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Film Connection Letter | Newman Tooley Films


December 7, 2002

Dear Jimi,

Thank you for providing me with your intern/apprenticeship student Sean Chou on my feature film ‘Pool Hall Junkies’, starting Christopher Walken, Chaz Palmenteri and Rod Steiger.

I was so impressed with Sean that I hired him on to be second assistant director on the feature. My first job for him was to go to the airport and pick up Christopher Walken and Rod Steiger. Sean had never met a celebrity before, nor had he even stepped foot on an actual working movie set. The crew members all veterans, were very impressed with Sean and had no idea that this was his first paying job in the film industry.

I’m currently in post on the film and I have convinced the production company to allow me to keep Sean on the payroll during post production phase. He will serve as assistant to the post production supervisor. Sean will also be able to shadow that whole process of editing as well as having the opportunity to go to the lab during final cut, color correction, etc. I wish someone would’ve walked me through the entire process of film making like this, when I was looking to break into the field.

As you know I took Sean under my wing during the pre-production stages of this project. He trained under my supervision for about 4 months before I hired him on to the project. Now after only a few months have past he has got a full film credit to his name.

The knowledge he has received from your program could have never been attained in the traditional film school environment. Also the course materials that you provided for him, are excellent. How did you come up with all that stuff? I’m very impressed with this because I’ve spoke at lectures at several colleges and film schools throughout the country, including NYU. And I have had a chance to see and look over the curriculum, first hand. I’ve got to tell you your information and curriculum is much more up to date than they are using at the University.

I have also already signed on to direct another feature in April and I plan to bump Sean up to 1st Assistant Director on that project. By the way if you have any other candidates like Sean please let me know.

Meanwhile, I feel Sean is well on his way to a full time career in the film industry. Congratulations on a remarkable concept way ahead of the times. I highly recommend your program to anyone trying to pursue a career in film production. Your program works! Sean is a proof of that. When it comes to job placement in the film industry Film & TV Connection is certainly the way to go. I look forward to a continuing relationship with your company. If anyone out there would like to talk to me personally about my experience with Film & TV Connection, ask Jimi for my home number, as I have no problem endorsing this service.

Sincerely,

Mars Callahan

Director / Writer ‘Pool Hall Junkies

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