Film School Retrospective: 10-ish Years Later

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A recent conversation I had got me reflecting on my film school days, a subject I’ve gone back and forth in my head on as to whether it was a stupid degree or a completely enriching experience?  It could possibly be both?  Either way, I thought I’d spill all the memories and wisdom I had on my four-year odyssey as a film student before 10 more years go by and I forget everything.

So who is this post for, really?  I guess it could be for potential future film school students.  Or for former film school students looking for similarities to their experience.  Or for people just interested in learning about a kind of weird college education.  Or if you’re bored.  I don’t know, I ain’t the boss of your time.  We might only have a couple of years left on this planet, you can choose to do what you want with what you’ve got left.

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How to Out-Quote a Guy Who Quotes ‘Walden’ on His Facebook Wall

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So I recently became Facebook friends with a guy I didn’t know, but had noticed that he existed because he went to high school with my fiance, so I’d see him on her news feed.  He’s a musician type who is always posting awesome ramblings, and TONS of inspirational quotes from books and dead people in order to show off his deep side.  So, I basically needed a guy like this as a Facebook friend, just so I could get the full experience and comment on his great stuff.  I mean, none of my other friends post things like this during the Grammy Awards:

DonnyWolf_01I KNOW, RIGHT?  Anyway, last night I noticed he posted a quote from Henry David Thoreau’s Walden.  To which I simply replied with a counter quote.

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The Worst Beer Hoptacular Coverage Possible

Over the weekend I went to Beer Hoptacular, which was a ton of fun.  I got sufficiently sauced while at the same time got to delve into a whole bunch of craft beers I’ve never heard of.  There’s a good chance I’d go back next year.  However, it was a journalistic failure on my part.  Not only did I completely forget to bring my camera, but I also drunkenly lost my booklet of sloppily written notes about all of the beers I drank, somewhere on the Blue Line after the event.  Since I got tipsy and can’t really remember every little detail of what happened or what beers I drank, that booklet was the last shred of memory I had on the specifics of things.

So while I can’t rank all the beers I drank like I planned to, I do at least (kinda) remember the best beer and the worst beer.

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Movie Review: The House I Live In

I caught this documentary a few days ago at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago, a place I’d never been to before, yet it felt like I was having deja vu.  It had all the elements I remember about film school auditoriums.  Awkward film students as employees, an aura of pretentiousness at every turn, the musty old seats, the selling of “movie cappuccinos”, and the guy sitting in front of me who was writing in a composition notebook at size 4 font throughout the entire film; filling page after page with incoherent handwritten nonsense like he was the killer from Se7en.  Ahhh yes, it felt horrible to be back in that environment, yet awesome to just be a guest.  It makes me wonder how many of my Class of 2006 SIU film brethren (none of whom I’ve kept any contact with), actually went on to do something film/video related?  I went towards a specialized field in this business and got a full-time video editing gig within 6 months of graduating; but half of my class thought they were the next Sam Raimi.  I don’t know where I’m going with that, but I guess I’m saying that the film student weirdo writing really small in his notebook on Sunday will probably be an awesome paralegal assistant one day.  Anyway…  I saw a documentary!

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Beer Hoptacular 2012!

 

If you live in the Chicago area, you should go to Beer Hoptacular.

What is Beer Hoptacular, you ask?  Well, that’s a good question.  Quite simply, it’s a vast showcase of many fine craft beers.  Beers you will drink the shit out of.  You can go there, have fun, and fall in love with many new brands of craft beer.  There’s also food pairing!  Think about that…  you can learn what beer to drink with certain foods for an OPTIMAL FLAVOR EXPERIENCE.  I was pretty much sold at beer and food.  But I’m a man of simple indulgences.

Not gonne lie…  One of the reasons I’m so excited to get you to come to Beer Hoptacular is that I edited the above video for them. BUT, this isn’t just some shameless self promotion of my freelance editing job…  I’m actually going to Beer Hoptacular myself, and will be covering it on this very blog [I’m going to Session 3, the Saturday night one].  But I don’t think reading about it the next day here will do it justice, really, as we lack the technology to be able to taste beer through our computer monitors.  So you’ll have to go and taste beer yourself.  I want YOU to go because I know it will be FUN.

It takes place November 9th and November 10th at Riverfront Theater in Chicago.  Tickets are on sale NOW.  They are $45.  It sold out several weeks in advance last year, so hurry up and get tickets!

I mean, you not coming means shorter beer lines for *me*, so it’s not like I’m doing myself a favor by telling you about this.  But I support fun, so I support Beer Hoptacular.

http://www.beerhoptacular.com

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