All posts tagged: George Lucas

Film School or No School?

What do Stanley Kubrick, Quentin Tarantino, Terry Gilliam, and David Fincher have in common? Aside from their magnificently acclaimed careers, all four directors opted out of school and decided instead to jump head first into the film industry. On the other-hand, greats like Spike Lee, Martin Scorsese, George Lucas, and Darren Aronofsky attended film school before developing their careers. So, what’s the better option? Film school, or no school? A lot of young aspiring filmmakers ask: “Is film school worth it?” Simply put, the answer depends on the type of person you are and what you’re interested in taking away from the experience of receiving an arts degree. First, you must know that film school is not for everyone, and it’s certainly not necessary to begin a career in the film industry. But even if the program you’re pursuing isn’t prominent, you’ll still get something out of it. What’s important is if what you get out of your experience is worth it to you. In my case, I believe it was. Sure, you can learn how to be a filmmaker …

Hollywood’s Impending Doom

American summers are usually characterized by road trips, beach days, lots of sunscreen, and giant box office hits. It’s the season when blockbusters compete to be the biggest and the best, and audiences flock to see them with their summer loves. But 2013 has yet to be so forgiving. A few big budget flops of the summer include The Lone Ranger, RIPD, Turbo, and After Earth. Earlier this summer Steven Spielberg predicted an “implosion” of the film industry, anticipating that a half dozen or so big budget movies would flop at the box office and change the face of Hollywood forever. If Spielberg isn’t convincing enough, George Lucas echoed his thoughts and evidence from the box office is mounting. I can’t help but agree that the future of costly, shallow, special effects driven movies is probably a gloomy one. And by probably, I mean hopefully. There are too many great films to be out-shadowed by ones that rely on over stimulating the senses in order to avoid the truth that there really isn’t much happening. I’ll stand behind Spielberg and Lucas …