During a recent trip to Palm Strings, we picked up, in a charming book and gift shop called Just Fabulous, a handy little book: 101 Things I Learned in Film School by Neil Landau with Matthew Frederick. It’s a short and sweet reminder of key tenets of filmmaking.

After seeing In the Family, I wondered if I ought to throw the book out.

It was the briefest of considerations: the tips in the book are time-honored for good reasons. Filmmakers who successfully break them do so by understanding them.

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