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by Max O'Connell
April 11, 2014 4:45 PM
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Attention Filmmakers: Werner Herzog's 'Rogue Film School' Teaches Guerrilla Filmmaking Tactics and the Art of Lock-picking

Werner Herzog

Of the many (we're talking many) wildly entertaining stories about Werner Herzog's penchant for inspired eccentricity and fascination, perhaps the earliest is the story of Herzog stealing a 35mm camera from Munich Film School in order to become a filmmaker, something he considered "a necessity" rather than theft. Now, Herzog is going to teach more filmmakers how to take what is necessary rather than wait for permission at Rogue Film School.

The fifth in a series of seminars and the third in Los Angeles (with others in New Jersey and London), Rogue Film School is a seminar taking place over the course of five days in a hotel conference room from Friday to Monday evening, August 22-25, in what will be an intimate classroom setting.

What exactly will be covered? Herzog's lessons include the art of lock-picking, traveling on foot, the exhilaration of being shot at unsuccessfully (as demonstrated here), the athletic side of filmmaking, the creation of one's own shooting permits, the neutralization of bureaucracy, and guerrilla filmmaking. 

Rogue Film School has no academic requirements, but applicants must fill out a brief written application and submit a short film they have directed on DVD. Applicants from all over the world are accepted and encouraged. Rogue Film School will begin accepting applications on April 11 and will close on the postmarked deadline of June 13. 

For more information, go to the organization's website here. For those who attend, please send all colorful Herzog stories and/or recordings to Indiewire.

5 Comments

  • David Brundige | June 9, 2014 9:14 PMReply

    Here's a story from the first Rogue Film School in L.A. about sneaking into it. Can't paste the link here, but google "Flavorwire Herzog Rogue Film School."

  • Indie Filmmaker | April 12, 2014 3:35 PMReply

    As cool as this even might possibly appear to sound, that's a lot of money for an indie filmmaker to spend time with Werner Herzog. This is how a lot of film festivals operate too. They exploit emerging and indie filmmaker's hopes and dreams by tapping into this idea that the gatekeepers must approve of you and your work in order to succeed. Send us your work, but pay us to give you any attention. Werner Herzog could have made this event more indie filmmaker friendly - he has the clout and name recognition to bring in community-oriented sponsors.

  • Bobby Pin | June 22, 2014 11:42 PM

    I agree completely. I don't want to waste time learning bout the true Herzog and paying money I could be using to make my own complete production, especially when coming to know the true Herzog is as easy as renting a dvd from a store. All of the information one needs that is actually vital is in the films he created, not in the man himself.

  • Indie Filmmaker | April 12, 2014 3:35 PMReply

    As cool as this even might possibly appear to sound, that's a lot of money for an indie filmmaker to spend time with Werner Herzog. This is how a lot of film festivals operate too. They exploit emerging and indie filmmaker's hopes and dreams by tapping into this idea that the gatekeepers must approve of you and your work in order to succeed. Send us your work, but pay us to give you any attention. Werner Herzog could have made this event more indie filmmaker friendly - he has the clout and name recognition to bring in community-oriented sponsors.

  • Ann | April 12, 2014 9:51 AMReply

    Wow! Great clip of Werner getting shot - so nonchalant. If he is teaching, it would be an invaluable school.