Film School: The True Story of a Midwestern Family Man Who Went to the Worlds Most Famous Film School, Fell Flat on His Face, Had a Stroke, and Sold a Television Series to CBS
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 triumphand what it takes to make it in the world’s most famous film schoolis 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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