Filmmaker IQ – We’re Not Fucking Around Anymore

Let me be honest with you.

Everything you thought you knew about discussing filmmaking online is bullshit.

Tech and gear are fun to talk about, and we’ll certainly engage in a bit of consumerism masturbation – but it’s all worthless in the face of what really matters… story. Yeah you may nod your head in agreement when we say “Story is King” but do you really believe it?

Do you?

“Story is King” so why are we wasting our time with filmmaking sites that just talk about craft and technique but only pay lipservice to what really matters: THE FILMS!!!

Why aren’t we talking about films?

Last year we turned the Filmmaker IQ experience on its head. We were going for a paradigm shift, trying to reshape the way filmmaking is discussed online. One very important part of that process was adding images to our collection of articles. These images represented the best work of photographers and actors around the world – they represent why we do what we do and the powerful emotions that the visual medium can stir.

But now we’re pushing it further…

Free Online Filmmaking Courses

The major addition for version 6 of Filmmaker IQ are FREE in-depth filmmaking courses that, believe it or not, WILL make you a better filmmaker.

Yes, that’s not your typical guarantee, but these aren’t your typical online filmmaking classes.

We don’t believe you have to drop a $100K on film school and then spending a few years working for free as PAs. There should be nothing stopping you from learning how to make better films. Our goal is not only to show you how to do a filmmaking technique but to learn the concept behind it: why it works and how to use it.

But most importantly. we want you to watch the movies made by the masters so you can see the techniques being used in a larger picture. Each of our courses will feature a lesson on the concept we’re exploring, along with further in depth “rabbit hole” lesson, as well as a series of movies with their production history that illustrate the concept in action.

These lessons are free and you can choose to take them in whatever order you wish. Interested in just the technique or just learning about one of the movies in the course – that’s fine. But in order to get full credit for the course and become a better and more rounded filmmaker – you need to do it all.

We’re starting off with three course: Mastering the Art of the Dolly Zoom, The History and Science of Color Temperature, and Origins and History of Film Noir.  We will continue to add more courses as time goes by. Even though these require countless hours to create we believe they are invaluable to filmmakers around the world. We can only hope you learn as much from them as we do learning by making them.

Ease of Use

Truth is we threw a bunch of stuff out there in the last version of IQ to see what would work.  Not all of it did – and we’re totally fine with that. So our goal now is to make it as usable as we can. There’s a lot of great articles in our database and we’re trying to make them as accessible as possible.

A  really great feature we’ve added is the bookmark button. Now when you see something you would like to save for later, you can bookmark it and keep a record of it in your own personal profile for quick reference.

Simpler Social Interaction

Our previous versions of IQ had way too many ways for people to interact – so much that people just didn’t know how to engage with each other. So we’ve cut the clutter and gone back to our roots – a simple forum for discussion. Each of the courses will have their own discussion forums and we look forward to bringing back the lively debates that have been a hallmark of the site.

Welcome, Friends

We’ve been spending untold number of hours building these courses and this new site. This is a place to learn, share and have fun but we continue our dedication to making this a positive and safe environment. Everyone is welcome, but never forget your fellow filmmakers are people too..

For those that truly want to have fun and learn we promise you we will never sell you out and will work everyday to respect that trust you have given us by the time you spend here.

Welcome to Filmmaker IQ!