I think one of the things I like most about the Film School is the endless opportunities it provides me to name-drop when talking with my parents. Sometimes it's teachers, sometimes it's speakers, all times it's amazing.
This past year alone has offered me opportunities to meet Oscar-nominated cinematographer Barry Makrowitz, (500) Days of Summer director Marc Webb, Oscar-winning writer-director Alexander Payne, and Lori Singer, star of the movie Footloose, the stage version of which I performed in twice (once as John Lithgow, the other as Kevin Bacon).
My professors include television director Chip Chalmers ("Melrose Place", "Star Trek: The Next Generation"), editor Steven Marks ("The X-Files", "Deadwood"), cinematographer Rexford Metz (he did the underwater scenes in Jaws), and writer-director-editor-producer Victor Nunez (Ulee's Gold, Ruby in Paradise, Spoken Word).
And now we get to meet Sir Ian McKellen on Tuesday. Can this major rock any more? The only problem I have is trying to resist the temptation to go all fanboy on some of these people. But hey, if I resisted going nuts on Lori Singer, I can deal with Gandalf.
Also, finished shooting my movie this past weekend. Pics to come.