Film Ideas For High School Students

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Where can I find a theatre arts, 3D animation, or film-making internship in or near Philadelphia?
    I'm trying to find a theatre arts, 3D animation, or FIlm-making internship for a high school student in Philadelphia. Does anyone know where they could go?

    • ANSWER:
      no idea

  2. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have any short film comedy ideas or scripts?
    Does anyone have any short film comedy ideas or scripts?
    Me and some guys need to make a short comedic film for a high school film fest. It should be like 5 to 10 minutes. If it could be a high-school related story it would be great. I would give you credit.

    • ANSWER:
      Just make up your own idea. I write plenty of scripts, and most of them are based on the trouble me and my friends get into. One thing I did when writing a short film script when I had a writer's block was ask my self a question like, "what would my friends and I do if a really attractive foreign exchange student from France came to our school for only two weeks and we all wanted to date him?" Or whatever works for you, good luck on the test.

  3. QUESTION:
    How to make a short film with zero budget.?
    I am a high school student and I would like to make a 5 minute film. I would like to know some techniques that may help me, or a website I could go to. I have a digital camera and a tripod. That is it. I know that I can make a good short film, but all I need is some advice.

    • ANSWER:
      1. Choose your equipment, something that can record video. There are many choices. This process might take months or even years, but you have to keep looking. Make sure your video recorder works with your VCR or editing equipment.
      2. Learn a few features, and review how your recording device works. Learn how to start and stop recording, fast forward, rewind, playback, and anything else you might need. Save the special effects for your second or third project.
      3. Choose a subject -- what you want to make a film about. Remember, you'll need to complete the project. Think about who, what, and where you'll shoot. Form a basic idea for a story and if you're having trouble, read short stories for inspiration.
      4. Type out a script. Make sure to develop your characters with different personalities; your movie won't be interesting if everyone acts and talks the same.
      5. Draw out a storyboard, illustrating the shots you plan to use. Don't worry about following the storyboard perfectly. It's just a good idea to get your thoughts on paper and a great way to see if you can communicate an idea "visually" rather than needing the actors to verbally communicate the concept. The viewer is watching first and listening second.
      6. Find people who aren't busy and are willing to work hard on your film. Provide food for your crew. They'll appreciate it and be able to hang around longer.
      7. Shoot your footage. If you want to highlight your pet, you can shoot video of your pet eating, sleeping and playing and perhaps put it to music.
      8. Edit your film. Many cameras edit in limited ways and some have special effects. Learn how to "cut" pieces of your footage together and put music or speech over your video. Check your camera's manual or use a software package like iMovie to make your final cuts.
      9. One way is to use your VCR or DVD burner to make copies for friends and auditions. If your film is digital, you can also output your final edit to a readable format to send via email. Also if your film is in digital format you can upload to YouTube or another video sharing site. Check up with the website's video formats to see if you can upload your movie.

  4. QUESTION:
    I want to shoot a realistic fight secne?
    I'm a senior high school student and I love films. I mostly write scripts but this time apart from that im also directing and starring in a short film.In this film I want to have a fight scene between me and the "bad" guy. Changing angles and putting the correct music score will be enough to make it vivid or do you have any extra tips that would make more realistic? Feel free to advise on anything from the camera to the characters movement. Thank you in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      Here are some fun ideas where nobody gets hurt…

      1) Film only the feet scuffling on the ground. It gives the illusion of struggling.

      2) Film the “good guy” head on with shoulders squared. He draws his fist back and throws a punch at the camera. (Actually, to the left of the camera).
      Cut to: an empty frame, camera pointing towards the ground. The “bad guy” who got punched falls into frame onto the ground with a bloody lip.

      3) The camera is behind the bad guy. Bad guy throws punch and misses. Good guy grabs his shoulder with left hand and punches bad guy in the gut several times. You can’t see the punch but it looks real enough.

      4) Good guy puts his fist on the face of the bad guy and quickly draws it away. Run the video in reverse. If needed, run it at 2x the speed. It looks like the bad guy really got hit.

      Have fun!

  5. QUESTION:
    What Digital SLR camera would you recommend?
    I'm a high school student, and want to go to college for photography. I have been taking film photography classes, and would like to expand to digital, but I have no idea what to look for in a camera. Any help??

    • ANSWER:
      Canon Rebel XTi or Xsi.

      But don’t buy it at any of these rip-off scam sites that are owned by George Sabato:

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  6. QUESTION:
    What kinds of workshops can I use for college students about Bullying?
    I am running a seminar at my university about bullying. Its including topics like homophobia, racism, discrimination against different cultures, just about everything. The problem is I can only find workshops online for kids, but I need it to be more adult-like to keep the interest of high school students and college student from sleeping.

    • ANSWER:
      I'd show them the workshops for kids and then have them design their own workshops (in groups)
      They might have some new ideas to contribute and could even get into filming or role play themselves.

  7. QUESTION:
    What are some good ideas for student films?
    My sister and I are making a student film for our high school video/ tv broadcast class and the student film festival. Have any ideas?

    • ANSWER:

  8. QUESTION:
    How to write a book on oral English for Chinese senior students?
    I'm currently a volunteer English teacher at a senior high school in China (the students are between 15 and 18). A fellow teacher has been asked to write a book on oral English to be used in the school, but he has no idea what to write about. He can't make a CD to go with it and he doesn't want many pictures either.

    I have no idea what to tell him to include, what do you think should be in the book?

    • ANSWER:
      I presume:
      1. being senior students, they already have basic English
      2. the book is to concentrate on conversational English.

      What about a brother (18) and his sister (16) - if one-child only policy precludes this - then his 16 year old cousin who lives with them while she goes to the same senior high school. This leaves it wide open for:
      1. a typical day at school for both, talking to other students, and teachers in class.
      2. what is talked about at home with mum and dad, and what is happening in all their lives (outside of school).
      3. the girl talking to other girls about boys, films, TV and popular culture
      4. the boy about his final exams, and about future work, or further education. He could have conversations with prospective employees, sounding out prospects, or a student advisor about courses and life at university.

      These are things that the readers will be interested in, and be important to, and examples of conversational English encountered in all sorts of situations; and gradually increase their vocabulary and acquaintance with idioms.

  9. QUESTION:
    How do I get started in photography?
    I'm a high school student and I recently just moved to a very green town. I thought it would be a great thing to do because of my love of photography and I don't know anybody so it would be something to do (: Any ideas of how to get started?

    • ANSWER:
      First of all, if you don't already have one, get one. If you can, get a bridge camera or DSLR -- manual settings open up so many more doors than the standard "auto" settings.

      Learn the basics. See if your new high school offers any classes on photography, and if so, consider taking a class. Be sure to check beforehand whether any classes they may offer are film calsses, digital classes, etc.

      If you're not interested in taking a class or that's not an option, get a good book on photography, or at the very least, read up online on the basic facets. Learn about lighting, etc.

      Don't forget to explore the work of others. While you should never explicitly try to "copy" someone else's images and take credit for them on your own, when I was first learning about photography, trying to get the same results as someone else was an important step. I would look at, say, a portrait, and try to duplicate it. We would copy the pose, the lighting, the overall feel of the image. This helped me to understand manual settings, and how to combine them to get a desired affect. Now, as I come up with my own ideas in my head, I can produce my vision more easily.

      Explore everything from a different angle, through a different lens.

  10. QUESTION:
    How do I become a film director?
    I'm a high school student that loves movies. I've recently realised I want to be a director but I don't know the first thing about it. Do you think it would be a good idea for me to start enrolling in a course before I go to college? Also, would UCLA or NYU be a better place to go after I graduate from college. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      1. Make youtube videos or short movies for fun. Be creative with the camera and know the editing jargon.
      2. Enter a screenwriting workshop in your local library or school.
      3. Go to community college first and take all the basic courses with film studies as your extra curriculum.

      These are the earliest steps. Going to film school is a good option but not a thing you need to become a film director.

  11. QUESTION:
    I need to prepare a 10 second speech on why I should be elected to student council. Any Ideas?
    Hello, I am currently running for a position to be in student council this year for my high school. On Friday, we are supposed to film a commercial which will last roughly ten seconds on why the students should vote for a particular candidate. I was wondering if anyone had any helpful ideas, particularly something off-beat and funny considering I only have ten seconds to "win them over" Thanks for the help!

    • ANSWER:
      "Pedro isn't running, vote for me"

  12. QUESTION:
    What are some amazing dramatic high-school theme ideas?
    I really need help with coming up with a dramatic high-school, lifetime effect theme for a film that i am trying to create for my senior project, and I really really need help lol I would really appreciate it thank you!!

    • ANSWER:
      let's say you have a girl who is in a sports team, shes the captain. the team is in line to win state champions. so the pressure is on her. and along the way the coach is constantly training her and always on her back about getting better. he's trying to push her more and more. he tries to make a move on her. she runs away but never mentions it again. the teammates and students in school are all counting on her to win. she starts having mixed thoughts about what happened with her coach and the pressure from her school mates. then she falls badly and her leg gives out during a game. she goes to the hospital and then has to stop playing the sport so she can get better, she find out that she tore something on her leg. so then she's resting trying to get better, flashforward to maybe 3 months. she takes medicine that is prescribed by the doctor, let's say oxycontin. she uses it when she tries to start training again so it would help. her coach starts working with her again and this time he's making one on one training appointments with her. he tries to put the moves on her again. she's scared of him and it makes her want to take more oxycontin. with all the pressure and struggle to get back to normal she starts taking more oxycontin and then becomes addicted. and basically her whole world spirals down from there. no happy ending. maybe she should overdose and die? more dramatic.

      idk. all high school themes are cliche. and this seems kinda cliche but maybe it'll at least help get your brain rolling with more ideas. good luck!

  13. QUESTION:
    Is it illegal for a teacher to film students in class secretly?
    My sister said that when she was in high school, she was taking a test and a student found a camera hidden some where in the classroom recording them while they took the test. The teacher said that it was to catch if anyone was cheating. Most of the students said it was illegal because it was hidden and the teacher didn't send out parental consent for their kids to be video taped. So is it true that it's illegal?

    P.S. My English class just got a new student teacher and she is filming us to send to her professor to evaluate. But she had us get parent signatures.

    • ANSWER:
      There are cameras all over the place. You cannot even go into a 7-11 without having your picture taken. I have cameras in my house in case of theft. Since the cameras were to stop cheating and were never used for anything else, there is no case as there was no harm done. Students do not have any idea what is legal and illegal. Some even think a teacher cannot check their lockers. Student teachers have no authority over anyone in a class and have to be super careful not to offend anyone. The student teacher was sending it to someone else so she needed the permission slips.

  14. QUESTION:
    How does a high school student gain experience to become a TV director?
    I'm mainly talking about a director for ANIMATED TV shows, that don't have live acting and real camera use. How can you get experience for something like that as a student who has yet to start university, and has a busy lifestyle? Please ONLY answer if you are very certain, especially with career requirements like this, or (if possible) an actual director or director to be.

    • ANSWER:
      In high school, it's best to take classes such as these:
      Grade 9
      • English/Language Arts I
      • Algebra I
      • Earth or Life or Physical Science
      • World History
      • Introduction to Arts, Audio/Video Technology and Communications
      • Information Technology Applications
      • Introduction to the Performing Arts and Related Careers

      Grade 10
      • English/Language Arts II
      • Geometry
      • Biology
      • U.S. History
      • Select from the following: Dance Movements, Theory of Music, or Theater and Playwriting Basics

      Grade 11
      • English/Language Arts III
      • Algebra II or Trigonometry
      • Physics
      • Political Science
      • Economics
      • Advanced Study in Field of Choice

      Grade 12
      • English/Language Arts IV
      • Psychology
      • Advanced Study in Field of Choice
      • Visual Elements of Performance

      Although there are no set education requirements for directors, it is a good idea to complete some related post-secondary training. Relevant programs include those in theater arts and directing, film production, and radio and television arts.

      It is extremely rare, however, for new graduates to find work as directors right away. As with all positions in film, TV, or theater, hands-on experience is very important.

      Many directors start out in low-level crew positions, such as grip or production assistant, and gradually work their way to the top. They put in many years working in a variety of production jobs, often in editing, camera, and lighting departments. Other directors have backgrounds as actors.

      When they finally become directors, their first step is usually making commercials or music videos, or directing small plays. With experience, directors may move on to full-length features, TV shows, or larger theater productions.

      Some industry associations offer training programs for aspiring directors. For instance, the Directors Guild of America (DGA) offers the Assistant Directors Training Program for those interested in working in film and television. See the Other Resources section for a link to more information about this program.

      Related College & University Programs:
      Directing and Theatrical Production
      Cinematography and Film/Video Production
      Film/Cinema Studies
      Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

      Other Suggested Qualifications
      Directors must bring a mix of creativity and technical expertise to each of the projects they undertake. They should also be able to work to deadlines and within budget constraints.

      Joining the drama club and working on school plays are good ways to start acquiring theatrical experience. You may also be able to join a local volunteer theater group or dramatic society. Those interested in film and television directing could join a photography club to learn about framing pictures and lighting, or you even borrow a video camera and start practicing.

      You need to be determined and self-motivated to succeed in this profession. You should also enjoy meeting and working with others as part of a team.

  15. QUESTION:
    What is a good film for high school students to critically view?
    They should be viewing for reasons beyond pleasure & entertainment (i.e. theme, mood, sound, lighting, camera angles, etc). I need something under 2 hours in length and G, PG, or PG-13 in rating.

    Ideas?!

    • ANSWER:
      these were the ones studied at my hi-school:
      juno
      american beauty
      the shawshank redemption
      fried green tomatoes at the whistle stop cafe
      dead poets society
      green mile
      shrek
      alex
      river queen
      once were warriors

      i'm from new zealand and the last three are nz films so maybe those will be hard to find epending where you are, don't know about the ratings though

  16. QUESTION:
    How does a high school student gain experience to become a TV director?
    I'm mainly talking about a director for ANIMATED TV shows, that don't have live acting and real camera use. How can you get experience for something like that as a student who has yet to start university, and has a busy lifestyle? Please ONLY answer if you are very certain, especially with career requirements like this, or (if possible) an actual director or director to be.

    • ANSWER:
      Im going into directing also. I took another year of high school to know for sure where to go and how the whole 'system' will work.

      I've been interested in making movies and film my whole life. But, honestly I didn't really know that I was until I thought about it. I always did projects and talked about making films and stuff. and now deciding on a career I recall all those events. Perhaps it was a sign. And that I am a perfectionist who want to be in charge of everything... lol

      so, you better know if this is right for you. It sure sounds and looks easy but its not.

      Just because you want to be a director for animation doesn't mean you need to directly focus on it. Be more general. You need to learn about computers. Take classes about computers. Media Arts, and drama will honestly help too. Sounds like it wont but if you think of what you are doing in drama you will have some great ideas or some ideas that are horrible and you know you should not do use them.

      Once you finish H.S. go for animation in college or something. BUT, be careful as animation classes may sound good for you, but some classes focus away from what you want to learn.

      After that, those with you, keep their contact and try working things out. make some animated films on your own(well group and stuff).

      don't know what else to add.. but, its not going to come right away. H.S. courses for media aren't really that required. Take computer classes and media most importantly. And have good English grades. That's pretty much it for now.

  17. QUESTION:
    What is a good thing to hand out to my class for class elections?
    Im running for president at my high school. We are to hand out some sort of item to all the students! Like necklaces and bracletes etc. I was wondering if you could help me out with new ideas! Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      suggestion that highschool and city public libraries publissh books, films, and such as well as lend them out. ye i know about internet films on you tibe but regular paper backs could be good.
      also since tor publishing which publishes sciencefiction and fantasy says cannot accept all submissions maybe high school libraries and city ones give better chance. the libraries occaisonnaly have things on censorship weeks so should be pleased to create science fiction magazines for students enter contests in or submit anonymously. you know ones like analogue become the next ursula k. leguin, henlein or asimov.

  18. QUESTION:
    How would I become part of the film making industry?
    I have always wanted to be part of the production of movies but I have no idea where to start, where to go, who to contact, etc. I've looked online and found little. It'd be great if someone could help me out and send me on my way. (I am only a junior in high school and I feel college would help get me started but I don't know of any that would do this. If there a few good ones, could those be listed too please?) Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      You need to do a few things to help you. First, look into making films on your own as soon as possible. You'll need to build up a good portfolio so you can get into college. College will help you, but you need to go in for film-making, not media, or communications, or business. Go for film-making. On the east coast, NYU (New York University) is the one to look at. On the west coast, look at some in LA. Go to collegeboard.com and put film-making as your major. Find a couple places to look at.

      You'll build contacts and a reel in college. You can look for an internship, but most of them like to take on college students. So, for now I would work on building your portfolio.

      Any questions you have on portfolio building, film making, or more details, just email me at toasterphantom@yahoo.com. I love helping people with film.

  19. QUESTION:
    Can anyone tell me how college or universities works?
    I'm the first in my family complete any form of education higher than the 3rd grade and will be the first to graduate High School next year. But i'm not sure what college or university I want to attend yet. I have no idea how to apply for scholarships of financial aid. I don't want to go to Wichita State University (closest college to me) as it doesn't offer what i'm looking for. I'm also not even sure I want to go to a traditional college i'd rather go to like a film school or something like that. I'm an honor roll student with almost a 4.0 GPA (math doesn't like me and I don't like it). I've always taken Honors or AP classes which have bored me to death. All I've ever wanted to do was be someone in the Film Industry this has been my dream ever since I was 4. I write, direct, edit, and do all the practical effects for my films and others including school projects and have won contests in the past and film is my passion. So if anyone has any suggestions or advice for me i'd greatly appreciate it.

    PS I'm planning on talking to my counselor or going to my CCC office and seeing what advice they have for me and what I can do to improve my ACT score.

    • ANSWER:
      Congratulations on your success in high school.

      You might consider entering contests for film scholarships or creative arts.

      Here is a list of scholarships for high school juniors:

      http://www.college-financial-aid-advice.com/scholarships-for-high-school-juniors.html

      And one for high school seniors:

      http://www.college-financial-aid-advice.com/scholarships-for-high-school-seniors.html

      Take advantage of all college nights and opportunities that you have to learn about colleges.

      Good luck.

  20. QUESTION:
    Is graduating from high school early a good idea?
    I live in a boring town in Ohio, and would love to go to NYU for the arts program. Film/Acting/etc.

    I'm a freshman, and I really don't want to spend the next for years where I live. There's not any excitement here, and I love the city. I've been thinking about graduating early from my high school, so I was wondering the benefits of it?

    My school has summer school if you want to get classes over in six weeks.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Lalala,

      My feeling the high school experience is over-sold and I was glad to graduate. In my situation I could have graduated a semester early but I chose to stay the year. Why? Personally unless you can graduate a year early I do not see any benefits to graduating a semester early. Reason being many university programs will either limit or will not admit students during second semester. This is because on campus housing, for the most part is full, and entering during the second semester puts a student out of sync with the normal course offering which may result in you having to stay an additional semester to get the courses you need. Another reason I would advise considering this idea closely is due to the extra academic work you will doing in order to graduate early and may have an impact on your emotionally. The impact may be feeling of stress or regret for missing out on things in order to finish school early. Therefore my advice is unless you can graduate high school in three years instead of four then there is no reason to do it.

  21. QUESTION:
    What's something that a group of high school students could do during a long break?
    There are 6 of us, all girls, juniors and seniors. Only one of us would be 18. We live on Long Island, New York. Any ideas of what we could do during a long break? Like going on some sort of trip? Something cheap. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Go to the cInema and watch the latest film
      Go to the shopping mall
      Cherish the moments that you have with them!!! :)

  22. QUESTION:
    What are some interesting facts about the Columbine tragedy?
    I'm doing a presentation about the Columbine High School massacre and i needed some interesting facts. Not the basics like things that most people don't know about it. For example here are a few i was planning to include

    . Harris and Klebold planned the attack to happen on Hitlers birthday April 20 (psychopaths)
    . They recieved their ammunition from K-Mart

    Stuff like that. The weirder the better :)

    • ANSWER:
      Oh my god... I have been waiting for a question like this! I am completely obsessed with the columbine massacre, and have read absolutely every document on it.

      Ok so here goes, with some interesting facts:

      - Eric and Dylan had both been in a juvenile diversion program, and Eric got out early for 'good behvioir'. The judge even said Eric had a great future ahead of him.

      - Dylan went to the prom with a girl who had a crush on him just 4 days before the massacre. The same girl who bought Eric and Dylan some of their guns at a gun show.

      - They planted a diversion bomb miles away from the school set to detonate a few minutes before the massacre, which was the only propane bomb they made that actually worked, and ironically, barely anyone even noticed it.

      - Eric called his sawed off shotgun 'Arlene', after a girl from a video game. I believe it was Doom, seeing as that was his favorite game.

      - Dylan was wrote constantly about being in love with a girl in his school.

      - Most of the library survivors were certain that the voice they heard answer Eric say: Do you believe in god? was Cassie Bernall, however all evidence says it was Valeen Schnurr. The song Cassie by Flyleaf is actually based off of this rumor.

      - Eric turned 18 weeks before the massacre, but still asked his older friend to buy his ammunition from K-Mart even though he was legally aloud to. The night he went to pick it up, (the night before the massacre) his friend asked him: Are you going shooting tonight? And Eric responded: Maybe tomorrow. (I find this hilarious).

      - Eric Harris hated Jews, but didn't realize Dylan was half Jew until just weeks before the massacre. They had known eachother since seventh grade.

      - Dylan nick named himself after his favorite drink, and would often uppercase his initials in the word: VoDKa. Eric nicknamed himself Reb, for the word Rebel, which was also the name for the school mascot. (Columbine High School; Home of the Rebels)

      - Eric had been seeing a therapist, and had taken two different types of SSRI's in the year before the massacre.

      - Before the massacre, Dylan wrote a story about a man who shoots up a high school, explaining the details of his attack on the school, and turned it into his English teacher. When she confronted him, he said it was 'just a story'.

      - Eric got promoted to shift managers at Black Jack Pizza, where he and Dylan worked, just weeks before the massacre. They both took out their paychecks early, to get money to guy Dylan his shot gun.

      - Eric and Dylan both died virgins.

      - In the library, Eric and Dylan saw one of their friends (John Savage) and told him to get out of the school. Only after this funny exchange:
      Savage: what are you doing?
      Dylan: Oh, just killing people.

      - if their bombs hadn't failed in the cafeteria, there would have been more than 488 students dead. Columbine was not only a school shooting, but an attempted bombing.

      - Eric had mentioned in his journal hijacking planes and crashing them into skyscrapers. (Mind you, this is two years before 9/11, so this idea was unheard of)

      - Brooks brown, long time friend of Dylan, filed a lawsuit against Eric for death threats, but they were never actually signed by a judge. Brown also saw Eric and Dylan just moments before the massacre, and was told by Eric to 'go home' because he 'liked him now'.

      - Eric and Dylan filmed hours of tapes in their basements, which the police later named 'the basement tapes' which are set to release to the public about a decade from now.

      I can't think of anymore right now, my heads going to explode >.< well, I hope those were some pretty interesting facts... :)

  23. QUESTION:
    College classes to take while in high school?
    I am a rising junior, and Im going to a high school next year that lets you take college classes at the community college. I will be taking about 3 or 4 college classes next year, and I cant decide which ones. I want to do something interesting but also something not too hard. Anyone have any ideas on classes to take? I'm really interested in science. But I think Biology or other science classes might be too hard, what do you think?

    • ANSWER:
      A lot of high school students at the undergraduate school I attended took classes in Introductory Psychology, Human Biology, English Composition 1, College Algebra or a Fine Arts Class- Theater, Music, Dance or Film Studies. The key is to take your general education core classes because those will be required of you when you gain full admission to any college, so if you can get them done now, you'll be ahead of the game.

      If you're going to take English, skip Biology for now, because the two together will be tough due to the amount of writing for both classes. I'd take Psychology for the humanities requirement, Biology for the science with a lab requirement and then a fun course in the fine arts- anyone that interests you.

  24. QUESTION:
    What career should I pursue/what should I major in college?
    I have no idea what I want to do when I come of age and go to college. I have many interests, and I can't bear just choosing one of them as my career. Can you give me some advice?

    I don't really know where to begin, but I'll just start with what courses I am currently taking and planning to take in high school.
    I am taking basic art courses such as drawing and painting, and have won many competitions and received awards from my artwork. I'm also taking computer science courses and engineering courses. I'm taking all the honors level courses and am planning to take more AP courses once they open up to me. My GPA is very high and I will probably graduate within the top 10 of my school.
    My interests are pretty much in the arts and sciences at this moment, and I feel that I should be pursuing a job in either of those fields. However, I’ve been told that it is very hard to be successful in the arts, and your salaries are quite limited. I recently began thinking that fashion designing would be a fun job, but nevertheless, it’s hard to “get out there” and become known. Another interest I have is in the entertainment field; being an actor would rock, but then again, the chances of becoming a star are slim, and plus my acting is definitely not of Oscar quality. I love to read, and becoming an author would be a dream, but I do not write much, although I do like to write, and I feel that English is my weakest subject.
    My dream job would be one in which I could incorporate all of my interests into one job! Some of my teachers have told me that I am a sort of “Renaissance” person, because I am exceptionally good at many things and subjects. I understand that once I attend college, I probably won’t be the most knowledgeable person on a particular subject.
    I don't mean to make myself sound like some haughty, egotistical person, but I think the statements above are honest and accurate. I am in need your opinions. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! In your post, you can include career suggestions, college suggestions, tips and info on how to determine my major, or anything else that you think might help. Please list your sources if you have any, and post any helpful links. Thanks very much!
    Also: Enjoying my career is a bit more important than the money factor, but I would like to be able to live comfortably and not live a paycheck-to-paycheck life.

    • ANSWER:
      vampire slaying?
      Sorry - bloody annoying and I should know better - people always take the piss out of my name and asume I'm a stripper!!
      More seriously I've heard you can incoprporate art and science by becoming a graphic illustarator for engineering texts and journals. Its really specilist because you have to know the subject/ equiptment etc but also be skilled enough to draw - can you major and minor in two fields you enjoy most and find a way to combine them. Any good at Biology/Zoology/Geography? You could take up photography if you are creatively talented and become a travel/science journalist like for the National Geographic - that's my dream job. Alternatively, communicating science is a skill itself and I know that film/production companies always need science advisors or even presenters for nature programmes or educational TV.
      I had a similar dilemma after high school because I love English and art and am apparentely a good writer but I desperately wanted to work with animals and do something to save endangered species. I ended up taking Zoology BSc at uni and all my English teachers told my parents I was wasting a real talent but now I'm studying for a masters in primate conservation and I still write and paint but its more like my passion. I took up the post as senior reporter for the student newspaper and there are always loads of arty societies to join. This summer I worked at a gibbon sanctuary in Thailand and painted a mural of a rainforest scene with gibbons swingin through the trees on the volunteers lodge. Now I am in the process of writing a booklet for future interns/volunteers on gibbon behaviour/ecology including photos and pictures of all the rescued gibbons. What I'm trying to show is that you will always use your talents in any field so don't feel your decision will mean you will have to give anything up! Being well-rounded is always an advantage so you'll do well whatever you choose :)
      The fantastic thing about being creative is its a natural talent you'll never lose it so pursue the Science as you will expand your knowledge and you'll probably find that art is a great way to relax and use your free time.

  25. QUESTION:
    Can I submit to a movie without having an agent?
    I want to submit my resume and headshot to a casting office for an upcoming movie. I saw the audition posting on a legit website. My question is, is it worth it even though I do not have an agent? I am working on getting an agent. I have been going to an acting school in NY for two years. I go every week and get superior training. I'm doing the film at my high school and auditioning for other student films in NY. I have a ton of dance experience as well as some theater, film, and commercials. So should I just submit without an agent? I know I can't expect much from it, but will it hurt to try? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      You can do it, but it will be a waste of your time. It won't hurt you, as no-one will remember you or think you're a nuisance.

      If that makes you feel good, go ahead.

      Love the idea of "superior" training. You mean, they tell you how to behave as a God?

  26. QUESTION:
    How long does it take to become a good writer?
    I'm going to high school next year and I heard that you have to write a lot. My writing skills suck, and that's putting it nicely. I was wondering how long it takes to become a good writer and how to become a really good writer?

    • ANSWER:
      It takes decades.

      Start by reading. Read all the literature you can. Enjoy and understand the stories; but pay attention to the authors' CRAFT-- how they use the language, how they describe things, how they set up the plot and provide suspense, and so on. There is nothing wrong with sort of copying another author's style, at least when you are getting started. Many people have begun this way. I wrote 'Love Me Do' as a modern (1970s) take on 'The Great Gatsby'. My style is/was very different from Fitzgerald's; but even when I teach 'Gatsby' in the classroom today I am sort of amazed at myself for having understood (and sort of copied) his book so well... when I was 17. And 'Love Me Do' is not at all a bad book.

      The second thing, as you begin to read a lot, is to try to discern good writing from bad. Avoid Nicholas Sparks and Stephanie Meyer. They tell great stories but their craft is not worth emulating. They write after their audience-- 8th-year girls. Move on from that. Read Vonnegut, Rand, Delterfield, Trollope. Explore stuff you never thought you would like. Again, study craft.

      Sting, the bass player for The Police, once said, 'Whenever I run out of song ideas I go back to my craft.' He sits and plays the bass for hours on end, for days on end. And we thought this guy was good; and still he practises. Why? --because there is truth in the adage that one learns well by doing. So, DO. Write everything and anything that comes into your mind. Read, think of something, write that down. Critique films, TV, the books you read-- decide what is bad and good about each. Criticise your own writing from days/months/years ago. Improve it. This is not playing for an audience; it is practice. But it's the only way you can grow. To avoid attempts, even when they (will) end in failure, is to choose to not improve. You can't pitch a ball till you try to do it. So, try. Fail. Learn. Try again. Fail again. Learn more. And repeat.

      As you write, go back to the books you liked, read alternate passages, and compare them. Is your grammar/mechanics/spelling/usage equivalent to that guy's? If not, why not? Evaluate and improve. This is called editing. It's been said that there are no great writers; there are only diligent editors. ALL writers are editors before they are 'famous published authors'. Get out of your head the idea that the first endeavour is the purest, the sweetest, the most valuable because it's so pure and sweet and original. That's Romantic; and whatever they write, NO good writers are purely Romantic. They believe in hard WORK-- and that lies in editing, revising, critiquing, really looking judiciously at what they have written. There is nothing accidental or innocent or pure about it. All art, including literature, must be deliberate. It's what makes it 'art' (artifice, that which Man creates).

      During the editing process, I take my work in a 3-ring binder to the beach. (It's where I live.) I sit there reading like it's someone else's work, like it's from a student or someone, with a blue pen in hand, and truly beat up the whole text. 'Stop repeating,' I write. 'Delete this,' I write. 'What idiot wrote this?' I write. I put myself into the mindset of the reader. Then I fix it so *he* will like it (even when it's just me). It's all about the reader. If you don't serve the reader, why are you writing? You write to be read-- that is the definition of an author. So think of how it reads when you read it. If it rots, fix it. That's your job.

      I'm sorry for preaching at you but there is really no easy way to do this without just DOING it. There is no app for your iPhone that you can buy and install and *become* a good writer. You have to just start doing it, like riding a skateboard. And you will fall on your bottom and become injured-- in this case, in your EGO-- and you deserve to get slapped about a bit by it and then you will learn. And you will go at it again, and again. And then you will have succeeded, because YOU will have succeeded. And no-one can ever take that from you.

      There are plenty of easier things to do. You could sell flowers in a shop. You could flip burgers at McDonald's. You could deliver newspapers (does anyone still do that?). But you want to write. So what are you reading this drivel for? Start writing.

  27. QUESTION:
    How long will it take me to learn a language?
    So I plan on being an exchange student my sophmore or junior year in high school. I am not really sure what country I want to go to but I know I want a country that doesn't really speak English. I am just kinda scared I won't learn the language. So can you please tell how long it took you to learn a new language as an exchange student. Also it would be helpful if you gave me ideas of where to go.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, take it easy. Undoubtedly, you reach a wise decision. More and more people have started to learn a foreign language in order to make a difference in their future.

      In terms of how long it takes to learn a language, I think it depends on your personal effort, learning strategy as well as the level you want to achieve. I'd like to take Chinese as an example (for Chinese is very popular and widely used in the world).

      Needless to say, personal effort means a lot in learning, The success turns on your unremitting efforts. Practice makes the perfect, that's the truth.

      As for learning strategy, you need to find the methods which can arouse your interest and improve your efficiency during your practice. Besides, I can offer you some tips from my experience. Since you are a beginner, I suggest you take Chinese lessons. Both local classes and online lessons are Ok. It depends on your free time.
      Firstly, keeping reading a short Chinese text and writing a new character every day.
      Secondly, add native Chinese speakers who want to learn English on your Skype and do language exchange with them. This is an effective way to practice your oral Chinese. Also, you can learn very authentic expression of words and slang.
      Thirdly, always visiting Chinese learning websites to know idioms, culture, custom and classic usage of Chinese. Do some exercises to strengthen what you’ve learned.
      Fourth, watching TV series, shows and films will practice your listening. You can also learn some fashionable words and good expressions.

      Then, you need to take the level you want to achieve into consideration. The better you want to become, the longer it will take.

      See, it's really hard to tell you the certain time it will take to learn a language because of these factors I have mentioned above. However, once you make up your mind, just do it. Sometimes I also have some confusion in learning the foreign language, so I guess we have a lot to share, contact me at jennifer.zhu6@gmail.com.

  28. QUESTION:
    How to still be successful with low grade 12 finial marks?
    Alright, so my final exam marks had come back today and I don't know what to think. Yes, I am the kind of student to try hard in class and get good assignment grades, but low test marks. That was my overall problem throughout high school. I still have one semester left, but my final grades in important courses such as Math 30-1, Biology and English were in the low 60s. I am worried that I won't be able to get into a good college or receive a good education that could allow me to get a well paying job. I have been worried sick about these results because although I thought I did well, tests for me usually work out that I miss a few small elements and end up with my marks as low as the 50s and 60s. It's not a nice flaw to have, and there are many times that I just try so hard to consume as much information as I can in classes and assignments so I can carry on my intelligence to exams, tests, quizzes and diploma / departmental / finial exams. It nearly never happens. Can someone give me some ideas or anything that I can think about or consider to get a good education. I know that I mustn't be the only concerned student in the world, but currently I do feel very unwell about my future. I would love to know how graduates such as I can go about receiving a good education. Thank you so kindly. And just a P.S., I have been told that I have brought this upon myself by not doing so well in examinations throughout the year, and I promise you, I am not stupid. I can learn just as easy as everyone else, and I do do my homework, but... I am crushed with these final marks. Sorry, I am getting off topic, but anyways, I will conclude here before I trail off again. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Post secondary education is not for everyone, and there are a lot of "C" students who start college or University and end up dropping out because the work is too hard for them. If your grades in high school are in the 60's, you will definitely fall into this category of people and are best not even wasting your time and money on university. There are a lot of great trades where you can make ,000 or more after 5 years = carpentry/woodworking, steel fabrication, auto/airplane mechanics, welding, etc. A good plumber can even make as much as 0,000 per year. Each of these requires only an Apprenticeship or Certificate from a Trade School or Community College - no math or other general education courses required. And, you will certainly have a brighter future than the misguided students who paid for a 4 year University education in Film Production or Fashion Design and will most likely never have a real job in their chosen field.

      You have a lot of potential - you just need to keep reminding yourself of it!

  29. QUESTION:
    I have a drama class and need a good movie for them to watch about acting, drama, or theatre, any ideas?
    I don't want anything that just has a play in the back ground (like high school musical, confessions of a teenage drama queen, or walk to remember) but something that really teaches about acting. I can also be something that is filmed as a play or has elements of theatre in it. They are middle school students and so should be age appropriate for 12 and 13 year olds.

    • ANSWER:
      well, this may fall into the category that you don't want but Get Over It with Kristen Dunst and Collin Hanks, they do a production of A Mid-Summer Night's Dream, in it there is a guy that who doesn't really act but ends up with one of the leads so she kind of has to teach him, but it's mostly just a teen romance movie. Shakespeare in Love would be a great choice, but may be a little mature for that crew, you could fast forward the sex scene (they did that when we watched titanic when I was in grade 8) The Importance of Being Earnest is based on a great play and probably appropriate. Another option would be to look into documentaries about producing plays. Hope this helped

  30. QUESTION:
    How would an actress try to find out about Auditions without having an agent or even paying money?
    I'm 18 still in high school and don't have any money so I can't afford an agent but I'd like to hear about local auditions in Cuyahoga Falls Ohio. Any ideas?
    I'm mostly looking at auditions for local theaters nothing big.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm an LA Actor giving you the REAL DEAL!

      Here's the cliffsnotes version of what you can do to do to get into acting and eventually get an agent:

      1.EDUCATE YOURSELF FIRST!

      READ (check Samuel French, libraries, and bookstores):

      *=Highly recommend

      Acting business:
      *Acting is Everything: Gold Edition-Judy Kerr
      *How to Be a Working Actor-Mari Lyn Henry and Lynne Rogers
      *Self Management for Actors-Bonnie Gillespie
      -How to Get Arrested-J. Wallach Michael and Paul Thurwachter
      *An Agent Tells All-Tony Martinez
      -How To Book Acting Jobs in TV and Film-Cathy Reinking
      -One Less Bitter Actor: The Actor's Survival Guide-Markus Flanagan
      -So You Want to Be in Showbusiness?- Steve R. Stevens
      -Acting Truths and Lies (purchased at www.info4actors.com)

      Acting:
      *Book the Job-Doug Warhit
      *Intent to Live-Larry Moss
      -Acting for the Camera-Tony Barr
      -Acting in Film-Michael Caine
      -Acting Class: Take a Seat-Milton Katselas

      Method Acting:
      *Art of Acting-Stella Adler
      -Sanford Meisner on Acting-Sanford Meisner
      -A Dream of Passion-Lee Strasberg
      *Actor's Art and Craft-William Esper
      -The Power of the Actor-Ivanna Chubbuck
      -No Acting Please-Eric Morris
      -Respect for Acting-Uta Hagen
      -Challenge to the Actor-Uta Hagen
      -You Can Act!-D.W. Brown
      -Strasberg’s Method-Lorrie Hull

      Comedy
      *8 Characters of Comedy-Scott Sedita
      -The Sitcom Career Book-Mary Lou Belli

      Improv
      -Anything by Viola Spolin
      -Steve Book on Acting: Improv
      -Improvise: Scene from the Inside Out-Mick Napier

      Auditioning/Cold Reading:
      *How to Get the Part Without Falling Apart-Margie Haber
      *Audition-Michael Shurtleff
      *The 15 Guideline Map to Booking-Amy Lyndon
      -Secrets to Successful Cold Readings-Glenn Alterman

      2.GET TRAINING!

      Regardless of how "naturally talented" you might be, you NEED training, PERIOD!

      Definitely take classes in:
      -Cold Reading/Auditioning
      -Improv
      -Scene study
      -Commercials

      3. Get GREAT headshots

      Here's is a good place to start:

      http://bbs.backstage.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/8011031/m/246101692

      4. Build Your Resume and Reel Doing Student films and Indie Films. Also do plays to build your acting experience.

      Sample Resume:

      How to make an ACTING resume:
      http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20091011203729AAkQetj

      The ONLY LEGIT Online sites that you can find jobs on your own through:
      ALL SITES NOT LISTED BELOW ARE QUESTIONABLE!

      -ActorsAccess.com
      -LACasting.com
      -Nowcasting.com
      -NYCasting.com
      -NYCastings.com
      -Backstage.com

      Free but proceed with caution:
      -Castingcallsearch.com
      -Mandy.com
      -Craigslist

      5. Get an Agent

      Look up LEGIT agencies here:
      http://www.agentassociation.com/

      http://www.sag.org/content/find-agent

      To get an agent, you need to get GREAT headshots, a good resume, and training from the best. These are enough to get you a commercial agent at least. Getting a GOOD theatrical agent (Film/tv) takes longer. Most good theatrical agents won’t see you unless you’re SAG, have a polished resume, and a demo reel. Commercial agents are more lenient about that. What the best Commercial agents want to see on your resume are good commercial classes, improv, and cold reading.

      You can get an agent multiple ways. Here are a few common ways:
      -Mail in an unsealed manilla envelope with a CONCISE coverletter and headshot with the resume stapled on the back. If you have a demoreel include that too.
      -Attend a showcase and impress them. By showcase I do not mean scammy conventions like IMTA, IPOP, Proscout, or Best New Talent. I mean legit ones like at Actor Connection, Reel pros, Network Studios, etc.
      -Get a referral from a friend who is with the agency that you’re interested in

      DON’T
      -Email them unless they tell you to. IT’S UNPROFESSIONAL!
      -Call unless they tell you to. ALSO UNPROFESSIONAL!
      -Walk in and ask for a meeting. UNPROFESSIONAL THREE!
      -Sign with them if they ask for upfront money, make you take new photos with THEIR photographer, or take THEIR classes. Agent’s ONLY make money when you do. Agents usually make 10% on film/tv and commercials and 20% on commercial print

  31. QUESTION:
    I'm looking for advice on doing a fashion photography project?
    I'm taking a high school advanced photography class, and our next assignment is to do a fashion photography shoot. We shoot black and white film, primarily 35mm SLR, although we can use medium and large formats if we wish. We have a full photography studio, so we can use studio lighting and backdrops and such.

    I've never done anything close to fashion photography and have really no idea how to go about this project. I picked up a couple fashion magazines (Vogue, Bazaar, Elle) and have been looking through them for inspiration, as well as looking for tips from instructional books.

    So, if anyone here is involved in glamour or fashion photography, it would be really helpful if you'd give me some advice as to how to prepare, what sort of things are helpful with shooting, anything you think it would be good to know.

    Thanks so much!

    • ANSWER:
      Hello,

      Your best bet will be to visit the library or a bookstore.
      There are tons of books on both glamour and fashion photography.

      The hard part is going to be the subject.
      A professional model is really easy to photograph. It's hard to make them look bad.

      Your job is going to be harder, most likely, working with armature models.

      You will need to make sure that your model has on her best game face and her best game walk. By making positive reinforcing statements. It's all there in the books.

      Being an advanced photography student ... you know the larger the negative the better the print so I would opt for medium format. I do my best work with tools I find comfortable. If you find a twin lens reflex a bit alien after cultivating a relationship with a 35mm ... try to get a hold of a medium format SLR .. like a Pentax 645.

      My passion is for natural backdrops. This means taking the models to the streets.

      I look for old brick buildings with ancient fire escapes. These are great for fashion shoots!

      Because of all the straight lines and hard angles I use a medium format bellows camera with tilt and shrift for parallax correction.

      The time of day is important to make the most of natural light. I fill with reflectors and strobes. The reflectors are handheld so I need at least two assistants.

      Bus terminals, train stations, cafeterias, construction sites are all fair game.

      Here's an idea ... find a very busy location with people in motion. Take a time exposure so that the crowd is a blur but your model is as sharp as a tack.

  32. QUESTION:
    What is an easy experiment/s to do for making a research paper on it?
    This is for my high school project. I need an easy experiment that would take like a few days to finish and do a research paper on it that would take like 1 or 2 weeks or a few days.I need this to happen so i won't feel so stressed out cos we have many schoolworks to do.

    • ANSWER:
      Here is a list of ideas that you might find helpful:
      (Good Luck with your project!)

      *Which brand of microwave popcorn leaves the least unpopped kernels? Hint - Glue the unpopped kernels onto the board for a project that will catch the judge’s eye.

      *Which keeps bread from growing mild the longest - saran wrap, ziploc bags, or aluminum foil?

      *Does the color of the paper a test is printed on affect the student’s scores on the test?

      *Does the color of paper a story is printed on affect the rate at which you read?

      *Which type of doormat removed the most amount of dirt from shoes?

      *Which brand of spraypaint fades the least in the sun?

      *Which brand of motor oil stays the cleanest over a 30 day period?

      *Which color is most predominant in a bag of m&m’s?

      *Can people tell the difference between caffeinated and uncaffeinated cola?

      *Which type of program has the most commercials - cartoons, game shows, or sit-coms?

      *Which day of the week do the stores have the most basic in stock?

      *How many times must a 15 year old listen to a pop song before they learn the words to it?

      *Which brand of films has the brightest colors when developed?

      *Does a throwaway camera give the same quality of pictures as the same manufacturer’s roll of film in a non-disposable camera?

      *Will water boil faster on the stove or in the microwave?

      *Does music affect a plant’s growth?

      *Does color affect appetite? Make sugar cookies and dye them different colors and see which color people eat more of.

      *Does restricting the senses of sight and/or smell affect the taste of food?

      *Which brand of T-shirt will stay in the best condition over 30 washings?

      *Does music affect your appetite? Weigh your food before and after each dinner and change the music each night. Do this for one week and see which kind of music resulted in you eating the most amount of food. Could do this also for the amount of light instead of music

  33. QUESTION:
    What extracurricular activities will help me get into college?
    I want to get into Chapman University. Private college, and I go to private high school.
    What types of clubs, activities, or extracurricular things will help me get accepted?

    • ANSWER:
      First you need the grades and SAT scores. Luckily, Chapman isn't super tough to be admitted to, and it is a very good college. (They get less applications than colleges like UCLA and USC, from a more specific group of students.) Unless you're thinking about attending film school or one of the other competitive programs at Chapman, then admissions is much tougher.

      What is your Passion? You want your extracurriculars and community service to encompass your Passion. While you want to be somewhat well-rounded, you want to have Focus and Depth in your extracurriculars. You don't want to be scattered. If your passion is acting, and you want to be in a drama program in college, you might volunteer teach acting to underprivileged children, perform in your school's plays, take drama classes in school and out, enter acting competitions or Comedy Sportz and win, write plays or scripts, enter them into contests and win, participate/intern in community theatre, direct a play through school or elsewhere, work on a student film. For whatever is your Passion, you can find plenty of extracurriculars and community service opportunities. Ask the college counselor at your school for ideas if you can't think of any.

      It's good if you have a sport, and maybe a general community service activity, like Leo Club. Leadership positions for teams and clubs, and things like student senate are good. Like you might join your language club (French, Spanish, etc) and try to become President or VP, same for Leo Club, etc.

      While you probably don't really know what you want to do with your life now, it's good to choose something if you have an idea, especially for the more competitive schools. Of course, you can change your mind later on.

      Have you done a tour at Chapman yet? We did at the end of summer, very impressive, especially Dodge College film school.

      In case you didn't know, there is a Discover Chapman Day on Saturday, October 30th. Sign up here:
      http://www.chapman.edu/admission/visit/discover.asp

      Good luck!

  34. QUESTION:
    What are some VERY general estimates of film costs?
    I have to do a movie project for a high school class and it requires a budget breakdown. I was wondering if anyone knew how much a crew costs, how much cgi costs, and how much studio space costs (you can base estimates on other movies).
    General estimates are more than sufficient.
    Also, please, if you provide an answer can you site your source or at least your name so I can give you credit? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      your question is impossible to answer because the real answer is "it depends." let me see if I can break it down for you a bit:
      to make a movie you probably need:
      a director
      a cinematographer (guy in charge of lighting)
      a sound guy (guy in charge of recording sound)
      a writer
      two actors (or more)
      an editor
      when I did school projects they all got paid zip.

      but if you were to pay them, it would probably be based on number of days they worked. how do you estimate that? depends on your script length. a page of standard formatted script runs at one minute for each page. So a 2 hour movie is about 120 pages long. how long is yours?
      a crew can be as complicated as hair/make-up, wardrobe, props, grip, best boy, script girl, etc., etc. etc... or if you did them like we did, everybody held multiple jobs.
      plus, a camera
      some film....
      what you need is to find a production budget spreadsheet. or read Robert Rodriguez book on filmmaking.
      are you shooting film? or digital. Film requires you to process the film and transfer it so you can edit it. Digital saves you money. you can look at what you shot right away and import it into your computer to edit.
      Digital is also more forgiving - meaning you won't have to rent or borrow lights to see what's going on in the scene. you can use "available light" to shoot your scenes.
      you also need to consider paying for rental of locations, costumes, props and stuff like that. and food for the cast and crew. again, if you use the rodriguez method, he created a script using stuff he already had access to and people who were already interested in doing it for free.and they made spaghetti to feed everybody.
      cgi? that's crazy talk unless you know somebody who can do that as a favor. other things you'll have to consider after the shoot is paying for music, sound effects, color correction, dubs, titles... and the list goes on. check out web sites like filmmaker.com to look for answers to your questions.
      I'd suggest you find someone who owns a digital camera and make him/her the director. find someone who has an editing program on their computer and make him/her the editor. then get together with some friends who want to "star" in a short film and brainstorm simple story ideas. It could be story as simple as wimpy guy trying to make it through the day without the neighborhood bully catching him, or a poor girl trying to raise money to buy a new swim suit for a cool pool party, or a kid who's afraid of the dark trying to make it through the night when his parent left town.
      George Washington by David Gordon Green; Straight Out of Brooklyn and Mariachi are three films made by guys who did a lot with very little.
      If you do this right, you should only have to pay for digital film tape and some DVDs to burn. You shouldn't try to be "professional" and budget studio space or hire actors. since you're learning the biz, do it with others who have a desire to try something without pay.
      as a student, you should spend more time worrying about telling a story that people want to watch than going for a high budget "studio" effects.

      in film school I made a 5 minute movie about a women who was driving around the neighborhood on her way to get her new dog. the trick was, she was really stalking the neighborhood and when she found the perfect dog, she jumped out of the car, grabbed it and took off. it was a shocker ending that film festivals loved. simple idea - One actor, one car, one director, one camera guy. one editor. one dog.
      everything starts with the script. do you have one?
      hope this helps.
      what you're doing right is asking questions. keep doing that. it's the only way you'll learn what you don't know.
      good luck.

  35. QUESTION:
    What should an Australian girl expect when moving to the USA?
    So pretty much I'm 15 yrs old and moving from Australia to Los Angeles and I have know idea what to expect at school and in general
    Will I get treated differently because I'm not from America and because I'm new?
    What are high schools in California like in general?
    What is the vibe with teens and life in general life in LA?
    Please help!
    Thanks so much!!
    I've also only lived in Australia all my life and never been to America before

    • ANSWER:
      Assuming you are moving the the USA with your parents, you should try to find out which school you will attend. Then make contact with the school and ask to be put in contact with one or more students from the grade you will be in. Try to ask for kids with approximately the same interests, so (for example) if you are in the band at your current school then ask to communicate with people in the band where you expect to go. They can best provide information on day-to-day reality.

      They will be fascinated by your accent.

      Few Americans will know much about Australia and what they do know will be mostly from the entertainment media. They are unlikely to know about Australian sports/sports teams or Australian politics. Don't let it bother you.

      Realize almost everything you think you know about the USA is also from cinema and TV, which are gross exaggerations of reality. The same regarding what most Americans think they know about Australia. For example, what impression of Australia would you have if you had only ever seen shows like "Crocodile Hunter" or films like "Crocodile Dundee"? (yes, you will probably be asked about crocodiles, kangaroos, and koala bears).

      People who move somewhere different go through a cycle of emotions. At first, everyone & everything is interesting & wonderful. Then everyone & everything becomes annoying & "stupid" (not as good as home). It's a form of homesickness. Eventually, you adjust and the new place becomes "normal". It is worse for kids but your parents will also probably go through the emotional cycle. It helps to stay in contact with friends & family "back home", and getting care packages with favorite treats not available in the USA is a good thing. The Internet (ex. Skype) makes staying in contact much more practical + cheaper than it once was.

      Hint: Take multiple official copies of important documents, such as your birth certificate, school transcripts, and medical records (including vaccination records).

      Best wishes!

  36. QUESTION:
    I am planning on writing a story?
    I want to write a story and want some tips on how to go about writing a very good one. Also does anyone have any like plt ideas, I was thinking about wrting it on vampires and high school students and stuff. What do you people think.

    • ANSWER:
      Go for it but don't expect it to sell. As already said it's been done so many times.
      The thing is about writing, if you don't have any ideas of your own you'll never be able to write anything. Don't follow ideas that you've seen on television it'll suck (no pun intended) More people will have seen them than at the movies. Be original. Once you start writing, ideas should just fall out of your head..
      It's nice to know people still have a passion about writing. Good luck.

      P.S.
      I once wrote a script about a hopeless (crazy) film director who wanted to make a horror movie about about students being slaughtered on a college campus. The whole joke was it's been done so many times before, and he kept f*cking up and couldn't get it right.
      You can get one of those books on names they do for baby naming. They give the meanings of the names. You can pick them up dirt cheap at charity book shops.
      One of my characters once, was 'Blind Haynes the highwayman'
      'Haynes' means to help oneself. You get the picture?

  37. QUESTION:
    Would moving to Dallas, Texas to pursue acting be a good choice?
    I currently live in Brooklyn, NY. I know NY is a good place, but since I do not have any experience in the business outside of middle/high school, would it be a smart choice? Without considering the whole move to another state, getting a car, etc...(I moved from Texas to NY so I have all of that taken care of if I move back...I know I probably should have looked into this before I moved, but that's in the past). Just talking about the business side of things and the best opportunities for work, commercial/tv/film with no experience or an agent... I only have head shots. I appreciate any advice.
    I just wanted to add Houston, Texas in the discussion as well.

    • ANSWER:
      Why would you move from NY to Texas for acting? You are in the second largest market for acting after LA. Dallas or Houston don't even figure in the top 5 as Chicago, Miami and San Francisco are larger markets for acting with more commercial/tv/film work, more theatre, etc.

      You would be much better off staying in Brooklyn, looking in Backstage newspaper for auditions with small theatre companies to build up your resume, and registering with legitimate casting sites like actorsacces.com and nycasting.com. Also contact schools like NYU Film Department to find out where they list auditions for student films as that's a great way to get experience and build up your resume. And you have no idea that the student you are working with is not going to become some famous director in a few years, or that the student film might not end up in a film festival

  38. QUESTION:
    How to convince my parents to let me choose my college major?
    I come from a Muslim South Asian background, so in my parents' view it's kind of set that they get to pick my career and college and I just have to go with it. They want me to go to a UC and do engineering or something in the medicine field and become a doctor, etc. I've been trying to force myself to go with this for the past few years but I've just come to the conclusion that I absolutely hate the both of these, I'm not good with any of it, I don't understand it, it's not the least bit interesting, and if I was forced to do this my entire life I would honestly probably just end up killing myself.

    I'm REALLY passionate about film and working in the film industry. I already have done a few short films and know a lot about the technology and want to go to USC to major is cinematography & film production. I've spent so much of my time learning about everything in the past few years. My parents think this is the dumbest idea ever and say USC is horrible and that this is just a stupid hobby I need to let go of. Also, the school is private so it's expensive and they don't want to pay for it. When I told them I wanted to do that they scolded me and said I was being crazy and that no daughter of theirs would ever do this. I ultimately think that it's because they want me to be rich and successful and just have the name "doctor" in front of me.

    I'm only a sophomore in high school right now, but I am absolutely positive this is what I want to do as a career and there are film courses available at universities around me I can take as a high schooler to get a head start and better chance, but of course, parents won't let me.

    How can I convince them to let me do what I want? I don't want to be forced to do something I don't want to. It's my life after all, not theirs. PLEASE PLEASE help, I'm so desperate. If I can't do film, I'd just want to do nothing at all because there's nothing else for me. please and thank you in advance, i'm open to any answers I just need help
    I don't really care about the pay of the career as long as it's enough to live sufficiently. I'd rather have a low pay job that makes me happy than a really high paying job that makes me feel miserable. :)

    • ANSWER:
      The chance to get one of the 54 spaces in USC SCA film & tv production is less than 5%, and many of those spaces go to applicants who will be accepted to top Ivies (2350+ SAT, 4.0 unweighted in the most rigorous classes), they use it to draw them from the Ivies with full tuition scholarships, the Thematic Options program, special scholarship housing, etc. So don't fight with your parents on the chance that you'd be admitted, because the odds are extremely heavily against it. It's more competitive than Harvard and I know kids who were accepted to both Harvard and USC SCA.

      The other good film programs in the area are also extremely competitive (Chapman Dodge, LMU), and UCLA's is a junior transfer program (from UCLA, and other UC's and colleges) with an admit rate of 3%, so you can't apply as a freshman.

      I know a kid who was in the same situation as you, his parents insisted he go into engineering even though he wanted to do film or they would not pay. USC would have cost him about 00 more a year than UCLA (after aid, scholarships, etc), so he ended up at UCLA. It is very hard / impossible to get film classes if you're not in film at UCLA, but he is in an extracurricular film club, making films, entering festivals, having a great time. The weird thing is, both of his parents are underemployed or unemployed engineers, very respected in their fields but not fully employed, and the kid has been earning money assisting in film projects since he was in high school. So go figure.

      Some things to consider, if you take enough APs in high school, you may be able to graduate from USC in 3 years, therefore saving a year's cost of attendance. For some programs, you can graduate in 4 years with a Masters. UCLA may take longer than 4 years to graduate. You can take film classes at USC even if you aren't in the film program, not all, but many of them. USC is actually more prestigious than UCLA with employers, they have an amazing alumni network, the classes are more rigorous (kids from my son's local private school say UCLA is like 9th grade level and they're in the most difficult classes, USC is more difficult), there is no comparison with community spirit. USC is more competitive for admissions, the 3.8 average unweighted GPA of admitted students is a very strong 3.8 as it gets a lot of applicants from top public or private schools where the curriculum is very rigorous. Their admitted freshman average SAT score is 100+ points higher than UCLA's, around 2140.

      For Film Graduates, an Altered Job Picture
      http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/05/movies/film-school-graduates-job-prospects-at-usc-nyu-ucla.html?_r=0

      The chance that you'd ever pay your rent from making movies is about zero. USC graduates end up as assistants (not asst directors, but like a secretary). The way you get to direct movies is by making your own movies that are noticed in film festivals, then you get a development deal, then you have to remake your movie in a bigger expensive way, or do a new bigger movie, and finance it all yourself, no help from the studio or production company, and then once you secure financing (enough to buy a nice condo or house in LA), then if your distribution deal hasn't expired, the studio or production company will help you get distribution. They prefer to do these deals with grads from top film programs, or top college like the Ivies. Most films are never made, it's just too hard to get the financing together. This is Development he!! you might have heard about.

      Unless you're of National Merit Scholar level, the chance of being admitted to a top med school is 2% to less than 10%. Engineering isn't a great field right now either.

      If your parents won't allow you to apply to film programs, and unless you really are competitive for admission, why get into fights over it, attend a college where you can take film classes, and production classes if possible (most don't have any I think), and have outside production opportunities through clubs, etc. It's likely easier to get film classes at UC's other than UCLA, but UCLA has a strong film club. UC Irvine has a growing film community outside of their film studies program. http://clubs.uci.edu/fada/ As a very involved parent, I can't imagine your parents are going to have total control over you, especially if you live on campus.

      Oh, and stop being so over dramatic, it's hard to take you seriously and film is a very serious business. If you act like that, it's like you are clueless and don't stand a chance in this very competitive field. It's a tough field for tough competitive people.

      Good luck!

  39. QUESTION:
    What are some decent universities in London that aren't extremely difficult to get into?
    I'm from the US. Had some pretty good grades in high school, also have a pretty good SAT score. I know the UK runs on a completely different school system than "high school". I'd love to study in London, Bristol, or Brighton, but I'm not opposed to other cities in the UK/Ireland. I'd like to study something in media arts. Possibly film, broadcasting, or media management. What are some decent universities that would be pretty easy to get into? Please be helpful, if not, don't answer.

    • ANSWER:
      As in the US, the main focus is on your portfolio. You still need a basc good academic record, bt this varies from place to place- some need 3 APs, some 2, some none. General advice for a good academic college http://www.qmul.ac.uk/international/countries/usa/index.html

      you can apply to any art course you like (all uni's accept international students), and you make a single application via UCAS, which then emails your application to each place (not you, as happens in the US, i think). most accept online or cd portfolios, tho check before applying whether youd have to come over for interview. if you can afford it, id suggest you come for a week anyway, and visit a few places- what you see online will be immesurably different to what you find, and you could easily do a couple a day if youre organised. youd also get an idea of the feel of the town etc.

      there are rankings for art courses in the uk, but theyre largely irrelivant, as 'art and design' covers anything from fine art to textiles degrees (bit like comparing maths with english courses), plus it doesnt properly break down colleges & uni's themselves (eg-'the university of the arts' is listed as a single college, but is 6 very different, separate ones, some good, some bad).
      soooo.....

      middlesex, on the outskirts of london is a bit... low. i visited it, was depressed, ran away. avoid. LCC, which is in london (part of uni of the arts ) is TERRIBLE- looks good on paper, is baaaad in RL. reading is ok, but an ugly town. leeds very good, northern town. westminster might suit you. its on the borderline between very good and good, w a good film course. roehampton might be another one, GORGEOUS campus, outskirts of london http://www.roehampton.ac.uk/undergraduate-courses/film/index.html falmouth, in the far south west of the country, is VERY cute, beautiful, and beside the beach (GORGEOUS town people go on holiday in, very chilled and laid back, lovely countryside around). please go there so i can come and stay~ film http://www.falmouth.ac.uk/201/courses-7/undergraduate-courses-42/film-bahons-degree-170.html digital media http://www.falmouth.ac.uk/201/courses-7/undergraduate-courses-42/digital-media-bahons-degree-56.html

      excellent- central st martins & camberwell (uni of the arts), goldsmiths, edinbrugh, UAL (the slade art college), brighton and bournemouth, and obviously the national film school, which is excellent http://www.nftsfilm-tv.ac.uk/ and certainly worth a look.

      remember also that film courses tend to be divided between fine art film, & a more commercial/technical approach. you might also consider learning graphic design, as some courses allow you to specialise in film/tv etc. "media management" is not really something which will land you a job- youd in fact be better off doing a traditional course like english lit or philosophy (demonstrates you can think, argue etc) as they're more highly thought of. most people who work in the non creative side of tv/film have academic degrees like that, and 'media management' courses are...kind of looked down upon (sorry to say it, ha ha). since film & tv are based in london, bristol & anchester here, it makes sense to go to unis in those cities, as you'll have a hence of making contacts while studying. i know people who work in film, tv and radio (bbc radio is the finest in the world, w a very high reputations for arts broadcast)- NONE did film, journalism, tv etc courses- all did history, english etc at top uni's. a woman i know who's a tv producer, and used to be a comissioning head and producer at bbc radio 4 (arts radio station) did an english degree. journalists i know (tv and national newspapers) did english, philospohy, history etc...

  40. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to display information on a poster to high school children aged 13-14 yrs?
    I am a university student creating a a poster about child labour in Britian today which is suitable for 13-14 yr olds. I am planning to use short paragraphs and pictures but am looking for other ideas. Are cartoons too young or would they draw attention? How about anything interactive? Any help would be much appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      See if you can show it with pictures, rather than with words. Like they do in film. Cartoons can be good at any age, you'll be able to figure out what is age appropriate. If there is something with an ah ha factor, you might think about putting open-up flaps with something underneath. However, that will mean a lot of touching of the poster.

      If you know any young teens, ask them what they think. They're usually very blunt with their opinions at that age. = )

      Good luck!

  41. QUESTION:
    What jobs can you get if you go into art?
    I'm in high school, currently battling a dilemma between taking science courses to become a pediatrician which will pay well but I don't think I'll enjoy the routine work or take a few art courses, only I don't exactly know what jobs can come from that. Some ideas could be commercial artist or even something to do with film because I like making short movies.

    Can anyone give me any outlook if I went with art, what degrees I would need and where I would go? Salary and job descriptions included? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      An art appraiser is very interesting. There are job opportunities in large insurance companies for appraising paintings, sculptures, tapestries etc...
      Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), founded in 1877 in Providence, RI, is a vibrant community of artists and designers that includes 2,200 students from around the world, approximately 350 faculty and curators, and 400 staff members. Each year more than 200 prominent artists, critics, authors and philosophers visit our historic College Hill campus.
      http://www.risd.edu/aboutrisd.cfm

  42. QUESTION:
    How do I figure out my character type?
    I am in Advanced Acting in high school and I was given the assignment of cutting a monologue from a character that 'stretches' my type. As in the opposite of me. But I have no idea how to even find my type and was wondering if there was a way to figure it out on my own. My cut monologue is due at the end of this week.
    If it's any help, I was type-cast as Sister Mary Leo for our theatre department's production of Nunsense.

    • ANSWER:
      Your character type is about how other people see you. Sometimes your acting type is completely different than who you are as a person.

      Your age has a part in character types Playing a grandmother or a divorced mother of 3 would be a bit of strech for a high schooler.

      Look at your physical appearance in a mirror. Are you physically an ingénue (young innocent)? A young leading woman? A character/comedienne/best friend/supporting actor? Then there is more specific typing, such as a do you look upscale/sophistcated? country? hip/trendy? nerd/geeky? goth? party girl? innocent? studious? upper class? lower class? intense? free-spirited? soft? hard? winner? loser? straight-A student? troublemaker? princess? spoiled? Things like that.

      If you have trouble judging your own looks then think about people who look similar to you in plays, films or television. What sorts of roles are they playing? Or what kind of roles could you never picture them playing (which would be the opposite of your acting type).

      What types of roles are you usually cast in? Is there a pattern? Are you usually cast in comedies more than drama? Do you always play the '"sweet young thing" instead of the mean party girl?

      I don't know if you have time, but there's always the appropach of putting together a questionnaire asking about how people about they think your age is, personality, appearance and the like. (You can list things like I did above and have people check off what they think apply to you.) Then question teachers, friends, and some strangers that you meet at a party, waiting in line at the store, etc. Let them know that you need them to be honest and you won't be offended - which means that you have to accept what they say with no comment even if you don't like it. And remember this is not about who you really are as you know yourself - just about how people perceive you at that moment.

      Good luck.

  43. QUESTION:
    I am a senior in high school who is going to major in film in college. What programs?
    I've made multiple films with iMovie and what not but I think I am ready to start using and getting used to more professional programs like After Effects and Final Cut Pro. So, my question is, what program should I get if I want to add effects in such as explosions, muzzle flairs, etc. I have used Final Cut in some video classes army school but I wanted to hear someone else's opinion. I really started looking into it after realizing how much a student discount can get you. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Ok well final cut pro and after effects are two different types of programs.

      Final cut pro is an editing software used to compile footage, audio, and music into your project.

      After effects is a compositing software used to achieve certain visual effects (from color correction to explosions, etc.) Just one side-note: Professional movie studios do use after effects for many visual effects, but for 3D animations and things like that are done in 3D programs such as Maya, 3DS Max, and Cinema 4D

      You can use final cut pro for some visual effects if you don't want to jump in to after effects, but the effects will be ok and you will never be able to achieve as good effects. And if you want to add in explosions and muzzle flashes like you said, i suggest purchasing video copilot's action essentials 2. It has stock footage of explosions, fire, muzzle flashes, and much more that you can composite into your shot. You should check out filmriot on youtube for tutorials on many visual effects; some of which use action essentials 2. So you should, if you can afford it, purchase final cut pro x and after effects (you may need to look into plugins for after effects so that you can make more visual effects). You NEED to get away from Imovie, I used to use it and now looking back at it, i have no idea why it took me so long to move on from it. Final cut pro X, apple's most recent version of final cut, is very user friendly especially if you have used imovie before. After effects may require a short class or maybe you could find some tutorials on the internet. You should also know that if you want to use after effects then your computer is going to need a lot of RAM.

  44. QUESTION:
    Titles for my cheerleading student film?
    I have to make a student film about 2 cousins competing for a spot on a high school cheer squad. A title is really important. Any ideas? The characters names are Sam and Gracie. Sam is the mean girl and Gracie is really sweet. Gracie ends up earning the spot but only accepting it if they let Sam be on the team, even though Sam has been nothing but mean. Hope this helps! I really need some suggestions!
    In order to get the spot, Gracie has to win over the votes of other members of the squad. She also gets the attention of the quarterback along the way.

    • ANSWER:
      How about...

      "A Jump Above the Rest"
      "Together We Stand"

  45. QUESTION:
    How can I get people to cleat me for a project?
    I'm making a video for new soccer referees, and I need a soccer player volunteer for the part on fouls. Only problem is, everyone chickens out when I say that they have to cleat me. How can I get a soccer player (at my high school) to participate without bailing out?
    I actually have gotten cleated before and it didn't hurt. plus the shoes I'm using are very protective. I'm completely prepared to get cleated and take all responsibility as my own.

    • ANSWER:
      I would strongly recommend that you rethink that part of your presentation. I'd add that the other students are showing good judgment in this case.

      A simulated cleating would be a better idea. Film another player sliding in with cleats up, then show you down and holding your leg.

  46. QUESTION:
    Do you think that combining Special Education and Film is weird?
    I am going to college next year and since I was 12 I have been wanting to be a teacher and I even took classes at my high school to learn about teaching. I am really interested in special education but this past year I have really been interested in film and I have decided to major in both special ed and electronic media in film. Is this weird in your opinion? I want to try to combine my two loves and eventually move to LA. What do you think?

    • ANSWER:
      Well its definitely different but I see nothing wrong with it. I am having trouble figuring out how to combine the two but I am sure that by the time you finish your degrees you will have some ideas about what to do. I say go for it. I do keep thinking about how you could make society more aware of special education, the fight that a lot of parents have to get a good education for their students, how hard it is to cope with an autistic child and their education. On the other hand, I guess I do see some ways of combining the two. Also, I was thinking how great it would be to use film making when teaching students with special needs. Anyway, Good Luck and I see a promising future for you!

  47. QUESTION:
    What classes should I take in highschool if I wanted to become a movie director?
    I have no idea where I should start, or what I should do if that was something I wanted to do, whether its screenwriting or directing, thats something im interested in and dont know what I should do before I get to college.

    • ANSWER:
      I like this. Dream big! I'm in college and I have a similar dream as you.

      As for classes, high school may or may not prepare you for your goal, but they don't hurt you at all.
      Take your standard "general" classes like English, math, science. Don't fall behind in your original classes. Be a good student so you can be "well-rounded" and get into a good college.

      If your school offers classes with film involved, take it! Why not? haha. Unless you didn't have much time in your schedule like me... but I took one film class in my Senior year in high school and I've learned a lot through it. :]

      Other than school, make sure you are pursuing your passion through life itself. Learn to handle the camera. Do personal video projects even if it is making a video for your friend's birthday. That's what I liked doing! If you're a hands-on learner like me, the best way to learn is to EXPERIENCE. Experience film and learn with your own creativity. Be creative in your own way.

      Start researching for which colleges interest you, especially if you are really passionate about film. Start aiming for a specific goal, maybe? I don't know what grade you are in, but it never hurts to research a few schools like USC's film school.

      If you're somewhat interested in screenwriting, try writing your own stories. Draw them if you want. There's a free screenwriting program designed for Macs that works on PCs: www.celtx.com
      Start writing! Write your film ideas for the future! Even if you don't make them in the future, keep brainstorming. Exercise your creative mind!

      Reach for the impossible and don't listen to people who say you'll never make it; what do they know?

  48. QUESTION:
    How to i become an actress?
    I want to be an actress when i grow up but i have no idea who to go to or what im suppose to do. I always wanted to be one since i was a toddler. Do i have to go to a special acting high school or something similar because i really want to act and be on tv!

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Sasha,

      The whole process of acting can be a confusing merry-go-round. Generally, an actors life begins like this:

      Getting involved in a local community theatre. Doing plays, musicals, acting, for free. Putting those creds on what's called a "resume". A piece of paper with all the work you've done. It tells directors how much experience you have. If you don't have ANY, fear not. Often times community theatres may cast you in smaller roles, chorus, or ensemble if you don't have experience. That's how you GAIN it. Then you do more shows. On and on and on. More on your resume.

      You'll probably want to take some skill classes in here. Acting. Dancing. Improv. Auditioning for Film. Film Acting. There are many different classes offered out there from private instructors, theatres, or studios. Take what you can. Those go on your resume too. If you decide to follow this into college, maybe even attending a Performing Arts college, so much the better. More resume cred.

      By this point, you'll probably feel like dabbling in some film. Student films from local colleges or universities are a great place. Contact the departments to see if any student directors are holding auditions. Often you can find this kind of info also on Craigslist. Just be mindful and cautious of course.

      Perhaps you live in a larger market to where you can get some real, bona fide on camera extra work. DO IT. Being an extra is great experience, gets you familiar with a set, and film jargon, and can possibly even help you towards gaining your Union card.

      Once you have some theatre, maybe some film, you may be able to approach agents in your area.
      Different agents will like different things when you submit, but most will want your resume, headshot, and a demo reel of your previous work. If they like you, and have a need for you, it may be just that simple. Sometimes you have to beat down their doors for a LONG time. SOME agencies won't even talk to you if you come to them. They only go after people THEY want. THEY'LL come to YOU in that case. (That's when you're a bit bigger deal).

      Acting comes in many varieties. There are people who make a living just doing extra work. Some are professional voice over artists. You never see their face, but you hear them all the time. Some people live doing commercials. Some go on and do television, movies, or spend their lives doing theatre. ALL of it is "acting"

      Remember - an agent only gets you AUDITIONS. The company will come to the agent with the "types" they're looking for. I'm not going to get called in to a Nike commercial audition if they have only asked my agent to see Asian women. That's just how it goes.

      I drive 2 hours away often for auditions, but this is my career. It's what I DO. Acting is hard work, and takes commitment. If you're expecting to "make it" right away, you may be in for some disappointment. But, if you're committed to this path, and it's your passion, it can be VERY fulfilling.

      Best of luck with your decisions.

  49. QUESTION:
    I signed up for an Astronomy course for college, I am fascinated by the universe, but will it be too hard?
    It is a 'core' course, which anyone can take and you need them to satisfy the liberal arts portion of the curriculum. I picked astronomy.

    In high school I hated physics, and wasn't too hot at chemistry. I also hated Calculus, didn't really get it past the integrals and differentiation. So, will I have trouble in astronomy? Is the math high level? Please let me know, thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      When I taught Astronomy 101 at the college level, the idea among the instructors was to make the course 1)extreemly easy to get an A+ and 2)extreemly hands on looking through telescopes and films and stuff and 3)try to keep the mathematics down to the very bare minium. and finally 4)encourage students to join local astronomy clubs.

      Needless to say the grading went like this: showing up to class and taking the tests- even if you failed the tests- you would get a C. If you showed up to class, passed the tests, and did 3 science experiments you would easily get a B+.

      Example: to see a meteorite you're supposed to take a sheet of plastic thats 4' by 4', anchor it at all 4 corners and then wait 4 weeks- take some very clear scotch tape, and in the very middle of the sheet of plastic gently take up a sample of the dust and put it on a sheet of copy paper. Then using a 30X microscope you could see micrometeorites.

      Well, nobody in my class has that kind of attention span- so I told them to take the scotch tape, and take samples off the top of door frames at where they lived. If I saw micrometers with my microscope you got 50 points- you needed 200 points to pass the course, 400 points was the max a student could get. Another thing I'd have students make would be a "Tru-Vue" Mirror. What this is you take 2 mirrors, and glue them at 90 degree angles- what happens is if you're at the correct focal point, the right mirror will show the left side of your face and vice versa- this means for the first time in your life you would see what other people see. Theres another 50 points- see? You would have to intentionally screw up- like,,,I dunno, show up drunk to class and puke over my telescopes- before I'd fail you.

      Its been 25 years since I've taught. Oh yeah- if you visited a n Astronomy club, thats 50 points. Visit an observatory- thats 50 points- with extra 50 points if you take pictures.
      Visit the Stone Hinge full size mockup just south of Goldenvale, Washington and you took pics was 50 points- oh, and if you didn't take pics then you would have to prove that you visitied it by telling the class who the Stone Hinge was dedicated to.

      Anyhow, relax- the class will be an easy A for you even if you do a half a**ed job.

      Good Luck

  50. QUESTION:
    What are some good ideas for the holiday season for high schoolers?
    Our school wants to get the whole student body involved in the holiday spirit. This includes a movie night on the football field where we will have a projector screen set up showing a G-Rated Holiday film. Does anyone have any good suggestions for movies or holiday ideas that will get the students excited and bring them together?

    • ANSWER:
      --Muppets Christmas Carol
      --All I want For Christmas
      --Frosty the Snowman
      --A Charlie Brown Christmas
      --The Santa Clause 2
      --The Santa Clause 3

      --Do a christmas pep rally
      **Sing christmas songs
      **Ppl can dress up in santa hats etc
      **Funny cmas skits by the teachers or something


film ideas for high school students