Midterm Progress Report
.. with both 507 profs yesterday. They said the scope &
reach of Wendy's films are most impressive. They like to see students
challenge themselves. Also noted her technical skills, especially sound-design
& editing. Weak area is narrative clarity.
In determining each students progress, profs said they see every student as an individual, & evaluate each in terms of their (own) potential. ".. but in terms of potential," they said, "we see you at the top," and encouraged her to continue challenging herself.
chatting with students that are not in her group (of 17), Wendy said that
other students were not happy with how their profs approached their mid-term
progress reports. Andrew says their group felt
totally bashed by their profs. They didn't feel encouraged at all.
Andrew said their profs told students that they need to get on the stick - that their films need a lot of work. Wendy's production profs are Gary & John. Other groups have different profs.
midterm yesterday. One question was:
You're sitting in a sushi restaurant when a 100-decibel, 24 KHz alarm goes
off. What do you do?
answer is: nothing - because human hearing is only good up to 20 KHz (at
best) - no matter how 'loud' it is (decibels)
each film, the profs, TA & other students, write a critique, or "crit"
of each film. Each crit contains:
Name of filmmaker
Intent of film (as the viewer understands it)
are then routed to the TA, who gives them to student showing the film.
challenge remains the sheer volume of work, & the associated
says, during the time they're loading her film in the projector, "my heart
feels like its gonna beat out of my chest." And when they're when they're
watching it, "I feel naked."
often now, she thinks in terms of making movies, especially when we go
places. For example, she spied an old, 70's, canary-yellow Dodge Challenger in
the parking-lot at El Toritos today (yummy $0.99 fish tacos for happy-hour). She
scribbled on a small piece of paper, "I'm a Film school student & would
love to use your car in a film. If you think you might be interested,
call Wendy at ...." She slipped the note under the windshield wiper blade.
crisis is a 5-to-10 page script that's due tomorrow for the screenwriting class.
for film 4 this weekend. She'll have an extra week for this project cuz of
spring break. The next film will be a tribute to her brother, Van, who passed
away suddenly while she was making her first films as an undergrad. Her prof
liked the idea, and coached her to have a element of drive thru it - not simply
a smorgasbord of scenes. Should be a progression through the piece.
has Studio 'C' reserved at USC next Tuesday for her first ever auditions. She
put an ad in Backstage West magazine. Calls have started coming in
already. She's a bit nervous cuz she never did this before.
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