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

Dos and Don’ts for Your First Week on Set

Whether you’re an actor or working behind-the-scenes in the film production crew, your first experience working on a film or television production set can be exciting. But while it’s a huge accomplishment, it’s only the first step on your path to a career that is hopefully long and successful – and how you handle your first job can determine your future opportunities. Here are a few dos and don’ts that can help you get your first week on set started off on the right foot. Do: Take Care of Yourself! No matter what your job, days working on set can… read more

Tips for A Great Demo Reel

Landing an acting role or a position on a film production crew is much like any other job application process; you supply those who are hiring (including potential agents) with a list of your qualifications, education, and experience. But those in charge of casting and hiring for a production don’t just want to read what you’ve done – they also want to see what you can do. A demo reel can be an excellent tool to show off your skills, whether in acting or in motion picture production, and help set you apart. Here are a few tips to keep… 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

Huge Roles Out of the Spotlight: Essential Motion Picture Production Careers You Might Not Have Heard Of

When many people think of the careers involved in motion picture production, it’s often the high-profile jobs that come to mind. Everyone knows about the usual suspects, such as camera operators, directors and producers. But there are many more roles in film production that are essential to the project, but don’t often get the recognition they deserve. Here are just a few behind-the-scenes careers in film production that you may be less familiar with, but that are crucial parts of the team. Special Effects Technician Many films today are renowned for their incredible special effects. They can help the movie… read more

Tips for Writing Your First Screenplay

Every movie – classics, blockbusters, indie films and box office disasters alike – is based on and built around the same structure: the screenplay. Do you think you have what it takes to write the next great movie? Here are some tips to keep in mind when writing your first screenplay. Watch Movies If you’re thinking about writing your first screenplay, chances are good that you’re already somewhat of a movie buff who has watched more than your fair share of films. That’s a great start, but now it’s time to watch more. Why? There are two big reasons: first,… read more

Tips for Choosing a Motion Picture Production School or Program

Not everyone with a dream of working in the film industry wants to be the next Hollywood star. Some are drawn to the world on the other side of the camera, using their talent to create magic through movie production. Whether your goal is to work in directing, screenwriting, producing or in post-production work, a solid education in the field is an essential first step to landing your dream job. But how do you choose which motion picture production school or program to attend? Here are some important factors to consider. Curriculum Consider whether a school’s curriculum will provide a… read more