Posted by: daveed | September 25, 2009

Film school nightmare

I never went to film school, and don’t work in film. I know people who went to film school. And tens of thousands of dollars later still don’t work in film.

herr_herzogBut for around $1,500 you can cast yourself into a nightmare world of crushing solitude and burning madness—a cineastic ordeal that could only come from the mind of the high priest of ass-on-fire filmmaking: Werner Herzog.

Herr Herzog calls this soul-searing weekend seminar the Rogue Film School, and cautions that it’s not for the “faint-hearted”. The curriculum reads like a parody of the man himself. For example:

9. Related, but more practical subjects, will be the art of lockpicking. Traveling on foot. The exhilaration of being shot at unsuccessfully. The athletic side of filmmaking. The creation of your own shooting permits. The neutralization of bureaucracy. Guerrilla tactics. Self reliance.

10. Censorship will be enforced. There will be no talk of shamans, of yoga classes, nutritional values, herbal teas, discovering your Boundaries, and Inner Growth.

Sounds ambitious, a little frighting even, with the promise of being unbelievably awesome. Something tells me that most of those who those who enroll will likely be pretentious twats, but if I had the coin and the desire to be a filmmaker rather than a screenwriter, I’d go in a heartbeat.


  1. […] Movieline has a sit-down with Werner Herzog to talk with him about his recently founded Rogue Film School, as well as his upcoming remake of The Bad Lieutenant (though don’t tell Herr Herzog […]

  2. Pretty expansive for a weekend thing tho.

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