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With cable and satellite television, videos, and DVDs, it is much easier to study films today than it was 25 years ago. It's likely to become even easier as the Internet allows you to download a broad variety of films. You should take full advantage of the availability of great films and study them closely for different filmmaking styles. The documentary Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography, directed by Arnold Glassman, Todd McCarthy, and Stuart Samuels, is a good introduction to some of the finest cinematography in the history of film. You can also experiment with composition and lighting if you have access to a 16-millimeter camera, a camcorder, or a digital camera. Check with your school's media center or journalism department about recording school events. Your school's drama club can also introduce you to the elements of comedy and drama and may involve you with writing and staging your own productions.

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