Film School

Film School

The True Story of A Midwestern Family Man Who Went to the World's Most Famous Film School, Fell Flat on His Face, Had A Stroke, and Sold A Television Series to CBS

Book - 2011
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In this comic and moving and completely true tale, Film School reveals what life is like at the elite school that trained Hollywood's biggest names.

When Midwestern journalist Steve Boman applied to the University of Southern California's vaunted School of Cinematic Arts, the world's oldest and most prestigious film school, he had more than a few strikes against him: His wife was recovering from thyroid cancer. His beloved sister had just died of leukemia. He lost his job. He had three young children. He was in his late 30s.... And he had no experience in filmmaking.

As Boman navigates his way through USC's arduous three-year graduate production program, he finds that his films fall flat, he's threatened with being kicked out of the program and he becomes the old guy no one wants to work with. Defeated, he quits and moves back to the Midwest to be with his family. After he is urged by his wife to reapply, he miraculously gets in for a second time...only to have a stroke on the first day of classes. But instead of doing the easy thing - running away again -- Boman throws caution to the wind and embraces the challenge. He slowly becomes a gray-haired Golden Boy at USC with films that sparkle. And then he does the impossible: While still in school, for a class project, he dreams up a television series that CBS catches wind of and develops into THREE RIVERS, a primetime Sunday night show.

This story of challenge and triumph--and what it takes to make it in the world's most famous film school--is a must-read for anyone aspiring to become a Hollywood great or anyone just looking for a good story.
Publisher: Dallas, Tex. : BenBella Books, Inc., c2011
ISBN: 9781936661053
Branch Call Number: 791.450233 B639a 2011
Characteristics: viii, 343 p. ; 23 cm


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filmguy86 Jul 22, 2012

Author Steve Boman will irritate a lot of readers for his arrogant attitude. He doesn't realize how easy he's had it with his family while often criticizing young students for their psychological hangups, and with his career, as if working for 35,000 a year as a writer was tragic because it was in a tough neighborhood. In fact, he never grows much as a person. But if you hang in there with him and listen to him, he'll thank you by sharing extremely rare information. I was able to make measurements with my own success and evaluate where I stand. I picked up filmmaking exercises and tips. And most importantly, I finally "conversed" with someone about our hardships in the film industry. Steve Boman will have something that most readers can identity with. His prose isn't difficult and his ugly but honest ignorance added value to the lessons I learned. The story can leave hope for the destitute and worn, and even though it creates more doubt for the less resourceful, one could utilize the book's straightforward clarity as beginner's model for filmmaking. I loved to hate Steve: He's a gifted storyteller, and a successful one at that.


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