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December 05, 2016
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NYU Part 2

Actually, I have had almost no supervision from NYU. They gave me some teaching tools in the beginning of the semester and then told me to have fun. I like that they gave me the opportunity to work it out for myself.

I’ve struggled at times with the equipment. Two weeks ago, I had to screen a beta tape squeezed into letterbox when it should be 4x3. A DVD that I was showing stopped in the middle. But I’ve tried to roll with it. The students are way less helpful than I was at that age. As I was semi-aimlessly pushing buttons, I was thinking how much of a nerd I must have been when I was a student because I never would have let a professor struggle this much before at least trying to help. Ah well, kids these days.

Last week, a student came up to me and told me that the lecture that I gave with a Script Supervisor had given him the confidence to do it for the first time on set. He said he was thinking that it might make a good career. I smiled and told him that I thought it was a great idea.

In the early mornings, I walk to school with a bit of a spring in my step, the kind that only the thought of molding young minds can give you.