Friday: 27.February.2004

USC Film School Chronicles Published

Wendy called last night to say she ran into someone in the halls of the Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts (at USC), where she's helping the BIG Woo (Eric) work on his BIG student film production. Anyway, she was approached by someone asking, "Are you the one with the Film school chronicles posted on the web?"

Long story short, he (I forget his name) had printed out all the updates and assembled them in a binder, replete with titles and organized into semesters. He had moved down to Los Angeles from Northern California with the hope of getting accepted into Film school at USC (no easy chore).

He asked Wendy to autograph his binder and said his mother would be excited to hear that they had actually met. She said the binder and its pages were worn from being read & re-read. They sat together and read a few of the updates. Wendy said, "It was like a mind-warp that instantly took me back to those days."

He said he had scoured the Net, searching for information about USC Film school that didn't come from the university itself, and that my updates were the only source he was able to find. Maybe this is why they remain one of the sites most requested features. If you search Google for the query-string: usc film school, they show up near the top.

Naturally, the university is going to tell you what they want you to hear/know. My updates represent an insider's perspective, more objective than what the university would offer. I told the bad along with the good. [Actually, I told more bad, cuz that's what was most interesting.] Film school is fraught with many trials and much tribulation.

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She said the binder was F-A-T fat, and that it surprised her to see how many pages it contained. I have personally counted a total of 85 updates. The master index page for 5 semester's worth of updates is posted here. They began as emails to family & friends, and only later were they posted on the web.

Each weekly update contains roughly 2 to 3 pages of text, which would equal roughly 200 full length pages (8 X 11). Each full-length page would correspond to 2 book-pages. So, if those chronicles were published in a book, they would represent a manuscript of some 400+ pages.

She said she gets mail all the time from people asking for advice on how to get into the program, but that this was the first time she ever saw the updates actually printed out. She was able to get him a position helping Eric on his production. Valuable experience for sure. She said Eric's production is the biggest student film she's ever seen (with a budget of US$80-K).

(By the way, this is blog-entry #100.)





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