Category: Youth Cinema

Youth Cinema, a support platform for young people with film projects.

What’s your OFS?

An OFS is an Online Film School.

Robert Rodriguez (El Mariachi, Spy Kids) wrote a “10 day film school” book. Other authors have since followed suit with How-tos books about how film is simple and the learning goes quick. Yes! it doesn’t take long to get with the fundamentals of making movies and, like with music and languages, kids learn it faster.

They are even better teachers. Infact some of the best film know-how is spread by Youth Cinema makers who grow up with open access to cameras and the digital realm . They can write and shoot without having to deal with gatekeepers or need the approval of adults or, god forbid, censors. And they have begun to think cinematic, too.

When a young filmmaker makes a film, you get two birds with one peanut: fresh knowledge is added to the common know-how. Youth Cinema pays its (dark) stars with love, learning and growth more than money. A key reward for a young crew is the knowledge and experience of the making-of, of taking the dream home as a festival film. How was the movie made? How were problems solved? That is practical knowledge that rarely fits in an a paper book.

As the internet spreads knowledge, I searched for and found a lot of online film schools. They seem run by young makers, producers and media entrepreneurs. A pool of makers and experts who offer film ABC, substance, and application.

ABC = Alphabetization: of film-making. Our environment remixes images, representation and duplication form the core of our communication-based evolution. the ABC of it is cinematic storytelling.

Substance: Online film schools often include technical content, aesthetics, philosophy, math, history, geography. Film may be passepartout to understanding knowledge as it changes, in practice.

Applications: The How to? Movies are problem solving adventures, experimental tests of will, desire and expectation. To realise what you wanted to say and how you did it a key step of personal empowerment.

A post will soon list our favourite online film schools.


(part 2) Why is this blog called “Movies Without Cameras” ?

One of my favourite philosophy books is “Introduction to Metaphysics” by Henri Bergson, the “cinematic philosopher” who explored matter, memory and motion at the turn of centuries 19 and 20. Bergson saw links between the new art and science of cinema and almost everything around us. He made “Movies without cameras” inside his head.

A century-plus later, we make movies with smartphones, glasses and watches. We make images, that is, not always movies. What is a movie then? Or, as the film school jargon imposes, what is film?

Who are movies made for? Are they for audiences (yes) or for your the pleasure, or personal growth of the makers (also)?

This blog is called “Movies Without Cameras” because it is about thinking about movies and stories, but also about trying to get movies made in a simple and cheap way.

Is this blog for you? Well, this is who I am writing this blog for (the target)


a) trying to say something with your voice as a film (but need an alternative approach?)
B) looking for a niche audience (that can become your crowd?)
C) interested in making movies (with new tech)
D) tired of movies as stars, money and celebrity (…)
E) studying Theory of film (but want to try making one, in Practice?)
F) with a film in post-production (and want feedback?)
G) under 25 years old (and looking for Youth Cinema funding)
H) who are writing scripts
I) looking for skills leading to a job in film & media (less is not more here)


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I get email queries from writers and filmmakers I met around the world. It’s one on one talk about films to be made.

“Youth Cinema” makers, if the top-down term doesn’t offend you, means under 28 and could use some help.

Idea but no clear path to develop it. Read all the Guru books and spent money on coverage (over-critiqued, over-memorized rules ) and the cinematic imaginative self now stutters for approval? Read this blog.

Mentor for a project. Cinemahead also re-edits movies and proof-reads (industry format pro subtitles). World cinema has no time or budget for decent subtitles.

One of the reasons for starting this blog is to open the Cinemahead process to those I have never met before. at workshops, for example.

Looking forward to go under the surface of movies and ideas.