8. "RE: California State University Northridge." In response to In response to 4
>Otherwise known as CSUN or "seesun" - as referenced in Boogie >Nights. It was a good experience I'd say. It's considered (for >some reason) a top film school in the area (remember I'm in >SoCal...home of UCLA, USC, and AFI) and even though I started >there in the Fall of '03 during the recall election and a >budget crisis, I still had a fantastic time.
The reason I asked is because I've heard about the USC Film School and how they pretty much tell every student to adhere to the classical continuity editing system. Grooming a bunch of Ron Howards.
Their students' films must have an active hero protagonist with clearly defined goal who must overcome an obstacle/conflict. A 3-act structure (Syd Field is the devil).
One cannot make a student film w/ passive characters. No "small" moments. Everything must be strictly cause-and-effect. Anything else is extraneous and should be cut.
So, if a student loves Antonioni, etc., and wants to make an Antonioni like-film (passive characters), then they're in for a rude awakening.
USC maintains that in order to break the rules one must know the rules in and out and master them first.
>Met some cool >people, learned a lot, GREAT theory courses, pretty good >production classes, and I'm not in debt.
Anyone of your classmates made some comparable first steps (your internship) like you?