Sometimes, feeling useless can feel quite nice–particularly on a movie set. Hurry-up-and-wait sums it up, of course. But if you’re just lurking like I tend to do, watching former students do their thing, you can be quite invisible and love every minute of it.
As an extra in Gran Torino, on the other hand, I felt useless even though I did have a job to do.I was told to walk down the street toward the Grosse Pointe hardware store and act like that wasn’t Clint Eastwood in front of me. It took me five times, but I did it. And when the camera stopped rolling, I quickly came to realize that I wasn’t a person, really–I was a prop, a prop that could be replaced much easier than the rake in the window … Read More… →
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Not a bad vibe. A room full of students who had just been honored at the 45th Michigan Student Film Festival talking with a past winner, soon to be premiering Pixar’s latest hit, Monsters University.
In May, Dan Scanlon, of Clawson High School, flew in from Hollywood carrying with him a special showing of Monsters University–nearly a month before its release. Pixar allows its directors to select a charity for a special screening benefit and Dan selected three non-profits: the Assistance League, Friends of Detroit Film Theatre and Digital Arts – Film & Television (DAFT).
Mr. Scanlon was only nine when DAFT first recognized … Read More… →