KD Welcomes Andy Anderson!

KD Conservatory recently welcomed renowned Writer, Producer and Director, Andy Anderson, to faculty! Andy is the writer and director of the independent feature hit, Positive I.D., (Universal Pictures) nominated for Best Picture at Sundance Film Festival. The film also made a number of  best lists and was one of only two American films to be chosen for the exclusive “New Directors/New Films” at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He has written screenplays for Universal Pictures, Hyperion Pictures’ Honeymoon in Moscow, and Paramount Pictures’ Eddie Nine Lives for Eddie Murphy Productions. His screenplay Look It Up was invited to… read more

What Equipment Does an Aspiring Indie Filmmaker Need?

At KD Conservatory, we give our acting and motion picture production students access to professional, state-of-the art filmmaking equipment. We believe that sophisticated, specialized equipment gives our students the ability to take their creativity and talent to the highest level. But what if you want to try making an independent film on your own and don’t have access to this type of equipment? While your gear won’t be up to the quality of the equipment at KD, it’s possible to put together an entry-level filmmaking and film directing equipment collection with a few key pieces. Camera Let’s start with the… read more

5 Classic Films Every Aspiring Director Should Watch

With the many responsibilities that film directors shoulder, it can be hard to define what makes a great director. Pinpointing exactly what constitutes a well-directed film can sometimes be even harder. However, there are some films that were undeniably shaped and elevated by masterful directing. Whether they eschewed convention and embraced techniques that were groundbreaking for their time, beautifully and subtly told a complex story, or simply evoked passionate and connecting responses from viewers, these classic films set directing standards, and are worthy of critical viewing by any aspiring director. For the purpose of this list, “classic” films were defined… read more

So You Want to Be a Film Director…

If movie and television portrayals are to be believed, a film director’s job consists of telling actors where to stand, demanding more emotion in dialog, and yelling, “Cut!” repeatedly. You no doubt realize that there is quite a bit more to directing than this, but what exactly is a director responsible for? The answer: a lot In essence, directors are responsible for overseeing the majority of the creative aspects of the film throughout the entirety of the production. The director is often consulted during the hiring process, and in some cases may even be directly involved. They are also responsible… read more