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Future Filmmaker

I just want everybody on this forum to know that I am going to become a great filmmaker. I am 18, I have never made a movie, short or otherwise, have never even touched a digital camera. I don’t know any more about filmmaking than the next person, but I am going to become a legend. The only thing that can stop me is death. One day the world will hear the word “Testosterone”. Remember this. And while you are it, remember my name - David Hissami. Remember it, and you will never forget it.

“Remember it, and you will never forget it.” LOL!!!

If that’s the case, then I hope you’re going to USC, which has the best film school in the country. It’s alumni include, Ron Howard, John Millius, John Singleton, Robert Zemeckis, George Lucas and various other Academy Award winning Film Editors and FX gurus. UCLA is also good: Francis Ford Coppola and Tim Robbins are alumni. NYU (Martin Scorsese), is also not that bad.

The point I'm getting at, is that while some may not consider school important here, I think for film it is. You better be really serious about your statement - serious in terms of commitment (it's a rough industry) and education (just about ALL of the top filmmakers today have gone to filmschool). If you want more info on schools, check this site out: http://www.lather.com /fsc/ (space at ".com" and "/").

Pat is right, there are very few exceptions to great directors who never went to school, David Fincher is the only one off the top of my head. And those that did go to Film school went to the ones she mentioned. Michael Bay being the only one I know of that went a 2nd class film school and made it big (was turned down from USC and went to Pasadena Art Center).

Here’s some motivation: If you don’t become a legend in 20 years I’m gonna fucking kill you. The clock starts…now!!! Hurry up bitch!!! Heheh. Just kidding Dave. Seriously I wish you the best of luck. But Patricia had some good advice. Hopefully you will direct some good porn in your time. Ciao. :slight_smile:

I hope you are prepared to work your ass off… Also, besides film school, you should also have a well-rounded education. If all you know is “film” then you will just wind up aping what other people have already done.

Get yourself a camera (a still camera) and start shooting. Right now, your lack of experience in shooting anything at all, is a drawback. Franly, I doubt you will have enough hours in the day, to be both a bodybuilder AND a film director, but maybe I’m wrong.

USC, UCLA, CalArts, are all good schools.

Good luck.

I think the most important thing is…do you really want to be a film maker or do you want to be a legend? See what I mean? Think about what it really means to be a film maker and all the hard work. Would you really like doing this? Beside the glamour is this something you love? How would you know if as you say you don’t know anything about film making? I think it’s great that you stated your goal like this but is it something you really want? People who usually become famous do so for the love and passion of what they do not because their sole desire was to become famous. Regardless I want you to succeed. :slight_smile:

Take his Driver’s License and check up on him. If he’s not on his way to becoming a vet…wait, no. David, if I forget it can I still, at some point remember it? Wherein, if at all does amnesia play a role? If I remember Just David H is that cool too? God, I really nee to start carbing up more often, I’m stupid hyper now.

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Thanks for the ideas. When I say I’m going to do it, I don’t mean I’m going to do it all by myself (especially when it comes to making the porn, nkeago). Nkeago, my goal is not to become a filmmaking legend. After doing what I want to do, the way I want to do it, and the way I will do it, I expect to become a legendary filmmaker. It will be a natural process. My passion is not to become a legend. Instead, the status of legendary will follow my passion. I have great stories, and I have the urge to tell them to the world. The only way I can satisfy this urge is to make movies. Fame and fortune, and money, even pussy, mean little to me. All I see every morning and every night are my movies and the world, the whole world, watching and changing. My passion, my longing, burns so intensely it hurts. This is why only death can stop me. This is also why I will rise. I thank you and all other responders again. Monkeyboy, it is okay to forget my name. I will be more than happy to refresh your memory.

The tone of your post make it sounds like you’re planning on crawling into a clocktower with a video camera and a high-powered rifle ("…only death can stop me!"). Just seems like a weird post to me: “I’m going to be the best filmmaker ever… yet I have no credibility or experience or, hell, even a camera (let alone the knowledge how to operate one)”…?

You’re right, Tyler. It is weird.

Follow your dreams and you can’t go wrong. Good luck buddy.

Okay sounds good. Just get the education as recommended by Patricia. Get working on stuff. Goodluck. Ciao. :slight_smile:

My favorite subject! Not film making, but DREAMS! Sounds like you’ve got yours pretty well cemented in your brain and heart. Now it’s just a matter of time. Get around the best in the business and find out how they think and how they deal with people. School is a good idea, and even if you can’t afford it now, if you have the passion you’ll find a way to make it happen. I’m pulling for you.