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Anonymous asked: Quick question; Is film school worth it? specifically NYU film. I love writing, directing and acting. But my intended major is dramatic writing. I think I should stay in dramatic writing to hone in writing skills, all while pursing film making outside of school.
I am not the best person to answer this, because I chose to leave school to pursue my art directly. In my opinion, unless you work long and hard to build a solid portfolio, use much of your free time establishing and maintaining contacts, take any and every PA job/creative internship you can handle ‘til you’re “discovered”, and enter your work into as many film fests as you can afford, art school is just a very expensive hobby.
Filmmaking is an intricate art and requires a LOT of technical know-how, as well as artistic instincts finely tuned through practice. To me, film school is worth it to learn how to actually make films, but if you just want to write, direct, and act, you’re better off just throwing yourself into developing a portfolio and getting into the local art/writing/performance/film scene. Get your critiques from real working artists, collaborate with everyone you can, and learn the biz by being the biz. Save your money for your projects, or for getting a degree that will not just help you start your career, but give you a knowledge base that makes you unique and indispensible.
Followers: what do you guys think?
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eskimoguy asked: oh a side note, i don't like all his movies, but I thought Moonrise Kingdom did an excellent job of capturing the oddities of childhood. Not perfect, full of weirdness, and only a couple memories will stick with you in the end, but while your in it the world seems slightly different... i dunno just saying. kind of reminded me of the french new wave film '400 Blows'
Thanks for your thoughts! I feel The 400 Blows is actually the exact opposite of Moonrise Kingdom. While both films definitely romanticize childhood in a stylized manner, the emotional journey in 400 Blows is tangibly moving, with powerful and candid performances by the young stars. Moonrise Kingdom showed me awkward middle-upper-class youths monotonously engaging eachother. The French New Wave itself was actually influenced by the tragic Italian Neo-Realism and the emotive films of Classic Hollywood, and inherently interested in the subjective realism of the emotionality therein. Granted, the New Wave’s two Big Bads, Truffaut and Godard, had very different approaches in writing this kind of emotionality; I feel if Anderson’s work could be compared to theirs, it’d be more Godard than Truffaut, though I could see him being heavily influenced by both (and the rest of the French New Wave).
I don’t “get” Wes Anderson films. Feel free to stop reading here.
I’ve seen several of his films, and after mulling it over for a long, long time (read: years of turmoil) I can say with confidence that perhaps I’m just not his target audience. I find his films to be souless and cardboard, and while I recognize that beautiful sceneries devoid of emotion is whimsical, I just can’t get into it.
Don’t get me wrong - I loved Fantastic Mr. Fox, and I do think his films are absolutely gorgeous to look at and listen to (Margot Tennebaum exiting the bus to Nico’s “These Days” still gives me chills). Anderson is a master of the meticulous. I don’t even dislike his dialog, or the way he directs his actors’ deliveries to be so blunt. Personally speaking, though, I feel alienated by most of his work - and not in a way that interests me. I recently sawMoonrise Kingdomand I’m still trying to figure out why it underwhelmed me. Maybe I just couldn’t love the characters due to their emotional inaccessibility (except for a few of the starring adults, but I wonder how much of that comes from my love of those actors in general). I like to be moved - fed emotion, even - and beyond thinking that young Jared Gilman is totally gonna be a heartbreaker when he gets older and being dazzled by the film’s visuals, I was kinda bored and restless.
Is the emotional restraint a commentary on Rockwellian Americana through the juxtapositioning rich settings and colorfully-dressed characters with deadpan dialog? For what purpose? Despite such heavy stylization, the characters remain completely unaware of their artifice and thus makes it impossible to witness their emotional journies, if there are even meant to be any. Again, I remind myself that perhaps I’m not Anderson’s target audience.
Fandersons and non-fandersons, what are your thoughts?
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