Well hello, March. February was apparently too stupid a month to blog in due to me being wrapped up in my super awesome life aka eating pizza every other day and watching The Celebrity Apprentice. I’ve learned wonderful new things like who Victoria Gotti is and how much of a bitch Lisa Lampanelli can be!
But I realized through all this busyness (laziness), that I really couldn’t be doing anything else. In school, I mean. I applied to film school on a whim – and apparently we are soulmates.
I should say this is my first semester taking classes almost completely in my major. I get graded to learn about things! That I like! Who knew this was possible?
I watch my roommates/friends/freeloaders in my apartment study 24/7 and complain about “MATLAB” and Blackboard homework and I always have to wonder like, I thought you like this shit?
I guess I was a good student in high school, but in no means could I understand the sciences or calculus for that matter (despite what my professor said, NEVER used it again in real life). It probably makes sense, then, that of the two science classes required of me in college I decided on the ever-so-cop-outs “oceanography” and “origins of humanity aka studying monkey’s faces and the Bushmen.”
I’m not saying making a film every 2 weeks isn’t difficult. It is. I’ve been some of the most stressed since I got to school. But it’s good stress, if that’s even possible. I just love filling out hazardous shooting waivers and location releases and critiques.
Speaking of critiques, I’ve realized there is a certain etiquette when commenting on another’s film in class. Here’s the basic formula:
1. Immediately say something you enjoyed even if you didn’t (“Pretty colors! Loved your set.”)
2. Gradually point out some flaws. (“Your actor’s face looked way too much like a horse, Sarah-Jessica-style. Also, I didn’t really get the story. Was the kidnapper also the brother and also the mayor but still married to your main girl?”)
3. Suggest your own idea for the film. (“Maybe you could have had, like, Victoria Gotti to make it more realistic and mob-y.”)
4. And finally, wrap up with another compliment. (“But I really did love it. Seriously.”)
Film school. I seriously recommend it. Especially if you like films, and school.