My first film class

It’s no secret that I like Gabriel Macht and he in turn is the son of actor Stephen Macht. Stephen Macht used to star on Cagney and Lacey, which I used to really enjoy watching back in the 1980s…

Gabriel was promoting a lecture series on Instagram that his dad will be doing called “How dramatic analysis informs art and life” about applying dramatic tools to plays, film and life and I thought that sounded interesting. Gabriel says, “Not only is Professor Gerard from #Suits my #father but he’s also one of the very few if any PhD’s in Hollywood. Yup! A true #Professor.” I checked and according to Stephen Macht’s LinkedIn profile, he indeed has a Ph.D. in Dramatic Literature from Indiana University, so I figured he must know what he’s talking about. I’m trying to get out of my work rut, exploring other options, so I figured $15,- is quite cheap for a lecture series of 7 classes (this is the programme) and I decided to sign up. Two of the movies he’ll be using as homework (Coming to America 2 and Mad Max Thunder Road) don’t particularly interest me but for the sake of academics I’ll give them a go.

I am thinking more and more about writing and have been trying things here and there, but have never had any real in depth training on structure and storylines and drama and such. I don’t want to go to film school or writing school, but getting some tools on analysis won’t hurt and I figured this could be a nice low-key, low investment opportunity for me to see if I even want to go deeper with this or not. First class starts this evening, I hope I like it and I hope I have the stamina to do the rest of the classes as well.

13 thoughts on “My first film class

    1. I used to love Cagney and Lacey. 🙂

      I’m not sure on posting about each class. The first one was very interesting but I felt very unprepared, hadn’t realized we’d be going into Oedipus Rex (which I read way back in college but remembered little about) and it seemed like he knew other participants from other classes he’d done. It was a smaller group than I expected too, just 19 students! The class has has given me food for thought, however, and I love that, I just need time to order my thoughts/reactions.

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      1. Food for thought sounds like right up your alley imo which is always a good thing
        Would be interesting to read your thoughts from the beginning of the class through the course and after thoughts
        I am gonna look into something similar in the future! You always inspire here ❤️

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    1. Just reacted to Michele above that the class was smaller than I expected and I felt unprepared but the man certainly has a passion for his subject and I loved that. I feel instantly comfortable with him and he’s given me food for thought, which I love too. I’m not a ‘primary reactor’ in class, I always need time to process and think, especially if something is new for me, so I hope others can continue asking the questions that I couldn’t yet formulate in my head.
      Oh, and I think I was mistaken about the price, but that’s OK, I’ve decided I want to continue with this anyway.

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    1. I’m not sure I’m really applying them to my own life yet but it does get met thinking about how to describe a rounded character and thinking about their development and any ‘Hamartia’ (error of judgment as Stephen Macht calls it, as opposed to fatal flaw what most people call it) that may be applicable in their lives. 🙂

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  1. Servetus

    I love that kind of thing. And then you find out that your sense of an ending is still governed by artistic trends from the fourth century BCE …!

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      1. Servetus

        I still really mourn that Farber / Armitage never did Oedipus. I think we would have had a lot of discussions around that kind of thing, which i would have loved.


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