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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

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One L meets You'll Never Eat Lunch in This Town Again

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.

Film School is a must-read for anyone who has ever wanted to attend USC (myself included) or any other film program.  It's also a great motivator for anyone who wants to change careers but worries that it's too late (me again).  And have I mentioned how freaking awesome the cover is?   -- from Chicks Dig Books. His approach is reminiscent of the Harvard student who became an able-bodied seaman in the 1830s and sailed in a tall ship around Cape Horn to write the classic of experiential journalism, TWO YEARS BEFORE THE MAST.- From David Howard's foreword to Film School. In 'Film School,' what doesn't kill USC graduate student Steve Boman makes for an entertaining book.By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times January 31, 2012 Steve Boman was just your average middle-aged ex-newspaper reporter and stay-at-home dad when he applied to be a student at the University of Southern California's vaunted School of Cinematic Arts. Boman didn't know what would await him at the world's oldest and most prestigious film school, a place that has trained Hollywood heavyweights George Lucas, John Carpenter, James Ivory, Judd Apatow, Brian Grazer, Shonda Rhimes, John Singleton, Jay Roach, Conrad Hall, and many others. In this rollicking, thoughtful, and unexpectedly touching tale, Boman shows what life is like behind the scenes at Hollywood's pre-eminent boot camp... and what it's like to do the almost unthinkable--sell a primetime television show while still in school.

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  • PDF | 352 pages
  • Steve Boman(Author)
  • BenBella Books (November 1, 2011)
  • English
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  • By L. Brannel on May 2, 2013

    I love a story about people who face challenges and come out the other side changed by the experience. I always wondered what a person learns in film school that enables them to write, direct, or produce films--such a complex and collaborative enterprise. Now I know because Steve Boman tells all about the technical learning curve, the politics between students and instructors, and the totally consuming pace of filmmaking. At 50 in a class of much younger students, his is the story of a fish out of water. But he sure learned to swim! Just as fascinating is his personal and family story of the financial and health issues that must be faced and folded into the adventure of film school. Highly recommended as an interesting and inspiring story of a person who 'followed his bliss' and started over at midlife.

  • By RocketDog2 on April 14, 2013

    Steve Boman offers a genuine and compelling look into his life as he seeks to conquer the unbelievable demands of film school. After reading his story, you will never look at anything produced for your entertainment on film casually. All of that visual magic our eyes consume is created by people who survived a baptism by fire. Steve generously welcomes us to experience his wonderful family, a series of serious health threats for himself and wife, and never loses his mind or his humanity. I found myself caught up in his stress, his bruising victories, his sleeplessness, and his persistence. This devoted family man takes the daunting task of going back to school in Los Angeles leaving his beloved family in Minnesota. His years in film school piqued my imagination with his "fact is stranger than fiction" escapades and humor. He is the real deal whose life should be on film. Read this book and let yourself enjoy this vivid movie in your own mind!

  • By Joe N. on December 12, 2013

    I loved this guy's story and can relate a little in that I am someone who lives in Los Angeles and a family member is recovering from a stroke. So I was captivated both by the window into the entertainment industry - particularly the fresh take, told by a student and someone who was a bit of an outsider. It actually made me smarter in conversations with my friends and neighbors who are in the business. Also the details of his experiences with the stroke were brave and will hit home if you know anyone who has experienced that. I thought it was a great, entertaining read. I loaned it out after and others are enjoying it enough that I can't get it back!

  • By William Livesey on March 26, 2013

    I can't say enough great things about this book. As someone that has just turned 40, I found this book insightful and inspiring. Steve has given me some motivation to look into following my passion, and look into doing something I thought was long ago something i just needed to forget about and leave in the past. Steve brought to life that it's never too late do what is you true life's joy. He wrote with such joy and determination, a few health set backs didn't stop him from following through and finishing what he started, this a great story for both young and old. Never give up on your dreams....

  • By JackBurton on October 15, 2015

    Very much enjoyed this memoir. I am also a middle-aged man with a wife, kids and established career in film & television, going back to school to obtain a Bachelor's Degree for the first time in his many of the thoughts and feelings Steve relates in his writing resonate very strongly with me. Steve overcomes what seems like an endless stream of difficulties, to reach his goal. His is a story that anyone who is thinking of switching gears in their careers, or going back to school in their forties, will find entertaining and valuable. The only somewhat disappointing aspect to the story is that, a quick check with the IMDB confirms that Steve has apparently not gone on to continue working in the film and television industry, as his credits stop with the show he sold in college.

  • By Lovechef21 on June 1, 2013

    Whether you're thinking about going to film school or not I think this book will help you either prepare yourself better or maybe help you come up with a cheaper alternative that won't put you in serious debt. Making some movies on your own first would be a good start. Some of the family back story and self, "Well, I'll be. Look at me." stuff slows it down a bit, but it was an autobiographical book written by a human so it'd be too rough for knocking it too much there. If you get bored, go watch, or better yet, go MAKE a movie and pick it up again later.

  • By My Kids’ Mom on February 15, 2015

    If you are reading about this title chances are, like me, you have at least considered going to film school. Or maybe you just wondered what it would be like to go. This book, written by a former reporter, gives you the inside story! Filled with details beginning as early as the application process and continuing throughout the entire Masters program at the USC film school, this book relays everything you could expect to find waiting for you, as well as some surprises the author experienced along the way. Highly recommended!

  • By Amazon reviewer on November 12, 2014

    This book is a must read for anyone considering film school, especially USC. It is told in a fun story style, and gives you a sense of what you will go through in film school. But it is also touching and gets you in the zone. Check it out.

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