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Franco Watch Presents: Franco Watch….with Professor James Franco.

January 31, 2011

Thanks, THR, for posting this photo of this sweater.

Movieline magazine got sent a special press release from Columbia College Hollywood announcing a new course at the school:

…an innovative course through which 12 of the private film school’s best editing students will create a 30 minute documentary film from videographic footage from Mr. Franco’s own unorthodox career.

The class seems like it will be taught primarily by Franco’s frequent editor and collaborator, Tyler Danna, though Professor Franco will be SkypingTM in as time permits to participate in the class, which will also be filmed as part of a larger creative project.  The title of the class?  Master Class: Editing James Franco…with James Franco.

Funny that Franco is taking his creative work into the realm of higher education, as I heard rumors just yesterday that the experts over at I Fry Mine In Butter are starting up their own creative program of certifying pop culturists.  Must be something in the water? Or it’s perhaps Franco’s world, and we’re all always following in his footsteps.

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13 Comments leave one →
  1. Jillamina permalink
    January 31, 2011 8:29 pm

    Considering that Columbia College Hollywood is a non-accredited for-profit company, I think the IFMiB program might have higher academic merit!

    • January 31, 2011 8:37 pm

      ZING.

      • Jillamina permalink
        January 31, 2011 8:43 pm

        And just for further de-obfuscation: Franco got his MFA from Columbia…University.

    • hsofia permalink
      January 31, 2011 10:33 pm

      It might be cheaper to just stalk his editor!

  2. February 1, 2011 1:16 am

    Has Franco not seen the Frontline special “College, Inc”?

  3. February 1, 2011 9:50 am

    It’s definitely Franco’s world. The entire known universe is basically like Candid Camera and Franco is the Allen Funt we’re hoping will show up.

  4. February 1, 2011 10:19 am

    They had me at, “Tarzana”. Totally klassy.

  5. Aylin permalink
    February 6, 2011 9:59 am

    CCH is a great school. For studying film/tv there is not a better place to be. The school is fully accredited by NASAD (http://nasad.arts-accredit.org/). It is an art school. It has an awesome hands on filmmaking program. For peeps who really know what’s up – you would know in order to learn filmmaking you need to do it. The school is a non-profit and it is located in the valley. The instructors are amazing. They are real professionals in the industry, so you get to learn from people who actually do what the teach for a living. It has an insane success rate. Something like 90 percent of their grads actually work in the entertainment industry. So for those of us who love film and want to work in film we understand how rare that is. Most people with film degrees from big “accredited” institutions end up selling insurance. Go figure…

    • February 6, 2011 12:06 pm

      Funny how you say it’s accredited in the beginning of the paragraph, but then talk smack about “accredited” institutions at the end. Which is it?

      I’m going to go with the information from the Columbia College admissions counselor in the comment above instead.

  6. February 6, 2011 2:08 pm

    Funny how you say it’s accredited in the beginning of the paragraph, but then talk smack about “accredited” institutions at the end. Which is it?

    Confusing to me too.

    Most people with film degrees from big “accredited” institutions end up selling insurance. Go figure…

    If that were true I would have brought my condo insurance from Brian De Palma instead of Brian Demonico.

  7. Jillamina permalink
    February 7, 2011 12:17 pm

    I stand corrected: CCH is non-profit. I had to email the school to get this information, I couldn’t find it on their website.

    • Aylin permalink
      February 7, 2011 12:41 pm

      I did not mean to be snarky. I am not a very snarky person but the incorrect information and other negative comments really bothered me. CCH is my school, my alma mater. I know the school very well and had an incredible experience there. I have had a wonderful career working in the industry now for 15 years. The school gave me so many opportunities that a more traditional school did not. I am a filmmaker and I have an insane number of friends from CCH who I have stayed in contact with over the years, including the teacher of the course everyone is so strung up about. They are all successful working professionals as well. The school has a heart of gold and has the best HANDS-ON filmmaking program. Everywhere I go I meet peeps in the entertainment industry who went to the college or know someone who did – it is a well known school among the hollywood crews. In fact, I can recall students from other big film schools in the area coming to our school to team up and get DPs and Electricians, Sound Mixers – you name it for their student films. My point about the accredited thing and why I put it in quotes was because while the school is fully accredited that is besides the point – the negative comment was the school is not accredited and is just taking kids tuition money for profit – the ref to College, Inc – Columbia could not be further from that. Back to the accredited thing while it is nice and they are it is small potatoes – nobody in this industry really cares what is on that piece of paper/where you got your film degree from – perhaps in the first generation film school days that would have been true. Now it is all about what is on that reel, what you know, who you know – do you have a good attitude – or you willing to work for it – it is not like you are going to school to be a lawyer. You get the degree take all the test and then somebody hires you to work in the law firm – there is no rhyme or reason to the film industry – it is about being in the right place at the right time with all the right skills and CCH gives young filmmakers those needed skills and networking opps and that momentum to be in the right place at the right time…you study EVERY aspect of filmmaking there – you are required to make films there – I do apologize for the insurance comment. That was not kind of me – I was frustrated with all the incorrect information and negative comments about such a great school. The internet can be so impersonal and I think I failed to realize there are kind peeps just like me on the other side of it, who seem to have their facts wrong and are making snide comments maybe for entertainment. Sorry for the long response but I don’t like being at conflict with anyone not even over the internet. take care and happy filmmaking.

      • February 7, 2011 7:02 pm

        Thanks for clarifying, it sounds like you had a good experience at the school. It’s often hard to know nowadays, given the explosive rise of for-profit schools which obviously do teach real skills and information, but rarely at the correct rate for what they are charging their student based on what the degree/skills will be worth at the end, so I admit I was biased too.

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