Recent L.A. Weekly intern Brittany Taylor has gifted her Culver City mentors with a fun little item today: a Q&A with UCLA film school student Nicolas Crucio about what it was like to take James Franco’s first-semester screenwriting class.
Taylor, also a UCLA student, ended her stint with L.A. Weekly in January. Franco’s multi-multi-hyphenate reputation now precedes him everywhere; here, it definitely seems like the infamous Oscars host and successful-at-most-everything-else artiste did not disappoint. From Crucio’s answer when asked what the class was about:
“It’s definitely very experimental and a few people were weirded out by this. […] The experimental part is we film on two cameras the whole class and the readings. We’ll film the feedback James gives us, the discussions of the readings and movies of the week.
They are also teaching us how to edit so it’s kind of like a writing, film appreciation and editing film hybrid. So basically each week one or two people switch off with the footage and… cut a little three-minute episode with [footage from] the class and with footage that we film on our own.
The Weekly piece has a great tease at the bottom of page one that reads:
Up next: why Jersey Shore was on the syllabus
Seriously, how are you not going to click on that?