“I was paired up with my screenwriting mentor, who happens to be Ron Peterson, which is totally awesome, because Ron taught screenwriting at the school David Lynch founded. Alex, my advisor, thought this would be a good mentor for me because I am so inspired by the structure of Lynch’s stories and the mood he creates within his films. We had our first phone meeting on Saturday, June 6th, and we discussed sequencing of stories and the language of screenwriting. Also, I watched the documentary The Burden of Dreams, which is about Werner Herzog’s difficult journey of making the film Fitzcorraldo. It was a very eye-opening and inspiring viewing, and later today I will write a paper on what I believe his philosophy of film to be and the archetypes within his films and within another film I am inspired by.”
Every week we ask our students to review how they are progressing with our program.