Film School!

Hiya readers of Reasonably Ludicrous!

Sorry there haven’t been that many posts lately. This is due partly thanks to the fact that I spent my summer as a TA at Stanford summer camp again, encumbered by a constant barrage of high school enthusiasm, and partly because I just started film school!

Film school is this magical place where you go to spend two years writing screenplays, or so I thought. Then I arrived for the orientation and was immediately bombarded by the general idea that networking was the be all and end all of a successful life. Nothing makes for a smoother first impression than knowing that the people you’re just now introducing yourself to are the same people that will change your life forever and make or break your career.

In fact, said a professor, I’ve watched a million kids graduate from film school, and it didn’t matter how talented they were or how motivated. The only thing they had in common was how many friends they’d made. Oh, and all famous people ever met their most important contacts the very first day of film school. Great.

“Hi, I’m Russ,” I say, and then am filled with trepidation. Did my greetings come off as insincere? Should I have said “hello” instead of “hi?” Is my silly pun shirt giving off an unprofessional vibe? Is it good for a quirky screenwriter to give off an unprofessional vibe?

While all of these thoughts run through my head, the conversation moves on and everyone’s wondering why that weird guy with the shaved head is just staring blankly forward, drooling on his weird shirt.

Anyway, hopefully I haven’t made too big a fool of myself thus far. It’s important that I not only impress my future contacts, but I also must woo the 6 girls at the school.

And if I might not be writing as many blog posts as I once did, well, at least maybe I’ll make some entertaining movies? Like this assignment where we were required to make a two minute video introducing ourselves but weren’t allowed to appear in it.

Everybody else has all these artsy pieces, and then I come out with this. First impressions, here we go!


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18 responses to “Film School!

  1. All i kept thinking whilst watching the video was…surely your voice is squeakier than that? 🙂 Indiana jones was my fave bit, and you seriously can’t post any less!

  2. callietheapocalypse

    Oh, my, gosh, that was so f-ing hilarious. Nice work. Although, I can’t saw I’ve seen half of those movies.
    But, you got the ‘I am your father’ p
    Quote from Star Wars right, so… Yeah, good job:)

  3. OMG! I want tickets to your first movie, LOL…that was awesome.

  4. That. Was. Hilarious.

  5. Haha, Indiana Jones was fantastic! On a side note, last night I was thinking about Reasonably Ludicrous and voila, there you are today. Strange…

  6. Awesome! Can’t wait to see future projects; you will post your projects, right?

  7. This one goes to /r/youtubetreasures

  8. I hope it was okay for your hands to appear. I was sad that it wasn’t Punshirt Productions.

  9. That video was fantastic. The V for Vendetta part really got me… it was too perfect. Keep it going!

  10. Brilliant! 😀 If I’d been in the class, I would have applauded after that.

  11. Loved it and shared it on twitter! Remember, art films never make money.

  12. This is now forever in my memory, just like “George Lucas in Love”. Hollywood cannot deny you now!

  13. sedrate

    Good luck at film school.

  14. M.

    Don’t feel socially anxious around film students. As a former student myself, I can tell you that the vast majority of them have no interest in film, and are taking film only to get an ‘easy’ degree while their parents are still willing to pay for it. There’s no question, though, that you’ll also meet your closest friends, people you’ll work with for the rest of your life. My advice would be to seek those people out as soon as possible, figure out everyone’s strengths, and collaborate on group projects. If you want to write and direct, find an aspiring producer (a rare beast) and latch onto that person. Also, making connections with the few students who have any respect for film history, criticism, aesthetics, etc. will not only inspire you, but, perhaps more importantly, make you feel less like a moron for having paid for a film degree. Make friends with your profs — if you’re good, they’ll be key to getting you exposure. Good luck.

  15. You. Are. Brilliant! I just finished an animation degree and I have to say, it’s nice to see a film student who has a functioning sense of humour in a film. All the film students at my school were way too serious. They believed anything other than angsty drama pieces (i.e. something that will actually make money) should be recoiled from in horror.

    Great job on the edit and good luck with the rest of your study!

  16. Ha Ha! If that was you’re first impression through film then you are awesome!

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