Hi, been away, and haven’t posted for a while, and I apologize. It has been a rough year.
So just recently I attended the Long Island International Film Expo. Where my short film Hellion was screening. After the screening standing around and communing with the other filmmakers one of them was eye-ing me. It turns out he was a former student of mine – from a while ago, and I had him for only one class, before the school and I parted ways. He told me that I was his favorite teacher, and he recounted to me what happened when he showed his first project to the class. It was a simple editing exercise, and I do remember the event. So the class would walk around to each students edit system and we would watch their project. Now I was very careful not to crush or bruise any egos, and I was always very supportive – remember when critiquing always start off with something positive – it may sound weird and wouldn’t it be better to finish with positive comments, but no start with positive comments, and also avoid absolute judgements like good or bad – try stronger or weaker. So the former student – Joe Pomarico – said that when watching his project I stopped playback after 30 seconds. He then paused dramatically and I thought that I must have said something negative, but as he continued he said I asked if he had done this before, and when Joe responded no, it it was his first project, I said he was very talented and would go far. Now Joe went on to tell me that he had made a short film which had won at the LIIFE last year, and someone had given him the budget to make his next short. Damn, no one has ever given me any money to make a short film. Then he said what are perhaps the nicest words a teacher can hear. That what I said to him about being talented and going far, that every time things got hard he thought of what I had said and that inspired him to keep going on.
Blake Edwards credited all those who said he’d never get anywhere, personally that never works for me. It’s nice hearing from former students, it happens once in a while, and it is really just about the only reward you get for teaching.
Okay, more blog posts coming. Best to all, thanks for reading and feel free to comment.