Here we are one year and a half after I began my new path in filmmaking. I think that it will be smart to begin my first topic about the question every aspiring filmmaker asks himself and those around.
Is filmmaking school the right choice, if I want to do movies?
But first, let’s start with a bit of a background. Till January 2018, I was studying in civil engineering, in Montreal, for the last 5 years. I had no ambitions, or at least as I call them, Trash ambitions, as at some points of my students/professional life I had to find some kind of meaning to my existence. So I was imagining how I become a great entrepreneur or a secret agent in the Canadian secret services.
All that confusion was the result of not being in the right place. I remember how at some point during my university life, I started to have flashbacks about becoming an actor(a desire that I had in college but which I have abandoned as my teacher advised me kindly that I should look elsewhere because the market is too fierce and it is hard to get any job.
However, strangely, those flashbacks had transformed little by little to visions of scenes(motion picture) and then, laying some night in bed, I promised myself that one day, I would create those movies. A year before dropping out of university, I tried to pass an audition for the Vancouver Film School acting program(tried to remake a scene from Seven Years in Tibet, performed by Brad Pitt). I did not pass, but was still looking out for existing film programs in Quebec. I was telling myself lies about how I am going to graduate from Engineering, satisfy my Mama, and then, I will do what I really want(by the way I was 26 at that time). The truth is, I I probably would have graduated, found a job in engineering, started to pay my student debts(yes I still have them) and…maybe if I still had some energy left after working 40+ hours a week, I would have tried to do something related with filmmaking. But WHEN?…
And at a critical moment, just before starting my last year of engineering, my girlfriend and I got into a debate about my future and of course I lost. She was right, and I was too afraid to admit to myself that I had to change my life right now or it will just get worse. That night I abandoned my university and a week later started a one-year filmmaking program.
Oh! I completely forgot to write about the Holy question that I was supposed to discuss from the beginning..
I guess we will have to postpone it to the next time. At least you got to know a bit about the writer’s past.
In Screenplay writing, it is important to know your character backstory in order to understand his motivation/actions in the future – Might it be the beginning for a new topic about writing screenplays?