Happy birthday, Pedro Almodóvar (Sep. 25, 1951)!
"When you glance over the early life of Pedro Almodóvar, who turns  today, one can start to understand the formation of his style and preoccupations as a filmmaker. Born Pedro Almodóvar Caballero on September 25, 1949 in the country town of Calzada de Calatrava, the young auteur-to-be lived a life defined by poverty and hard work. He was one of four children being raised by his parents, who were poor peasants; his near-illiterate father’s small income came from hauling wine barrels by mule. Young Pedro, however, was intellectually curious and achieved a vaunted position within the community already as a very young child as he was able to read letters and teach literacy to his fellow visitors. At age 8, he was sent to a religious boarding school in Cáceres, with the ultimate aim of becoming a priest, an experience which informed his 2004 film Bad Education. Looking for an escape from his tough, constraining life, Almodóvar discovered cinema, which “became my real education, much more than the one I received from the priest.” Idolizing such directors as Buñuel, Fassbinder, Hitchcock, Fellini and John Waters, Almodóvar would go on to create fabulous, colorful, extravagant melodramas that would provide a perfect counterpoint to his drab, difficult beginnings."~~Focus Features
Want some advice from Pedro on directing comedies? Then start here.
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Happy birthday to the director you either love OR hate and now the following:
WRITING: A Q&A with Sterling Anderson on TV writing and more.
PRODUCING: What are the do's and don'ts for web series producers?
FINANCING: What are 7 start-ups every filmmaker should know?
DIRECTING: What are some tips for directing TV commercials?
SHOOTING: How to make your video look like film?
LIGHTING: How do you light for green screen?
SOUND: How can you get good sound with DSLR filming?
STUNTS & FX: How do you choreograph a fight scene?
EDITING: Learn how to use After Effects with some free training.
MARKETING: What goes into the planning of a movie marketing campaign?
DISTRIBUTING: Does digital mean distribution no longer matter?
LEGAL: What are some legal fundamentals of filmmaking?