All posts filed under: Overheard in Film Class

Things Film Students Say Vol. 1

I may have started at USC two years ago waking up early for chemistry and biology classes, but look at me now: a twenty year-old junior who shows up to class a couple of times a week at like 2pm. John and Paul were right, it really is getting better all the time. However, this new, lighter schedule means that I should probably pay attention when I am in class, instead of using my private school tuition to scroll through Facebook as so many of my fellow Trojans choose to do. That’s the idea that brings me to this post. I started listening and have instantly regretted not writing down quotes the past three semesters. USC film students say the weirdest things that no one seems to think is strange. Now, I’m opening the doors. You’re all students in the nation’s number one film school. Welcome. 1. Scenario: History of International Cinema professor shows famous clip of Eugen Sandow from the 1890s who essentially just flexes in front of the camera for about 30 seconds. 1. Quote: Blonde girl raises hand in …

Who Cares About International Cinema?

….is what I asked myself as I sat down in Norris Cinema Theater on the first day of the semester. This spring marked my first official term as a student in the School of Cinematic Arts (SCA) and I couldn’t have been less thrilled. I was excited about joining the school, but the classes I signed up for left me wondering what all the months of applying were for. In short, I had gone from chemistry class where I was meticulously recording data and memorizing equations to watching movies in every class period. The worst part about History of the International Cinema (HIC) is that I couldn’t even watch with my eyes closed, which is what I normally did, because I wouldn’t know what was going on. Watching these foreign films in their “true” form meant no dubbing. Ever. The first film we watched was Bicycle Thieves by Vittorio De Sica. The film is hot stuff, according to film historians. My nap agrees. International cinema is good. I have no ill feelings towards it. In fact, one of my …

Things My Film Professor Says: Volume 2

The end of the semester is nigh, which means it is time for a semester’s worth of quotes from the infamous Dr. Drew Casper. I realized I haven’t been fair to you all because I’ve been typing quotes of Dr. Casper without you have the pleasure of knowing what he looks like. Ladies and gentlemen, here is the mastermind behind all your favorite film professor quotes….   Now that we are all on the same page, let’s look at some highlights from this semester! “I’d like to see the inside of your guys’ apartments… that was parenthetical. What are you doing on that iPod?! …Oh, I thought you were doing porn. I caught him watching porn one time.” “I know, I’m shitting on your favorite filmmaker. I know, I’m shitting on your soul.” (talking about Christopher Nolan) “This side seems to be the brainy side… no, that’s just because I’m here.” (Referring to the left side of the class) “Cell phones are the devil.” “God bless those hispanics.” “You are a gentle woman, Heather. I’m …

I Have Neo-Noir Thrilling Stories To Tell!

Film in the classroom….we are back people!!! After we graduated from CTCS 190 together (Intro to Cinema), I decided to crank it up a few notches and head right on up for that 400 level class……….. CTCS 469: The Neo-Noir Thriller!!! You guessed it: the one and only Dr. Casper is back, and he is as fierce as ever. I took this class for a multitude of reasons but the one that should concern you is the one about the syllabus. Let me post it; it’ll make more sense. Nightcrawler (Last week’s movie) Double Indemnity (Just got back from screening) Out of the Past Kiss Me Deadly The Grifters Fight Club Iceman Prisoners The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Swedish version) Tell No One Dirty Pretty Things The Departed Eastern Princess Gone Girl LA Confidential Chinatown Yep, you’ve guessed it. I had seen a whopping 1 of these films before (see my Nightcrawler review). This is me trying new things, strengthening my weaknesses, going for the gold. Not really, but this style really is something I …

Things My Film Professor Says: Volume 1

USC is known for having the best school of cinematic arts in the country and with a great school comes great teaching….in a way. Besides showing the young minds of today the craft and beauty of filmmaking, the film professors here always seem to deliver a dose of crazy in every class. These quotes range from beautiful insight to pretentious ridiculousness. Either way, you are inspired or laughing. Without further ado, things my film professor says in class: Dr. Casper “If you learn anything in this class—never walk into a room at a party without a dimmer switch” “The camera doesn’t record reality–it expresses it.” “You’re a terrible creative writer young man–what major are you?” “Uh, creative writing, sir.” “How on earth did they let you into that major?” (talking to an unfortunate student) “Only those who risk the ridiculous have a shot at the sublime.” “All art is entertainment but not all entertainment is art.” “A writer is a teller of stories–a magician. Stories are healing.” “Man is a creature on a shrinking spit called time.” “Art is abyss …

Film Meets My Education

As people may or may not be aware of, I plan on turing my passion for film into something more here at USC. My first step towards doing what I love in school is taking the famed Introduction to Cinema taught by the famed and animated Dr. Drew Casper. He is a theatrical, inspiring, and widely knowledgable man who loves to make class interesting to say the least. Even though I am only two weeks into the class, I feel there is a sufficient amount of gold nuggets of movie wisdom you people would be interested in reading. The first class was special to me because whilst in his impassioned speech about film being important because it tells the stories that force us to see the small moments in life that we don’t notice, he referenced Our Town. I’ll explain the significance of this for those of you who are unfamiliar with the Hickman family. Our Town, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Thorton Wilder is Steve’s (my father) favorite play, and he considers the third …