A Visit from the Masters: Patrice Leconte & Steven Poster

Jeremy Kagan arranged for French director Patrice Leconte to talk to us about some of his filmmaking experiences. He was joined later by American cinematographer Steven Poster and the two of them related their experiences working together as it pertains to a learning experience for the student directors. It was very interesting. These two film giants have worked so much in the industry and have so much experience; it was inspiring, a little humbling, exciting, and very informative.

Steven Poster, Patrice Leconte (this was not a “posed” picture) in the Ron Howard Screening Room, Zemeckis Center, USC:


Indochine and The Last Weekend

Last night in directing class, French director Régis Wargnier visited and talked about Indochine and some of what he went through to make it. It was most informative. He also helped a few of us with our scenes for class.

Tonight I have the shoot from hell. We start at 21:00 and go until
09:00 Saturday morning. Then Sunday 06:00 to 18:00. Who comes up with
these murderous shoot times? Ah well, last weekend of principal
photography. Then I get at least one weekend back…. 😦

Apple Rips a Big One

After downloading and installing the Mac OS 10.2.8 update Monday afternoon, my ethernet connection drops. Initially I thought it was USC because this happened several times last year, but after four days of downtime I checked Apple’s website and it appears it was Apple’s fault. So I bought a hub as a temporary workaround until they can fix their own mess. I just hope they get a patch out within 14 days, as I can’t return the hub after that.

Meanwhile, USC doesn’t let us use hubs on the network so I can’t connect my other computer to it. It would be nice if they included more than one ethernet port in my whole apartment. I’m not about to buy a router.

Film School Funniness or When I Stopped Caring About Reality

It’s funny, but whenever my classmates and I get together before a
class we never really talk about current events. A category 5 hurricane
is about to slam into the East coast, the October 7 gubernatorial recall
election has been put on hold, and all we talk about is filmmaking.
This seems to be a recurring issue with me—how focused we are in our own
little worlds and really how insignificant all those petty little
things seem when compared to the larger picture. Then again, it’s always
nice to have a passion.