Wow. What a trip. And it's still going!! Headed back tomorrow morning.
So for those of you who didn't know, I spent the last five weeks in Ireland and France first with an NYU Tisch Program and then with a friend for a week in France.
The NYU Tisch program I took in Ireland was absolutely fantastic. Not only did we complete some challenging films we also met some amazing people. The course was taught by the graduate film professor at NYU. For those of you who don't get what that means... It means this wasn't summer camp. The first day he told us:
"Sleep is for the weak... AFTER my class"
That held true with days starting at 6:30 or 7am and going until 9 or 10 at night.
It was a group of 9 students for filmmakers and 12 actresses (all girls around my age). These actresses did their own separate program and are not the actors seen in the films below. Those actors are all professionals in Ireland. Within the first week we were down to 8 filmmakers when one had to go home for medical reasons. The group was selected out of a large number of applicants and it was the last NYU Tisch Ireland program after 12 years (though it will be moving to other countries, so don't worry if you're interested!).
Week one we spent with basics doing short experimental type films in a day and critiquing them as a group in the evening. We were split into two teams of 4. We each directed, DPd, gaffed and ADd these practice films and on the last two weeks we each directed and filled these positions on the final films.
All of these films had huge restrictions. No dialogue. No movement with cameras aside from tilting and panning. and absolutely NO corrections in post-production where we could only use hard cuts (no fades or any such transitions).
Week two, we spent working on our group projects, we shot a film as a group. I DPd. We spent one day working on it. And one day editing. Then we spent the rest planning for filming on week three.
Week four was editing. We spent 3 days editing. Then locked picture. And a 4th day with music. These were all 12 hour days.
The very next day I DPd my friends' video.
These projects made for a lot of tension and hard work with the students. Tensions were high as time was short. That said we all hugely enjoyed the program and did not want to leave.
During this program we also took an Arts and Culture class which brought us throughout Ireland to Belfast (officially, the UK), to the Aran Islands and to many parts of Dublin.
The last night we stayed up late as an entire group. Ben slowly people headed out until myself and my three closest friends were alone. We had a fantastic night until 3:30a when two of us had to leave for our flights.
From there I flew to France. Once there I stayed with a very close friend who had been an exchange student back home. We spent the next few days touring France. We first went to the south of France where these beautiful cliffs lie. This is not somewhere that tourists tend to go for insurance reasons as well as the fact that they are unknown. It is one of the most beautiful places I have been.
After a bit we headed back to Paris to see the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower and all of those touristy type things. SPOILERS: The Monna Lisa is tiny by the way.
Now I am here... Back in Orsay, able to catch up on some stuff here.
Then a week from now (August 18) I head off to college. I will be attending Bard College at Simon's Rock for the next 2 years with a focus in Film Production (though we do not have to declare a major)
Overall an amazing but short and busy summer.
I want to specially throw out a few congrats. First to ^Thiefoworld
who got deviousness. Thiefo is one of the hardest working deviants around and totally deserves a congratulations from you all if you haven't yet.
Secondly. HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEVIANTART
I am so sad that I wasn't able to hang out on the birthday... But, there's always next year. I heard it went great!