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Film Underground provides practical and relevant articles on moviemaking, with an emphasis on the creative aspects of story-telling.

PHILOSOPHY

Film Underground came into existence because there was a real lack of quality information available about how to actually go about producing a professional creative work movie.

Although valuable, we are not concerned with film theory and criticism. Film appreciation is an important part of the filmmaker's education but it is not our focus. The articles on this website will only skim the surface of the technical details of cameras, software and equipment. No moviemaker can realize their creative works without extensive knowledge of the technical aspects of the craft. However, there are a plethora of other sources online that do an excellent job of covering these topics.

We do not touch on reviews or critiques of current films or filmmakers. Our main interest in current films and filmmakers is an observation of technique. We do not get involved in worshipping celebrities, whether they are in front of the camera or behind it.

Our articles are not discussions about the processes involved in studio production. Although we look to the studio industry for professional standards and best practices, our focus is on productions where the writer, producer or director has the opportunity for some level of creative control. At the maximum, we are discussing pictures in the $1.x million range. Now, with high definition production and internet distribution, it is feasible to do quality feature films below $100K at a level that was never possible before, "El Mariachi" notwithstanding.

So if these are all the things that Film Underground is not, then what is Film Underground about? The articles on this site seek to commmunicate in a real and practical way how to tell a story with motion picture and sound, and do it to professional standards. Although the main focus is directing, producing and screenwriting we also cover cinematography, editing, sound and production design as critical elements in the story-telling process. We also emphasize process education and sequential articles, for no aspect stands on its own. Every article on the site seeks to arm the reader with information they can immediately apply to their productions that will make a real difference in the quality of the production.

Above all, that is the objective. The publication of quality content that does not exist anywhere else to help the professional independent moviemaker make better films.

HISTORY

AUGUST 1997
Film Underground, a website consisting of a collection of how-to filmmaking articles and knowledge base questions is launched by Glen Berry.

FEBRUARY 1999
Film Underground is awarded "Top Moviemaking Site on the Internet".

OCTOBER 1999
Film Underground content first appears in MovieMaker Magazine.

JANUARY 2000
Traffic on Film Underground exceeds 42,000 visitors per month, equal to the print circulation of MovieMaker Magazine.

APRIL 2000
Film Underground content first appears on FilmFestivals.com.

JULY 2003
Film Underground acquires Cyber Film School, one of the oldest online resources for filmmaking on the Internet and the producers of the award-winning educational CD-ROM, "The Cyber Film School Moviemaking Encyclopedia".

JANUARY 2004
The Film Underground mailing list exceeds 17,000 recipients worldwide.

SEPTEMBER 2004
Northwest Film School (NWFS) offers its first class with one instructor and eight students in Bellingham, Washington.

JANUARY 2005
Class offerings expands to three courses and 32 students.

MAY 2005
NWFS grows into a larger, 1000 sq. ft space.

SEPTEMBER 2005
Course offerings expand and are structured into a two year, sequential program.

NOVEMBER 2005
Northwest Film School students comprise the majority of entrants in the Northwest Projections Film Festival.

APRIL 2006
NWFS begins professional partnerships and internships with industry professionals. Faculty and students complete post production on Albert Pyun's "Cool Air".

APRIL 2007
Northwest Film School students travel to Los Angeles to work on the feature film titled "BulletFace".

AUGUST 2007
Students and faculty from NWFS produce the feature film "Kung Fu Joe".

SEPTEMBER 2007
Northwest Film School enters in a partnership with Western Washington to offer a one-year certificate program in Video Production. Glen Berry, director of Northwest Film School, also serves as director of the video production program. All curriculum, course materials and faculty are contributed by NWFS, WWU provides marketing and classroom space. All classes at NWFS are now taught at Western Washingon University.

AUGUST 2008
The first students of the certificate program complete the program and screen their thesis projects for the public.

DECEMBER 2009
Northwest Film School launches "Northwest Film Studios", a networking resource for filmmakers in the US, Canada, UK, Ireland and Australia.

APRIL 2010
Northwest Film School students comprise the majority of official selections at the Northwest Projections Film Festival and command the nominations in most cateogories.