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The MA in Film Students’ Birthday Video for David Lynch

Last January, the MA class took on the challenge of creating a video to wish David Lynch a Happy Birthday. The result was the original, confetti-filled, and dare we say "Lynchian" ninety seconds that you see here. Enjoy! ...

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Scholarship Competition FAQ!

You've got questions, I've got answers. Recently I interviewed myself to answer some frequently asked questions about the short film competition to win a full scholarship to the David Lynch MA in Film. Send your film and written statement to davidlynch.ma@mum.edu by June 21st! ...

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Peter Farrelly in Los Angeles

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As one half of the comedic duo who brought us Dumb and Dumber, There's Something About Mary, and Shallow Hal, it was no surprise that the few hours our class spent with Peter Farrelly during our visit to Los Angeles this past April turned out to be such a riot. Dressed down in jeans and a T-shirt, he walked back and forth in front of the screen of the theater where we had all gathered and began to describe his approach to pitching a script saying that he, “Never goes past the first act.” when selling an idea. “No one...

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Jim Carrey’s Visit Here (Part 1)

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Jim Carrey delivered the commencement address here on May 24. The Cedar Rapids Gazette called it "the best commencement address ever." He stood before a packed house of listeners with astronomical expectations, and seemed to effortlessly exceed every one. A blend of philosophical and hilarious, his speech was a seamless ebb and flow of classic antics and poignant words of advice t...

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Film Competition: Win a Full Scholarship to the David Lynch MA in Film

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The David Lynch MA in Film at Maharishi University of Management has launched a film competition for a full scholarship for the 2014-2015 school year. To qualify for the full scholarship, prospective MA students are invited to submit an original film up to ten minutes in length. Four time Academy Award nominee David Lynch will personally view the top six submissions and select the winner. The David Lynch MA in Film is a one year program aimed at supporting talented film students in developing and completi...

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Meeting with David Lynch in Los Angeles

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The David Lynch MA in Film students and faculty spent Thursday and Friday morning April 24 and 25 in Hollywood Hills meeting with David Lynch in his home studio, where parts of his film Lost Highway were shot. In these sessions, David shared many practical and inspiring thoughts with the students about the world of film and media and about consciousness. David also agreed to watch the students’ thesis films when they are finished, and he agreed to make a cameo speaking appearance in the forthcoming feature-length mockumentary comedy ...

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What Hard Drives To Buy, and Why You Need Them

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Backing up, and making copies of your "negative" (or source files) in filmmaking will always be a logistical consideration. There are a number of options to ensure the safety of your files and considerations to make for the correct hard drive to buy. Considerations might include:

  • How valuable the files are that you're backing up.
  • If you'll be editing from the external hard drive or from your computers in-built drive.
  • Longevity necessary for the drives. In other words, how long you want to hold onto your file...

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Our 2013 Film Competition Winners

The quality of the submissions to our 2013 scholarship film competition was thrilling. The winners were: Kinga Kulcsar in first place for her film submission One Word, Monica Demes for Halloween, Jake Dilley for Aperture, Marc Baraka Strauch for Inside This Clay J...

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