What Are Some Lessons Americans Can Learn From International Filmmakers?

This post is by Jason Hellerman from No Film School

Filmmaking is a global art form.

When I went to grad school at Boston University, I was one of the only American students in a screenwriting class full of international people. It was one of the most important experiences in my life. Not only did I learn so much from my classmates, but I got to watch so many amazing movies from different cultures that never would have crossed my path otherwise.

The art of filmmaking transcends geographical borders and cultural boundaries. American filmmakers, who often dominate the global cinema landscape, are not the sole pioneers of cinematic innovation.

Let’s face it, sometimes Americans have a big blind spot for cinema from elsewhere.

From the poetic storytelling of the French New Wave auteurs to the raw intensity of South Korean thrillers, the world of cinema offers a rich and diverse array of perspectives that can inspire and elevate American filmmaking.

So let’s take a look at some lessons we can learn from around the world when it comes to filmmaking.

Ready? Let’s go.

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