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Film School is a must-read for anyone who has ever wanted to attend USC (myself included) or any other film program.  It's also a great motivator for anyone who wants to change careers but worries that it's too late (me again).  And have I mentioned how freaking awesome the cover is?   -- from Chicks Dig Books

His approach is reminiscent of the Harvard student who became an able-bodied seaman in the 1830s and sailed in a tall ship around Cape Horn to write the classic of experiential journalism, TWO YEARS BEFORE THE MAST.- From David Howard's foreword to Film School. 

In 'Film School,' what doesn't kill USC graduate student Steve Boman makes for an entertaining book.
By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times January 31, 2012
If you're thinking "Paper Chase" for the movie set, you wouldn't be far off.


"Read Steve Boman's Film School to understand all the effort, heartbreak, creativity, begging, stealing, joy, backstabbing and stamina that it takes to make movies. Part exposé, part-American-Dream-come-true, Boman’s keenly observant and fascinating book takes the shine off of the glamour we know as Hollywood and shows us the real world of making movies.”
—Ali Selim, writer and director of SWEETLAND, 2007 Independent Spirit winner; director of episodes of IN TREATMENT, CRIMINAL MINDS

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Steve Boman was just your average middle-aged ex-newspaper reporter and stay-at-home dad when he applied to be a student at the University of Southern California's vaunted School of Cinematic Arts.
Boman didn't know what would await him at the world's oldest and most prestigious film school, a place that has trained Hollywood heavyweights George Lucas, John Carpenter, James Ivory, Judd Apatow, Brian Grazer, Shonda Rhimes, John Singleton, Jay Roach, Conrad Hall, and many others.
In this rollicking, thoughtful, and unexpectedly touching tale, Boman shows what life is like behind the scenes at Hollywood's pre-eminent boot camp... and what it's like to do the almost unthinkable--sell a primetime television show while still in school.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: BenBella Books (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936661055
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936661053
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,327,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Film School is a tour de force of interesting detail, insightful observations, common sense, and challenges to the reader. You'll find what you want to know about entering the entertainment industry, including the widespread predjudices found there and how to deal with them. And the whole thing will be presented in tems of the life experience of someone it is almost impossible not to like. I read the whole thing in one five hour setting. I wish my life showed such courage and perseverance.
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Steve Boman offers a genuine and compelling look into his life as he seeks to conquer the unbelievable demands of film school. After reading his story, you will never look at anything produced for your entertainment on film casually. All of that visual magic our eyes consume is created by people who survived a baptism by fire. Steve generously welcomes us to experience his wonderful family, a series of serious health threats for himself and wife, and never loses his mind or his humanity. I found myself caught up in his stress, his bruising victories, his sleeplessness, and his persistence. This devoted family man takes the daunting task of going back to school in Los Angeles leaving his beloved family in Minnesota. His years in film school piqued my imagination with his "fact is stranger than fiction" escapades and humor. He is the real deal whose life should be on film. Read this book and let yourself enjoy this vivid movie in your own mind!
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I loved this guy's story and can relate a little in that I am someone who lives in Los Angeles and a family member is recovering from a stroke. So I was captivated both by the window into the entertainment industry - particularly the fresh take, told by a student and someone who was a bit of an outsider. It actually made me smarter in conversations with my friends and neighbors who are in the business. Also the details of his experiences with the stroke were brave and will hit home if you know anyone who has experienced that. I thought it was a great, entertaining read. I loaned it out after and others are enjoying it enough that I can't get it back!
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I love a story about people who face challenges and come out the other side changed by the experience. I always wondered what a person learns in film school that enables them to write, direct, or produce films--such a complex and collaborative enterprise. Now I know because Steve Boman tells all about the technical learning curve, the politics between students and instructors, and the totally consuming pace of filmmaking. At 50 in a class of much younger students, his is the story of a fish out of water. But he sure learned to swim! Just as fascinating is his personal and family story of the financial and health issues that must be faced and folded into the adventure of film school. Highly recommended as an interesting and inspiring story of a person who 'followed his bliss' and started over at midlife.
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This was definitely worth my time and money. It opened my eyes to another world and took me out of March in Wisconsin for a short time everyday. Steve Boman,s WRITING is straightforward and without any R rated features. If you like memoirs about people accepting challenges, enjoy. I would like to see the movie version .....
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I can't say enough great things about this book. As someone that has just turned 40, I found this book insightful and inspiring. Steve has given me some motivation to look into following my passion, and look into doing something I thought was long ago something i just needed to forget about and leave in the past. Steve brought to life that it's never too late do what is you true life's joy. He wrote with such joy and determination, a few health set backs didn't stop him from following through and finishing what he started, this a great story for both young and old. Never give up on your dreams....
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This book is a must read for anyone considering film school, especially USC. It is told in a fun story style, and gives you a sense of what you will go through in film school. But it is also touching and gets you in the zone. Check it out.
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As the parent of a child who went to a private film school this really gave me an insight into how challenging film school is, at any level. Many of the things these students did for their MFA were things my child did for her BFA. It's really an eye opening preview into the expectations of a film student, and knowing he completed his degree and sold a series while handling health issues a younger man/woman would not even begin to understand, gives the reader even more respect for his accomplishments. This is a very engaging book, easy read and educational. While some people may not agree with his perspective, one only need remember/understand, this is the writers experience. It is also very interesting to see what goes into getting a tv or movie project from a concept to the screen. It's not a process for the impatient or weak of heart.
I enjoyed reading this book, and think many others will find it entertaining as well. On a side note, I also think his willingness to be so open about his experience speaks volumes to his character. Well done!
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