Well, I guess...
posted 11/28/2013 10:10:58 AM
Wrote the following for an assignment, figured it might make a half decent blog entry.
I have decided to study Film Production in college because of my affinity for writing things and creating things.
For a long time I had been attempting to figure out exactly what I wanted to do with my life. I entertained the notion of studying programming for video game design and coding, studying medicine for doctoring, and producing and mixing music, the three of which were a few worth noting out of a very large - and since disposed of - metaphorical bin of ideas.
For one, I learned that I absolutely hated programming. I took an elective Intro to Programming course in high school and found the tedium boring and stressful. I decided that I hated the idea of sitting for hours in front of a computer screen with only the clicking of a keyboard and whatever random thoughts decided to manifest inside my bored head to entertain me while typing out seemingly incoherent blocks of numbers and letters into a program that would rarely work the way I wanted it to.
I also hated the idea of studying and working for ridiculous amounts of hours and days to get a job that I very likely could not stomach or cope with, due to death's constant presence over the shoulders of everyone I would meet. Not only that, but to sacrifice what little sleep I can even muster in the present (without the added stress of working internal medicine a la Scrubs) would probably kill me in the end.
Though I love music, producing and mixing in a studio just isn't something I could do. I'm just into performing. I took an intro class, again in high school, for this subject and found that I hated every second of it. Again: tedious and boring.
So, one "fateful" day last year, after watching the cinematic masterpiece that is Watchmen, it dawned on me: Film. I mean, why not? It suits me. For my entire life I have marveled at the way filmmakers not only create some magnificent visual and auditory experiences, but also at the way they constantly revolutionize film-making in itself. I mean, at least the good directors. To be able to come up with the idea for a story and be able to turn it into a reality for the viewing pleasure of anybody with even a slight interest in a compelling tale - and on top of that to be able to do it my own way on my own terms - is seductive in its own, non-sexual (too bad, ha) way.
I figure once I've finished up college, I'll have a grasp on the basics and fundamentals and can go from there. And of course, if all else fails, I can always work at Rooster Teeth.
Post-script: I feel it's also worthy to mention that, during one of my trips to Toronto, I met a dude who used to frequent this site (I think he still does under a new screen name, but it eludes me). Chingylutionigma-XXX2007. We got along quite well, discussed such things as the then-recently announced X-Bone and what it could possibly mean for the future of the gaming industry, and the film industry.
Upon learning that I was interested in film production, he promptly took me to a bookstore and bought me a wonderful book called "In the Blink of an Eye", which discusses film editing and the philosophy behind it. Excellent read. I recommend it to anyone with even the slightest interest in anything film related, and would like to publicly thank Chingylutionigma-XXX2007 for it. It broadened my thoughts on film in general and really made me think more about editing. It even gave me a few ideas for "new" techniques that I could use in the future. (I use new with quotation marks because I'm sure what I've come up with has been used before in one way or another.)