Category: film school

The Dream Factory

A collection of interviews I conducted with fellow 2001/2 USC film school graduates, on the occasion of the 4- or 5-year anniversary of their entry into the film industry. I haven’t been posting these lately because they don’t conform to video haiku regulations, but what the heck… I’m proud of the work, and I think the stories should be shared.

Surviving Hollywood

Fourth in the “life after film school” series (here are episodes 1, 2 and 3), Aris talks about the dysfunctional dynamics of the movie business in LA. In spite of the overt hostility of this creative environment, Aris co-wrote and produced an independent feature film in 2005/6 which is currently at an advanced stage of post-production. The story of that…

TV and Heroin

An excerpt from an interview with my good friend Hillel, presented in three acts, the chemical dependency element neatly framed by his experiences working in and living with television. De Lorenzo would be proud, Hillel. Other episodes in the Life After Film School series are here and here. Filmed in Los Angeles in May of 2006. Eight minutes long, another…

Hockey Movie

Bryan (director) and Ashley (producer) tell the story of an independent feature film gone awry. I want to be clear – the purpose of posting this is not to take pleasure in the misfortunes of fellow filmmakers. Everyone in the film industry shares production horror stories, for catharsis I guess; the more horrific, the better. This is one of the…