Another Year: Focus on the Thesis
Although it was a little difficult to leave home, I managed to come back. It was definitely needed. I feel more motivated for the next semester and also for my thesis.
The classes I am taking this semester are Thesis Workshop, Cinema Studies 3, and Digital Cinema Mastering. Besides those, I am TA-ing for the World Cinema 1 class. I am enjoying my TA class along with the other classes. The professor Jeffrey Smith, who teaches World Cinema 1, is a great teacher. I am honored to be one of his TAs because, as he says, I get to put on a “show” every week. I also keep refreshing my knowledge about cinema history and also learn new things. The structure of the class is Smith gives the lecture and he shows a lot of clips and films from various directors and companies, and then in the second part we, the TAs, do our discussion session.
Besides my TA class, I am really happy about the elective that I chose, Digital Cinema Mastering. I am learning so much about post-production and it has just been 2 weeks. We are supposed to do 2 projects in the class. First one I’m doing is a creative edit (and also coloring a film that is already shot) and the second one is on-line editing of a project that we are supposed to find.
In our Thesis Workshop, we are developing our thesis ideas and the class also covers the whole production and post-production process if anyone is planning to shoot this semester. Speaking of thesis, I changed my mind about my film. As I was talking about in my previous blog posts, I was thinking of shooting my film in Turkey. But because of the current currency situation and also considering I will have free equipment from Columbia College Chicago (and also great talents that I can find), shooting in Chicago is a great opportunity and I want to make use of it as much as I can. I am working with my classmate Neva and my producer Urwa. Neva is the writer of my thesis and we are all trying to improve the script together. A great collaboration is one of the main things and I am so happy about my team. I reached out to some places and people that I can collect information from. I think to make it as realistic as possible and also as good as possible, it is my duty as a director to do my research on the subject that I want to shoot a film about. Hopefully the script gets better and better, and I can’t wait for the day we shoot it. I have already started getting excited about the shoot before even the script is done.
We are also trying to get things together for our production too, which includes foreseeing what our locations might/will be and thinking about funding ideas. I told all of my friends when I was in Turkey to save their money for my film—hopefully that works out. Maybe you might be interested in the film that I am planning to shoot, too!