Spike Visits USC
Spike Lee was at school Tuesday. Wendy didn't go. She had class at the time. But
a few classmates ditched the first part of class to go see and hear Spike. They
came to class later, saying "Spike says he's gonna do his next two films on
DV" (digital video).
Wendy's been a big believer in DV from day 1. Even though it's still a relatively new technology, DV represents a catalyst of change. Guest speakers from the filmmaking industry who spoke at her graduation ceremony last May (at the Shrine), all acknowledged storm clouds of change brewing off the cinematic coast.
made some phone calls Tuesday night and did some detective work on Lisa - the
girl she's considering partnering with for next semester. Since Wendy has no
classes with Lisa, she called Andrew, a guy in Lisa'a (507) class that she met
in her Acting class. Andrew gave Lisa the thumbs up. Andrew said Lisa was
one of top three filmmakers in his class, & suggested to Wendy, "If I
were you, I'd jump on that."
has a degree in Film from an Art school in Minnesota.
is one of the younger students in the class. Her most defining characteristic
seems to be an enthusiasm for film. Wendy thinks it could be nice working with
someone who's 'into' what they're doing. It could help on those long days.
biggest plus is that Lisa has already worked with 16mm, and has a degree in Production.
If I was going to be making a 16mm project, I'd want someone in my corner who'd
already worked with the stuff. I'll know more when we learn the nitty-gritty
has made five super-8 film shorts as Critical Studies major, so she's
familiar with working with celluloid. Although Wendy has never worked with 16mm,
she's excited about next semester, where they'll make two 5-minute,
non-dialogue, B&W films.
Wendy gave Lisa a VHS tape containing the following movies:
Descent (the Dante piece)
BodyMind (originally shot on Super-8 as undergrad + x-ferred to DV & re-edited over the summer)
Heaven's Stage (documentary about Lani, done as undergrad)
so she could check out her work.
is one of the social queens of their class. She always knows where the party's
going to be. This might be good for Wendy, because sometimes she doesn't feel
very connected to her classmates. We live far from LA. The parties are tough to
make cuz of the drive. Time is also a big factor, as there're never enough hours
in the day to do everything that needs to be done.
So, a 3-hour party costs six hours to attend. Six hours is a lot of time to sacrifice to the social gods, especially when you have kids and your making a movie .. that will be graded .. which might affect whether or not you get a scholarship next year.
is also the hometown girl. She not only grew up in Southern California, but she
also graduated from USC. There's only one other student in her class that has an
degree from USC, but his in is Political Science. As a result, she sometimes
feels more is expected of and from her. But the biggest factor is probably her
age. She's already been through most of the things that the younger students are
just now getting into. I told her the kids need a mom. =)
if she does partner with Lisa, she should be more connected to the USC
social scene, which is important to her.
This whole pairing-up thing is an interesting study in social phenomena. I mean, many of these students have someone on hold while they're trying to buddy-up with the person they really wanna work with. It reminds me of the prom. There's naturally lots of rejection, and almost a ruthless about it.
have some good stories to share about students pairing and rejecting. Maybe the
Wendy heard that cross-town rival AFI (American Film Institute) structures their program so that it mimics the real-world industry, which is ruthless & cutthroat. AFI students go so far as to sabotage classmate's films. For example, Wendy heard stories of students calling a classmate's actor's and telling them "tomorrow's shoot has been canceled"
is also unique in that it's not uncommon for student directors to have legal
battles to have their names removed from a film they direct - where a Producer
can and does over-rule a director's decisions.
I heard is that Lisa's gonna talk to her other maybes, then sit down with Wendy
and cut the deal. Wendy also has to tell her other maybes that she'll be
working with Lisa next semester.
I've never met Lisa, but she left a message on phone to confirm that she and Wendy gonna cut the deal. She sounds intelligent and talks fast. I had to play the message twice to get all the info. =) My first impression was that she's someone who knows how to take care of biz.
So it looks like she finally has her 508-partner for next semester, with a girl who has 16mm experience.
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