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Undependent filmmakers dispense with the myopic view that filmmaking should only proceed through the script-it, pitch-it, fund-it, cast-it, shoot-it model. Instead, they follow the load-the-camera and turn-it-on system. This aesthetic has the effect of teaching the basic principles of filmmaking immediately. As soon as the novice undependent filmmaker begins working he/she engages all of the major components of filmmaking - e.g. content, lighting, camera placement, framing, movement, focus, film-processing, editing and projection. By completing the entire filmmaking process from beginning to end, the undependent filmmaker rapidly discovers the true language of cinema. Afterall, cinema's not words on paper nor pitches for funding, it's the fluid rhythms and textures of moving images juxtaposed with sound. As with any language, fluency comes fastest to he/she who is totally immersed not through subdivision and partition.

The undependent path is the most direct form of filmmaking, and as such it is the steepest. From setting the wrong exposure to miss-cutting the original print, the possible pitfalls are many. But with practice comes understanding, and with understanding can come mastery. Thus the stakes are high and the rewards great for the patient, dedicated filmmaker who chooses the way of undependent cinema.

Emerald Reels 1999

"If I were to wish for anything, I should not wish for wealth and power, but for the passionate sense of the potential, for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible."
- Soren Kierkegaard

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