, writing and directing stems from there. I love many films because they feel like I’m watching plays on my tv screen. I’d say my lack of film technical knowledge makes me more well versed in current film than older film, which is fine because I typically stay between the 1970′s – now when it comes to reviews. Though a few people here know that’s not always the case. ;)

    Since I’m still in college, I do have the chance to pursue a film class or two, but I haven’t heard the greatest things about the professors.

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    1. johnlink00

      I echo your love of theater. In fact, the reason I am a day behind in responding on here is because I was running a theater conference for 175 high school students with workshops and individual events. It was a busy day! I’m working towards making my career in it (getting my master’s in theater ed), but I’ve been doing theater and teaching theater for years and just not getting paid very well for it, haha.
      I have heard that sentiment a few times: that lack of technical knowledge makes classic film less accessible. For me, I met some of the great classics (MALTESE FALCON and THE GENERAL come instantly to mind) before I started film class. Modern film, too, uses film techniques of course too, but we are just more used to them!

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  11. ruth

    I’ve only taken one film class in college so basically I have no background in films. I don’t think one needs a film degree to enjoy and be able to talk about films though, I mean it certainly helps but I don’t think it’s critical.

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  12. Spikor

    I took a general media studies class in HS, two in Uni, and three film study classes in Uni… While I did very well in them, I have forgotten almost every term I learned, but retained the knowledge of their existence. This leads to me saying “There’s a term for that…” whenever my wife and I discuss a certain aspect of a movie.

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    1. johnlink00

      That is how I am with books… ” used to know who wrote that”… “I used to know what that was about”. It feels like movie knowledge has won the war in my brain :)

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  13. Morgan R. Lewis

    I never took any sort of critical class or anything… the closest I came was some writing workshops in college, but they were for stories, not films per se. So I have a little knowledge when it comes to story structure, but the rest is just stuff I’ve picked up here and there.

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    1. johnlink00

      Do you find yourself noticing the technical aspects of scripts moreso than other aspects of the film?
      Which isn’t to say that taking a class in something means you necessarily retain it all. I remember absolutely nothing about college Biology, for example, haha.

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  14. mistylayne

    How much did you know about film before you started writing? ~I knew I liked watching film but I also have an acting background. I’ve worked mostly on stage but a bit in film (web series, feature, commercials and t.v.) and I’ve done both sides (acting and behind the camera). I also studied lighting and sound design in college which sometimes makes me more aware of that aspect of filmmaking. Other than that, mostly reading lots of books on the subject and documentaries on indie filmmakers. So I knew a bit but it was varied.
    How much have you learned since you started writing? ~I’m probably still on the same knowledge wavelength actually, lol.
    What are your blind spots in film history? ~Classics. I veer towards random things and the eclectic so I’ve seen things like Haxan and Freaks and adore Jan Svankmajer but I’ve never seen Casablanca.

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    1. johnlink00

      I mentioned to someone in an above comment that I am late in replying to a lot of these because I was running a high school theater conference on Saturday. I share your love of theater and the craft of acting. I have gravitated more towards directing in recent years because it is easier to balance with having two kids and a full time job (and, most recently, grad school too) when you make the schedule yourself ;)
      I wish I paid attention more to lighting design. It’s something I’m weak in, and I don’t recognize in film (I’m only marginally better when it comes to theater) and I’m fairly knowledgeable in sound design, which means I can mix and balance and such, though nooone would be hiring me to produce their CD.
      As far as classics go… you’re attacking that head on over at your site as we speak!
      PS I looooove THE THING.

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  15. Thomas Priday

    I had no previous knowledge – nor would I say I have gained any solid knowledge; I haven’t read books or anything, I just pick things up in the films. I have started reading some books of film theory, and they are very interesting.

    My blind spot is modern foreign cinema – I love the old foreign cinema, but a lot of it in today’s world isn’t that good. Neither is American cinema, though. :P

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  16. atothewr

    I actually got a degree involving film – media writing so I had to take a lot of classes concerning the ends and outs of film. I also self taught myself how to write very bad screen plays, but before all of that I was an avid movie watcher as a kid. We only had a drive in in our town, but when I could get out to it I was there. The local movie theater was fifteen miles away and believe me when I got to driving I was at the theater all the time.

    I think I really started to love film when I was in the single digits and it just grew from there. I’ve been writing reviews in my journals for a while now and it wasn’t until recently that I started blogging and doing movie reviews. This knowledge I have finally had a place to spill out into.

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    1. johnlink00

      I could fill a book store with my own bad screenplays, half started stories, and nearly completed ideas, haha.

      When I turned 14 or 15 my sister became a manager of a movie theater in town. We used to go see everything for free after the theater closed. That’s when I really started seeing EVERYTHING. I’ve since gotten away from seeing all the new releases, but those formative years helped solidify my passion for the medium.

      My site was virtually private for the first three years of its existence. I truly was just doing it for myself as a way of getting back into THINKING about film like I used to. The best part of the last year, for me, has been getting out of my foxhole and looking around the landscape a bit and realizing just how many other people are in this battle with me. I never realized just how large of a community was out here writing about film every single day!

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  17. Garry Armstrong

    I gotta confess about the film courses I took in college. I took them because I knew I could easily score good grades to offset my woeful grades in Science and Math….when I actually showed up for those classes. This is really a great exchange of thought and opinion today. But you folks do that almost EVERYDAY!!

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    1. johnlink00

      The best part of film class, for me, was being forced to watch films which would normally fall outside my comfort zone. I watched a ton of noir and started to fall for that genre, and I saw a bunch of 50s sci-fi and started to gain an appreciation for the communist-scare themes running through them all. Film classes provided, for me anyway, some context which helped me enjoy the films more. If there is one thing I took away from all my film classes, it was to ask ‘Why was it like that?’

      I did the same thing though, going in. I thought… I watch a lot of movies. This will be easy. At my school, it turned out that one of the most demanding professors at school happened to be in the film department. But, surprise-surprise, that turned out to be a good thing!

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  18. Randall A. Golden

    No formal film-related classes of any kind, though I’d argue my college English courses taught me tangentially relevant lessons about writing, literary devices, et al. Otherwise, self-taught from a few decades of reading thousands of reviews by a variety of critics, accredited or otherwise. Plus, y’know, learning to form my own cogent yet Philistine opinions.

    Since I started my own blog (in which movies are a frequent topic), I’ve learned I HATE writing formal reviews. This either means I should never talk about films I see ever again, or that I ought to try that much harder at it if I’m going to refuse to stop.

    My gigantic blind spots (for now) include but aren’t limited to classic foreign films, film noir, and the hundreds of Criterion Collection releases whose descriptions contain some variation on the phrase “sexual liberation”.

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    1. johnlink00

      I know what you mean about formal reviews. I tend to meander and be, to use your word, tangential. For me, writing about movies is primarily a private affair which I then post for anyone who cares to see. I try not to look at it like I’m providing the last word. There are certainly days (and movies) which make it harder to hold to that commitment, though!
      I love noir, though I need to see more of the B list of noir. I’ve hit the highlights for the most part, but need to dig deeper. Haha, where might one find the sexual-liberation-Criterion-Collection section at your nearest boarded up Blockbuster?

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  19. Shah Shahid

    Went to College for Film & Broadcasting. Some school projects were televised, some Ad Campaigns went national, screwed around with some people and made a few films, shorts mostly, some scripts have been made into films by others, consulted, etc. Have some screenplays + screenplay ideas collecting dust somewhere.

    I’ve written things from the perspective of an aspiring filmmaker back in the day and it wasn’t fun, more conforming to the requirements of the Program. I can de-construct the hows and whys of a movie, (which I do at times) but at the end of the day, my ‘Reviews’ are about why I, personally, liked/disliked a movie.

    A finished work of art itself can be taken apart objectively, but how that makes a person feel, is subjective and can never be justified or explained by others.

    My 2 cents.

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    1. johnlink00

      Great point! I think that it can be very useful to unpack a concept, a film in this case, into its technical parts and its small moving pieces. But if you don’t allow yourself to put it back together and enjoy it (or observe it at least) as a whole, then you’d be missing the point. I am certainly guilty of that at times.

      I do reviews the same way… its really about my own perspective. I use ‘I’ quite a bit. For me, the filmic devices of a film are SOMETIMES a part of the reason I enjoy or dislike a movie. I try to recognize the difference between the technical aspects and the entertainment value of a film. That’s why, on my site, I give everything I watch a FILM score on a scale to 1 to 10, and a MOVIE score on a scale from 1 to 10. FILM takes into account the thematic, filmic, and techincal aspects of the subject. MOVIE purely accounts for how entertaining it was.

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  20. Mark Walker

    Hi John, in all honesty I have no background in film whatsoever. All I have is a love for all things cinema and over the last 25 I have been watching as much as I can get my hands on.

    Since writing and reading others’ stuff, I’ve learned a far site more than I thought I would. I was under the impression that I had an extensive knowledge and in some cases I do but it’s always great to be enlightened by others’ knowledge.

    There are many blind spots in my history which need to remedied and the first one that jumps to mind is seeing more Ingmar Bergman.

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    1. johnlink00

      Bergman is a blind spot for me too. I know of the films, I’ve seen pieces of them, but haven’t dove into them. Is it to late to make a resolution this year? What is the time limit on that?
      I’ve learned a ton from reading others as well, and that is the best part of the film community I’ve found online. For example, I think Tyson has done a remarkable job of gathering together a wonderful collection of non-cyncial movie lovers on this site. I love hearing what every one here has to say about their personal preferences and their takes on any given film. There is some serious disagreement, sometimes, on what and is not ‘good’. But the questions about why you might or might not feel a certain way comes from a place of curiosity rather than animosity.

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  21. dkorthbooks

    I love reading about all of this. I have always loved film and the theater. Now, I am trying to start my own webseries and have started my screenplays. It is a whole different world, but I love it! :) Being a dramatic arts lover, I do know what I enjoy and what I don’t. However for this project I am seeking others who do know more than I do to help out. I am unqualified to start from scratch with no one else in my corner. I am most thankful for everyone I know who is willing to enlighten me. I think our project will be so much fun and will feel so awesome when we finish! :) Thank you for all the comments and perspective!

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    1. johnlink00

      I’m so excited for the level of response I’ve gotten on here! It’s been a marvel to read, and has helped solidify from what perspective I want my upcoming ‘FILM 101′ articles to come from.
      My brother is very deep into the audio-drama-series web stuff. I’ve seen less of the video-driven end of things, but I’ve heard a bunch of audio drama through him. I really think that arena (both visual and auditory web-based media) is from where the next great independent film makers are going to erupt.

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  23. markmc2012

    I have logged many hours sitting upon my rump watching too many bad movies. Although I do watch some good ones as well I normally avoid anything that was nominated for an award and go for low budget crap instead. I do value the opinions of others and am always open to maybe watching new films. I work for the public library and have access to checking out tons of movies for free which is always a good thing.

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    1. johnlink00

      The public library is an AMAZING source for movie-lovers. If I had to go through my list of movies from last year and count how many I saw for free on DVD or Blu Ray through the Library, the number would probably be around 20%.

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