August 23, 2019

5 Things I Learned While Making My AFI Thesis Film


Jeremy Merrifield learned a lot while creating his award-winning film at AFI. He tells NFS all about his process for his award-winning film, Balloon.


I’ve been an avid reader of NoFilmSchool since its earliest days as a blog with only Ryan Koo posting. I’ve never tired of the film school debate this site was founded on. Anyone who knows me knows I have long been against film school — I’m not one for traditional classroom learning. For me, I need to be doing it and I place a lot of value in seeking out and building my own miseducation. So, I don’t typically advocate an academic setting—that is unless there is a specific use. For example, I need a degree because I want to become a heart surgeon. And that’s exactly why I ended up at the American Film Institute. Not because I wanted to be a heart surgeon, but because I had a specific use.

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Source: NoFilmSchool