Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Weed Out

Spring semester started today. It technically started yesterday but I don't have a Tuesday class for another two weeks.

"Introduction to Filmmaking."

I get all tingly knowing that I'm in a filmmaking class. Studying how to make MOVIES. You know, where you actually use old 16mm cameras and shoot stuff. Old school, man. I love it.

I'm thinking of dropping the class.

There are several reasons. There's a lot of money involved. I have to buy my own film for projects and also get them processed myself. And where is the closest processing place located? North Hollywood. Figures. Film is expensive -- about 20 bucks for one roll (100 feet) which is basically three minutes of shots. And it's another 20 bucks to get that roll processed. So if I make a short film thats runs 15 minutes, I'll be spending $100 to buy the film and another $100 to get them processed. That's not even including the gas money for the roundtrips to North Hollywood in my non-existant car. Also a lot of time and dedication is required for the three film projects, and I'll be working with three to four other students (strangers).

After hearing all that from the instructor, eight students dropped the class and left. Two of those were trying to add the class, then changed their minds. They all said the same thing: "I can't afford this class. Maybe next semester after I save up some money..."

I'm not sure why I didn't leave with them. Maybe I didn't want to look like a quitter. Maybe I thought something would work out for me. Maybe I needed to take some time to think about it before making a rash decision. For whatever reason, I stayed.

The class resumed. The instructor -- the same guy I had for "Intro to Boring Crap" -- did a short lecture, then demonstrated to us how to insert a roll of film into a camera. It was cool, but I didn't think it would be so complicated. Then he gave us our first assignment, due next week: bring a picture, drawing, or video segment that I find visually appealing and discuss. Sweet.

I'm going to try to find another class so I won't lose units -- my financial aid might get cancelled if I do. Can't let that happen. Won't let that happen.

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