My Future Grand Slam

The World Series starts today…even though the Tigers didn’t make it this year, it’s still a good day!
I cannot imagine what it would be like to play in a such a series of games with so many fans and viewers counting on your every hit, pitch and play but to hit a walk-off home run…a grand slam no less…that is a feeling I hope to find some parallel to one day. A moment in time where you realize you won, you have achieved the ultimate achievement. At the “crack of your bat” you know, something great just happened. There is no word to describe your happiness, your pride or the weight that has just been lifted off of your shoulders. As you “round each base,” the audience (your family, friends, co-workers, etc.) continue(s) to cheer for you and they show how proud they are of you. Finally you reach home base…your team (whoever that may be to you) hugs you, high-fives you, lifts you up, celebrates with you and there is no better feeling.
The moment I picture this happening for me is the day that I become a true professional in the film industry, the day I watch a successful feature film on the big screen all the way through the credits, just to see my name scroll by. The butterflies flutter all through my body just thinking about this day.
…Of course winning an Oscar or major award would be unbelievable, but we’ll stick with my name in the credits as my first grand slam…you can get more than one in a baseball career so you can definitely have more than one in life.
Grand Slam

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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.

DePaul