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Sun, 8 Sep 1991 12:48:50 PDT
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     With reference to the use of part-time professional in the teaching
     of film production (vide previous message re: UCLA and studio
     professors), it should be noted that the pattern of rotating
     teaching professionals is the norm at major European film and tv
     schools such as National Film and Television School in the U.K.,
     Danish Film School, Australian Film, TV and Radio School, FAMU-
     Prague, et al. The rationale is that working professionals are
     closer to the pragmatic reality of production, leading-edge
     technology, etc. than are full-time academics. The typical trade-
     off is one of professional skill and reputation (the studio
     professor) for continuity and theoretical context (the tenured
     academic.) Whether a professional who teaches from time to time
     relies on cliches, war stories and industry gossip or brings a fresh
     and up-to-date view of production depends on the professional and
     on the skill and good sense of the people who hire him to teach.
     Istvan Szabo ran the Hungarian Film School as a studio professor,
     Gyulla Gazdag, also a working director, is the current school head.
     UCLA seems to be moving to a posture and philosophy closer to the
     European conservatory-style film schools.
     Rest assured that there is no reason to believe that any of this
     will affect film studies, which in Los Angeles as in the rest of
     the world is a traditional academic discipline, for better or
     Henry Breitrose