Written July 18, 2013
We are both filmmakers who thought this seminar would have something to teach us. Not only didn't we learn anything new, but we walked out early due to the instructor's obnoxious attitude. "C'mon, you guys!" was his standard method of cajoling us to give our opinions--which he would shoot down if they didn't match his. He made it clear that filmmakers he hated--Tim Burton, Wes Anderson--would not be tolerated while we worshipped at the shrine of Douglas Sirk. Worst of all, he punctuated most of what he said with "*******." I've heard fewer f-bombs in comedy clubs, and at least there the content was funny.
Also, it wasn't always correct. He credited the director and production designer of "Brokeback Mountain" with creating a key prop--Jack's shirt on a hanger beneath Ennis's jacket--but that object, and its colors, are the work of Annie Proulx, who wrote the short story on which the script is based. If he had bothered to read the source material, he would have known.