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20 Truths About Film School

There’s obviously plenty to learn in film school…here’s 20 random things I’ve learned thus far!
1. When you’re with other students, be aware that anything you say could be used as a line in a script one day.
2. When going to see a movie, it’s more than just a casual outing.
3. Do not make enemies, you never know who you might work with on a project in the future.
4. Knowing the skills of others is just as important as knowing your own.
5. You need to watch more foreign films.
6. Your list of movies to watch will never stop growing.
7. When hanging out with film students, 95% of the time you are going to talk about movies.
8. There are not an abundance of women in this field.
9. The saying, “If you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours” is very applicable to film projects.
10. You cannot be shy. If you want experience you have to go out and get it.
11. After making your own movie, you will never watch a movie in the same way again.
12. DP in the Cinema world doesn’t stand for Dr. Pepper, like it does in my world.
13. There is a possibility one of your classmates will one day direct adult films.
14. If you are a good sound person, you won’t have a problem staying busy.
15. Class critiques…you never know what you’re going to get.
16. Whoever said, “It’s all about who you know…” They’re right, so go meet everyone you can.
17. Taking risks can be good, proceed with care.
18. Reserving your equipment can be a challenge, so plan way ahead.
19. You now attend classes with people you have a lot in common with.
20. Film school is stressful, busy and fast-paced…but it’s fun.

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It's Time to begin, isn't it?

Finally I have a purpose.
If you read my last post at the end of July, you may know I had been waiting for something…I’m happy to announce I was waiting on my admissions decision into grad school and I was accepted! I am now a graduate student in Cinema Production at DePaul University!
It’s been a hell of ride to get to this point, a year ago I was starting my senior year at Purdue University and there is no way I would have ever  guessed this is what I would be  doing. Three months ago, I became a college graduate and had just got back from Europe…still clueless about what was next. One month and about thirteen days ago,  with the luck of finding this awesome program at DePaul and finding out about an Accelerated Admissions program offered by the College of Computing and Digital Media, I decided to apply for the Fall quarter. And a week later I was accepted.
After lots of preparation and support from my parents, I am now living in Downtown Chicago right in DePaul’s Loop Campus and I could not be happier. I had mentioned before, Chicago is the place I wanted to be since my internship two years ago. I finally made it! I’ll be here for at least two years, and if I’m lucky I will get a job here when I graduate… we’ll see where this adventure takes me.
Today is my first day of class. The adventure I’ve been waiting for is here! It’s Time to begin, isn’t it?