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Attention Filmmakers: Werner Herzog's 'Rogue Film School' Teaches Guerrilla Filmmaking Tactics and the Art of Lock-picking

By Max O'Connell | Indiewire April 11, 2014 at 4:45PM

Werner Herzog stole 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.
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Werner Herzog
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.

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