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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The Rogue Film School is not for the faint-hearted, it is for those who have travelled on foot, who have worked as bouncers in sex clubs or as wardens in a lunatic asylum, for those who are willing to learn about lock-picking or forging shooting permits in countries not favouring their projects. In short: it is for those who have a sense for poetry. For those who are pilgrims. For those who can tell a story to four-year-old children and hold their attention. For those who have a fire burning within. For those who have a dream.
This sounds awesome.
6. The focus of the seminars will be a dialogue with Werner Herzog, in which the participants will have their voice with their projects, their questions, their aspirations.

7. Excerpts of films will be discussed, which could include your submitted films; they may be shown and discussed as well. Depending on the materials, the attention will revolve around essential questions: how does music function in film? How do you narrate a story? (This will certainly depart from the brainless teachings of three-act-screenplays). How do you sensitize an audience? How is space created and understood by an audience? How do you produce and edit a film? How do you create illumination and an ecstasy of truth?

8. Related, but more practical subjects, will be the art of lockpicking. Traveling on foot. The exhilaration of being shot at unsuccessfully. The athletic side of filmmaking. The creation of your own shooting permits. The neutralization of bureaucracy. Guerrilla tactics. Self reliance.

9. Censorship will be enforced. There will be no talk of shamans, of yoga classes, nutritional values, herbal teas, discovering your Boundaries, and Inner Growth.

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5 Comments:

I asked my spiritual guru about this and he advised against it.

By Blogger Tim W., at 4:49 PM  

Lisa thinks this is a clever joke, but she is more skeptical than I.

By Blogger Alex Epstein, at 5:12 PM  

Come on.

The target audience Herzog describes will not sit in a hotel conference room to listen to stuff he's been giving away in interviews for decades.

Pass.

By Blogger Karel, at 7:11 PM  

@Karel: Agreed! As much as I love Herzog, this isn't exactly an admission fee anyone can afford in beginning-screenwriter land.

And for three or so days? Give me a break.

By OpenID alternatewrites, at 12:23 AM  

screw herzog and his faux-rebellious school for the privileged. if i had 1500 dollars to blow,id shoot a MOVIE with it,thank you.

By Blogger Ray Ortiz, at 5:31 PM  

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