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Film School Confidential chronicles five film students over the course of one school year: Sara, an intellectual... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Stephanie Paul ... Sara Sloan

Christi Pedigo ... Marta Sanders (as Christi Kelsey)

Stephen Heskett ... Greg

Ethan Aronoff ... Mark Williams
Chuck Worthington ... Sal
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Deanna Destito ... Woman Actor
Hope Stevenson ... Confused Student
Wayne Thorpe ... Sarcastic Student

Directed by
Douglas Underdahl 
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(in alphabetical order)
Douglas Underdahl 

Original Music by
Emanuel Kallins 
Cinematography by
Bruce Wodder 
Production Management
Todd Monaghan .... production manager
Sound Department
Lisa Friedberg .... sound recordist

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82 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »

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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 »
Sara Sloan:[talking to her crew] Now I know we have over 30 pages of dialogue to shoot, but I'm willing to go at this all day and all night if necessary.See more »
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References High School Confidential! (1958)See more »
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"Film School Confidential" perfectly captures the film school experience, 18 November 2006
Author: wundaw from Los Angeles, CA

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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