Running into one of my first film students!

Published On September 24, 2016 | By Mike Carroll | Fellow Naked Filmmakers, Naked Filmmaking


One thing about Life that never ceases to amaze me is that you never know who you’re going to run into.

This afternoon I had just wrapped up my last live shot when a car pulled up and the driver leaned over and said, “Hey, you look like the guy I took a filmmaking class from.”

The man was Mark Halverson, one of ten people who signed up for my first one-man/one-person filmmaking course that I taught through the UC Davis Extension adult education program. Ten classes of two-hours each, which I recorded with a Zoom H4N digital recorder in my jacket pocket and later transcribed—painfully!—and became my first book, Naked Filmmaking: How To Make A Feature-Length Film—Without A Crew—For $10,000 Or Less.

Every person in that class, as well as the follow up class that I taught again a year later, were wonderful, enthusiastic people from all ages and walks of life, who just loved movies and wanted to learn how they could make one of their own. And several of them did.

Mark told me, with a big smile on his face that stretch from ear to ear, that it was one of the best classes that he had ever taken.

He went on to tell me that his son, when he was in school, got into making films as well and also read my book, and made his movies the same way that I described—all by himself—writing, directing, shooting and editing them, even making his own music, then posted them onto his own channel on YouTube, to great success.

Then Mark told me that his son had just announced that he’d enrolled in a college in Oregon, majoring in filmmaking.

Mark was so happy and proud. And I am happy and proud for the both of them.

When you set out to try and do something new you never know how it is going to impact the lives of others, and I had never thought of how it could go on to affect and influence the lives of likeminded people who wanted to make films–but their  family members as well.

I was so happy that Mark spotted me and pulled over and to hear that he is still grateful for giving my little class a try—the class which was directly responsible for accumulating the material for writing Naked Filmmaking, spreading the word of how to make film in a simpler way, for much less money than so many other film books espouse. And, above all, helping others to make their dreams come true.

Mark—thanks again for stopping by, amigo!


Hi Mike !! Loved the blog. So cool to run into you so randomly. Hope your novel pours onto the page in exhilarating waves of personal and artistic epiphanies. My best, Mark


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Mike Carroll joined the digital revolution in 1999 with a Sony TRV900 camcorder and Final Cut Pro, when it was only Final Cut Pro and not version 2, 4 or a Suite.

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