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Louis La Volpe is the production supervisor for New York University's Institute of Film and TV, a position he has held since 1990. In this capacity, he oversees production for undergraduate and graduate students in film and digital video. The original NYU Film and Video Production Handbook was written in large part by Louis La Volpe and Rosanne LimonceIIi.

On a strategic level, Lou is directly involved with the planning and execution of all production courses, from fundamentals through thesis level. Based on curricular needs, he establishes the budgets, designs the production packages, and prepares the shooting schedules for each class. He also oversees the associated technical training. On a daily basis, Lou works one-on-one with students in solving a multitude of script-to-screen issues. The job not only involves educating students but also learning from their mistakes and triumphs.

Lou has been involved in thousands of projects and it has given him a truly unique perspective. He knows what it takes to make a successful film and can spot the telltale signs of trouble. If anyone can teach you how to make a movie, he can. Lou's acquired knowledge as an independent filmmaker and educator is meticulously recorded in Film School Online, the ultimate study tool.

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"Greetings. My name is Lou LaVolpe, long time production supervisor with NYU Film School and founder of Film School Online.

"Years ago, when I was learning how to make movies, there were precious few books available on the nuts and bolts of filmmaking. The good ones usually had a narrow focus, so I kept searching bookstores and libraries to fill the gaps in my knowledge.

"Keep in mind that this was twenty years before the Internet, so research took a lot more effort. After years of buying books, I had amassed an impressive, albeit expensive, library on the art and craft of filmmaking.

"Today there are many excellent books available, not to mention websites and forums. The problem, however, is still the same--they all have a narrow focus. Publishers prefer this because they can provide more books to the 'sliced and diced' market.

"This can be frustrating to the newbie filmmaker who wants to learn how the different parts of the filmmaking process work and come together in the final movie. And believe me, there are many different parts!

"One of my goals in creating Film School Online was to avoid this disjointedness by creating a website where you could learn the key aspects of filmmaking all in one place. 'One stop shopping,' so to speak.

"I wanted it to be a step-by-step approach enabling you to teach yourself using your own equipment.

"After studying with Film School Online, you can move on to make your movie or specialize in one of the craft areas. At the very least, you will understand what your fellow filmmakers are talking about!

"If this sounds like something you've been looking for, please read on to see what we offer. There is plenty of free material here in the form of articles, sample lessons, and resources.

"Websites like eHow.com and Ask.com use Film School Online as an authority site. I hope that you find the information useful. Thanks for stopping by." -Lou LaVolpe

Behind the scenes at NYU Film:


Photographs by Amed Hawari (lower right)

Lou and his littlest Production Assistant

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