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Film School Confidential (2002)

Film School Confidential chronicles five film students over the course of one school year: Sara, an intellectual, Sal, who makes an earnest first film, Mark, who shoots wild, psychedelic ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Marta Sanders (as Christi Kelsey)
Chuck Worthington ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Deanna Destito ...
Woman Actor
Hope Stevenson ...
Confused Student
Wayne Thorpe ...
Sarcastic Student


Film School Confidential chronicles five film students over the course of one school year: Sara, an intellectual, Sal, who makes an earnest first film, Mark, who shoots wild, psychedelic images, Greg, who works hard at cinematography, and Marta, Sara's quiet freshman roommate. It is Marta's simple video that proves to be the most compelling, triggering a series of events that effects all five students and forces them to re-evaluate their own belief in the power of motion pictures. Written by Anonymous

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life...at 24 frames per second


Comedy | Drama



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Release Date:

11 April 2002 (USA)  »

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$75,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Due to its summer shooting schedule the college campus had so few students that the producers had to run to a supermarket one day and approach kids about being extras in the film. See more »


Mark Williams: Booze is a second class drug; like crack, heroin, all that shit. They close your mind down instead of opening it up. Everyone has filters built into their brains. These filters, they're put there genetically, you're just born with them in place. And you also get some more from your parents - religion, fear of death. Everything we see and feel and hear and all we perceive is through these filters. The only way to control them, and only temporarily, is through certain mind expanding compounds (...
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Video from the original audition tapes of the cast See more »


References The Magnificent Seven (1960) See more »


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"Film School Confidential" perfectly captures the film school experience
18 November 2006 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

Having been through film school, I really enjoyed "Film School Confidential" -- it perfectly captured the personalities of the teachers, the students, and the student films themselves. I agree with the last reviewer that the student films themselves are a major triumph of the movie. One memorable sequence has a wholesome mid-western sophomore watching the grunge/metal inspired dark experimental films of his fellow students, followed immediately by his sweet and wholesome movie about a cute little girl's first day on the bus to school. His film is, of course, ridiculed by the other students -- which is an oft-encountered film school moment. It sure brought back memories. Underdahl has used the editing to add commentary and humor to the story in a very effective and unconventional way. One student who makes experimental films and smokes too much dope, is introduced with jump cuts through all his dialogue -- as if he were in an experimental film. Underdahl's appreciation of the full spectrum of student personalities -- from the pretentious to the experimental to the ones with a simple, genuine desire to tell stories -- provides for pleasant surprises throughout the movie. The technical details -- the flicker and hot spot on the screen of the Steenbecks for instance -- give texture to the obvious love of film-making that Underdahl is sharing with us. The last scene with Sara watching her film on the Steenbeck, and slowing down the film to watch the two actors who don't know the camera is rolling and are sharing a genuine emotion... was very powerful. THAT was what film school was about. It gave us a place to experiment and manipulate time, space, sound... the rawness of that dirty film passing slowly on the steenbeck screen, and freezing... surprised me by bringing back very specific and exciting memories. There is a low-budget charm to the movie, so don't go in expecting the polish of big-budget Hollywood movies. This was made on a shoestring, with a lot of heart and some very clever humor.

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