What They Don’t Teach You In Film School

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Aaron Wolf

Webinar hosted by: Aaron Wolf

Howling Wolf Productions at Executive, Filmmaker

Aaron Wolf is a director, actor and writer based in Los Angeles. An honors graduate from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, Aaron also worked with the improv comedy troupe The Groundlings. He is the co-founder of Howling Wolf Productions. Wolf’s narrative films include the award-winning Guest House, starring Michael Gross (Family Ties, Tremors, Suits) and Heather Lind (Boardwalk Empire, Turn); and The Walk, starring Wolf and Oscar- and Emmy-nominee Peter Riegert (Animal House, Crossing Delancey, The Mask). Currently, Wolf is wrapping up post-production on the feature film, TAR, a thriller about an ancient creature beneath the La Brea Tar Pits that is awoken by the construction of the new Los Angeles subway, attacking the city and a family. Wolf stars as the son, along with Oscar-nominees Timothy Bottoms (Last Picture Show, The Paper Chase) and Graham Greene (Dances With Wolves, The Green Mile, Die Hard) and Max Perlich (Cliffhanger, Maverick). Recently, Wolf began touring around the country with his feature documentary, Restoring Tomorrow. Wolf’s personal journey of rediscovery comes alive in this extraordinary story of a treasured Hollywood landmark and local temple built by the original Hollywood moguls, near demise, and a community’s determination to achieve the impossible, save the Wilshire Boulevard Temple. The film has received extensive coverage in publications such as The Los Angeles Times, Tablet Magazine, Guideposts and The Times of Israel. Aaron and Howling Wolf Productions’ other work includes writing, directing and starring in projects for Warner Brothers, writing a theatrical film for The Walt Disney Studios, a documentary for DreamWorks and co-hosting a sports show on the Dodgers and Clippers for Cox TV. Wolf has directed documentaries for The Museum of Tolerance and Jewish World Watch, and commercials for software giant Adobe, Lucky Brand, Landmark College and Microsoft. He has directed TV pilots, including a partnered pilot with animation studio Six Point Harness, a film for the University of Southern California and worked with David Talbert on the screenplay for the Fox Searchlight feature, Baggage Claim. Wolf is in pre-production on the comedy LD University and its companion documentary (We Are All) disAbled, drawing from his personal experiences to tackle the urgent topic of learning disabilities and education. Full Bio »

A note from Aaron:

Just going to film school doesn’t prepare you for the endless obstacles you’ll face trying to make it as a filmmaker. You learn that pieces that come together to make a movie in school but this is the film industry.

How do I cast name actors? Do limitations really breed creativity? Is there an audience for the story I want to tell? These were just some of the questions I was asking coming out of NYU. And now, after acting in and directing countless feature films, creating Howling Wolf Productions and telling stories with some of the biggest brands in the world like Disney, DreamWorks and Adobe, I want to share my outside-the-box insight into what they don’t teach in film school. 

We’ll talk about casting name actors the creative way, how to get more for less, why its not a wrap even after you wrap, why this industry is “transactional” and more. On February 1st, let’s have some fun, think outside the box, and change the game. I can’t wait to meet you!

- Aaron Wolf

With his recent film, Restoring Tomorrow, being acquired by Seventh Art and featured in Variety, Aaron has learned through trial and error on how to make a living as a filmmaker. Join him in this exclusive Stage 32 webinar as he discusses what he's learned, and what you need to know for your own journey! 

 


What You'll Learn:

 
Intro
About Aaron
Selected works we’ll reference during the webinar: Restoring Tomorrow, TheWalk, TAR, (We Are All) disabled... 

What They Don’t Teach You in Film School!
1) Do people want to see the story you are telling?

We’ll go over how to find your story, where to get inspiration, discuss niches and much, much more. 

2) Features: Documentary vs. Narrative
How to decide what type of feature project you want to take on and how does storytelling play into each? 

3) How to Cast Name Actors!
We’ll go over casting directors, name talent, “the game” and what it takes to get name actors in your project.
 
4) How to Get More for Less: Limitations Breed Creativity
We’ll go over production, locations, production design, crew and more. 

5) It’s Not a Wrap after a Wrap
We’ll go over what happens after principal photography & what you need to know. I’ll also share a HUGE tip that may save your film after your first screening. 

6) Editing: Killing Your Babies
We’ll go over what the editing process truly is like and what you will find during post-production. 

7) How to master the Film Festival circuit

We’ll go over how to build relationships in the festival world and help avoid beind a “blind” submission. 

8) I'll share one thing to leave you with that you'll always remember. 

Q&A With Aaron

 

 

About Your Instructor:

Aaron Wolf is a director, actor and writer based in Los Angeles. An honors graduate from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, Aaron also worked with the improv comedy troupe The Groundlings. He is the co-founder of Howling Wolf Productions.

Wolf’s narrative films include the award-winning Guest House, starring Michael Gross (Family Ties, Tremors, Suits) and Heather Lind (Boardwalk Empire, Turn); and The Walk, starring Wolf and Oscar- and Emmy-nominee Peter Riegert (Animal House, Crossing Delancey, The Mask). Currently, Wolf is wrapping up post-production on the feature film, TAR, a thriller about an ancient creature beneath the La Brea Tar Pits that is awoken by the construction of the new Los Angeles subway, attacking the city and a family. Wolf stars as the son, along with Oscar-nominees Timothy Bottoms (Last Picture Show, The Paper Chase) and Graham Greene (Dances With Wolves, The Green Mile, Die Hard) and Max Perlich (Cliffhanger, Maverick).

Recently, Wolf began touring around the country with his feature documentary, Restoring Tomorrow. Wolf’s personal journey of rediscovery comes alive in this extraordinary story of a treasured Hollywood landmark and local temple built by the original Hollywood moguls, near demise, and a community’s determination to achieve the impossible, save the Wilshire Boulevard Temple. The film has received extensive coverage in publications such as The Los Angeles Times, Tablet Magazine, Guideposts and The Times of Israel.

Aaron and Howling Wolf Productions’ other work includes writing, directing and starring in projects for Warner Brothers, writing a theatrical film for The Walt Disney Studios, a documentary for DreamWorks and co-hosting a sports show on the Dodgers and Clippers for Cox TV. Wolf has directed documentaries for The Museum of Tolerance and Jewish World Watch, and commercials for software giant Adobe, Lucky Brand, Landmark College and Microsoft. He has directed TV pilots, including a partnered pilot with animation studio Six Point Harness, a film for the University of Southern California and worked with David Talbert on the screenplay for the Fox Searchlight feature, Baggage Claim.

Wolf is in pre-production on the comedy LD University and its companion documentary (We Are All) disAbled, drawing from his personal experiences to tackle the urgent topic of learning disabilities and education.


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