Unless you can get into a top program like NYU or USC, you’re making a big mistake racking up $60,000 of student loan debt to go to film school. Trust me on this.
Oh, it’s fun. You get to check out fancy equipment and get all your friends together and make a movie, sort of like those old Mickey Rooney/Judy Garland films where all the neighborhood kids get together and have a show.
On a whim, I decided to sort my YouTube videos by views and construct my own “Top 20” list. There’s a lot of Peter Case, no surprise; he’s an artist I’ve been working closely with for many years. Peter’s Fellow Grammy nominee John Fullbright was just starting to get national media buzz when I recorded these clips five years ago in Virginia.
In the obligatory nightclub scene of my imaginary film noir, there won’t be a swing band with a sultry singer, as in “Criss Cross,” Murder, My Sweet” or “The Maltese Falcon.” There will be a rock & roll band in a dive bar, and they’ll look and sound something like this.