Film Underground provides practical and relevant articles on moviemaking, with an
emphasis on the creative aspects of story-telling.
Film Underground came into existence because there was a real lack of quality information
available about how to actually go about producing a professional creative work
Although valuable, we are not concerned with film theory and criticism. Film appreciation
is an important part of the filmmaker's education but it is not our focus. The articles
on this website will only skim the surface of the technical details of cameras,
software and equipment. No moviemaker can realize their creative works without extensive
knowledge of the technical aspects of the craft. However, there are a plethora of
other sources online that do an excellent job of covering these topics.
We do not touch on reviews or critiques of current films or filmmakers. Our main
interest in current films and filmmakers is an observation of technique. We do not
get involved in worshipping celebrities, whether they are in front of the camera
or behind it.
Our articles are not discussions about the processes involved in studio production.
Although we look to the studio industry for professional standards and best practices,
our focus is on productions where the writer, producer or director has the opportunity
for some level of creative control. At the maximum, we are discussing pictures in
the $1.x million range. Now, with high definition production and internet distribution,
it is feasible to do quality feature films below $100K at a level that
was never possible before, "El Mariachi" notwithstanding.
So if these are all the things that Film Underground is not, then what is Film Underground
about? The articles on this site seek to commmunicate in a real and practical
way how to tell a story with motion picture and sound, and do it to professional
standards. Although the main focus is directing, producing and screenwriting we
also cover cinematography, editing, sound and production design as critical elements
in the story-telling process. We also emphasize process education and sequential
articles, for no aspect stands on its own. Every article on the site seeks to arm
the reader with information they can immediately apply to their productions that
will make a real difference in the quality of the production.
Above all, that is the objective. The publication of quality content that does not exist
anywhere else to help the professional independent moviemaker make better films.
Film Underground, a website consisting of a collection of how-to filmmaking articles
and knowledge base questions is launched by Glen Berry.
Film Underground is awarded "Top Moviemaking Site on the Internet".
Film Underground content first appears in MovieMaker Magazine.
Traffic on Film Underground exceeds 42,000 visitors per month, equal to the print
circulation of MovieMaker Magazine.
Film Underground content first appears on FilmFestivals.com.
Film Underground acquires Cyber Film School, one of the oldest online resources
for filmmaking on the Internet and the producers of the award-winning educational
CD-ROM, "The Cyber Film School Moviemaking Encyclopedia".
The Film Underground mailing list exceeds 17,000 recipients worldwide.
Northwest Film School (NWFS) offers its first class with one instructor and eight
students in Bellingham, Washington.
Class offerings expands to three courses and 32 students.
NWFS grows into a larger, 1000 sq. ft space.
Course offerings expand and are structured into a two year, sequential program.
Northwest Film School students comprise the majority of entrants in the Northwest
Projections Film Festival.
NWFS begins professional partnerships and internships with industry professionals.
Faculty and students complete post production on Albert Pyun's "Cool Air".
Northwest Film School students travel to Los Angeles to work on the feature film
Students and faculty from NWFS produce the feature film "Kung Fu Joe".
Northwest Film School enters in a partnership with Western Washington to offer a
one-year certificate program in Video Production. Glen Berry, director of Northwest
Film School, also serves as director of the video production program. All curriculum,
course materials and faculty are contributed by NWFS, WWU provides marketing and
classroom space. All classes at NWFS are now taught at Western Washingon University.
The first students of the certificate program complete the program and screen their
thesis projects for the public.
Northwest Film School launches "Northwest Film Studios", a networking resource for
filmmakers in the US, Canada, UK, Ireland and Australia.
Northwest Film School students comprise the majority of official selections at the
Northwest Projections Film Festival and command the nominations in most cateogories.