If you’re applying to film school, be prepared to wrap your brain around some obscure, technical terms unbeknown to most laypeople. Just like a doctor, civil engineer, or rocket scientist, you are paying for a high quality and in depth education on processes, systems, and technologies that would elude almost anyone else who has not received such training.
The first such term, I will reveal to you, is something almost nobody outside of the film business or film school is aware of. And that term is, a C47. Yes, a C47 is one of the most important and commonly used terms on a film set. This complex, cutting edge piece of equipment is something that every aspiring filmmaker should know about, and something we can only begin to scratch the surface of in this blog post. For truly comprehensive C47 training, make sure to apply to a school like New York Film Academy, NYU, or USC.
There you will receive proper guidance on how to use a C47, the subtle nuances, the history of this powerful tool. Your thousands of tuition dollars will be spent wisely garnering every tidbit of juicy information you can gather about this elusive subject.
By now, you may be wondering: what exactly is this mysterious “C47”? And why haven’t I heard of it before? Do I need to go to film school to unearth the wonders of this marvel of high tech gadgetry?
Yes, yes you do. Because only a skilled and experienced Professor of Film and Video Production can adequately train you for the intense, rigorous, and challenging use of a C47.
So go, quickly, and apply for film school, or you may be left behind.
But if you want a $40K lesson for free, here it is… a C47 is…. A CLOTHESPIN. That’s right, a thingy you use to hang up gels and clip stuff together on a film set.
C47 is the industry name for some bizarre reason that nobody knows. It’s probably because it sounds more official and accountants feel more comfortable paying for 100,000 C47s instead of 100,000 clothespins.
But here’s the deal, guys. This kind of “lingo” are the kinds of things film school grad throw around as if it makes them smarter or better than people who don’t know. When in fact, you can learn all this stuff in one day on a real film set.
The fact is, film is not nor has it ever been a terribly complicated industry to work in. It does not require the intellect of being an engineer or the precision of being a doctor. There is not one thing taught in a film school that you can’t learn better, faster, and easier by getting your hands dirty on a real film set.
So if you want to invest a year’s salary learning jargon and getting grades on papers about stuff nobody in the industry will ever care about, nor read, then definitely go to film school. But if you want to start making movies, working on movies, and learning how a movie set really works, then check out Film School Secrets and learn how you can get on a real tv or film set tomorrow and be in the mix, talking with real movie makers, while your film school buddies are taking notes on the technical name for a clothespin.