✍️ The Writer to Director Playbook
Josh Carone pivoted from writing for his school paper at a niche New England college to going all-in on filmmaking at Emerson. Here's how he went from writer to director in less than 4 years.
Josh's experiences are emblematic of the beauty of collaboration that is unique to film school. There are few other college majors where your success is so largely based on the friends you make along the way (embrace the cheesiness, screenwriters).
🟨 Lipslide does have profane language
Josh wrote and directed Lipslide during his senior year at Emerson. The film follows Tommy, a drug dealer grappling with the fact his peers are growing up faster than he is.
As you watch, Josh’s work, his strength with dialogue will become obvious. Conversations flow and characters shine. His strength, however, was also his biggest struggle.
Mei Semones - Sukikirai / Ippo
✅ Sukikirai / Ippo is being screened in film classrooms across the United States.
Sukikirai/Ippo is a music video co-directed by Josh and his partner Jenny Thach (who will get her own feature in the newsletter very soon).
That partnership was critical to their success.
Josh felt confident with
And Jenny shined with
Managing a crew
Cinematography & editing technical skills
Living in LA
Josh graduated Emerson in the spring and has been directing commercials and personal projects in Los Angeles since then.
👋🏼 Editor's Note
Oh wow! Great seeing you here! I've got an update on that invite program I told you about last week! We're putting together a 20-30 page guide on film schools. Here's the general outline
Student's reviews of major film schools
Interviews with admissions officers at top schools
Differences in artistic and storytelling conventions at schools
A list of affordable (less than $10k average annual tuition) film schools and programs
Common career pipelines from film school
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I'd imagine this would be useful to the teachers reading this. If you have ideas on what would make a good guide, reply to this email with your thoughts!
We'll see you next week.
-Eric Villa, Co-Founder, Stuudeo
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