On Fri, 6 Sep 1991 00:30:52 CDT Mike Duvall said:
>Vo Tech? Why is the art of doing technical and the art of commenting on what
>others do academic?
As someone who's taught filmmaking ("doing") for 11 years and who can
remember his own first production classes as being eye-opening
experiences, I feel that filmmaking should be an integral part of
any film program.
But, I get very nervous when colleges rely too heavily on bringing
in industry professionals to teach. What usually results from
this is a very narrow, industry-determined perspective on filmmaking
and film history/criticism/theory. It also results in lectures that
are little more than anecdotal noodling.
When you get courses that include topics such as how to work the room
at an LA cocktail party (which is actually taught at a SoCal film
school--I forget which one), then you are outside the realm of
academics and into the world of vocational training.
Diversity of opinion within the framework of loyalty to
our free society is not only basic to a university but
to the entire nation.
--James Bryant Conant
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