To this I will add - it's a dilemma, because a lot of experienced filmmakers 
will tell you that they really didn't know how to shoot until they had done 
some editing, and they didn't know how to edit until they had done some 
shooting. So it can take a while to get going. But you can learn something from 
every experience, so just get in it and go.

It may not be right for everyone, but one valid approach is this one - don't 
make your own film at first. Instead, help someone else with their film, work 
on projects that don't necessarily have that much at stake for you, personally. 
Learn some basic competencies, then you can apply it to your own creative work. 
Good luck.

Tom Whiteside
Durham Cinematheque

-----Original Message-----
From: FrameWorks [] On Behalf Of 
Fred Camper
Sent: Monday, May 05, 2014 10:02 PM
To: Experimental Film Discussion List
Subject: Re: [Frameworks] New filmmaker

Learning to edit before starting to shoot on your own may not be for everyone, 
but I think it's an excellent suggestion. You may even want to pursue this for 
a while before shooting, but if you then want to shoot on your own, your 
shooting will be informed by what you have learned to do with editing, and will 
likely be more disciplined as a result.

It's all too easy to shoot a bunch of footage that you then have no idea what 
to do with. This is a frequent beginner's problem.

If you do get a camera right away, one good discipline is trying to make very 
short films that are edited in camera, or as close to edited in camera as you 
can make them.

Fred Camper

On 5/5/2014 7:14 PM, LJ Frezza wrote:
> If you have a computer, I'm from the school that says you don't even 
> need a camera. You can try re-editing footage from a number of sources 
> like YouTube, DVDs, etc.
> It's a lot cheaper, especially if you can finagle yourself some free 
> editing software.
> -LJ

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