The “Real” Film School Feel – Learning Comedy in Google Hangouts

Posted on: by Michael Tringe

The problem with online education is lack of collaboration and face-to-face interaction with teachers and other students/participants. The current online platforms for education fundamentally don’t work for an artistic education, particularly one involving filmmaking, which so heavily relies on an audience’s feedback. It’s not enough for someone to watch your work and provide a text comment – you need to see facial reactions. How is your work affecting them on an emotional level? Are you moving them? Making them laugh at the appropriate moment?

Google Hangouts: Capturing the “Real” Film School Experience

These are just some key factors that make online education ineffective for web Creators – it seems almost contradictory since their work lives in an environments that organically lends itself to text commenting, however, as some of us have learned (often times the hard way), text comments from random spectators often doesn’t do the work justice, nor does it allow you to the necessary critique to improve your work.

Recently CreatorUp! did a Google Hangout with Annie Lukowski of Working Bug Media about the structure of the Comedic Web Series, and for the first time we experienced the best part of film school in an online setting: face-to-face interaction with peers, and an industry professional. Each student/participant had their moment to pitch a concept and receive feedback that was unique to their work, constructive criticism aimed at improving their work rather than judging it. More importantly, it created a sense of community that is unlike any you can find in an environment that is restrictive to text-only/messaging feedback.


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Written by Michael Tringe

Mike Tringe earned his MFA in Film Production from USC and has worked at Creative Artists Agency Film Sales (Paranormal Activity, Black Swan), Vuguru, Michael Eisner's multi-platform studio, (The Booth at the End (Hulu), Don't Ask, Don't Tell (Snag), Little Women Big Cars (AOL), and Blip Networks (300 million monthly views, Smosh, Annoying Orange, Nostalgia Critic).

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