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Werner Herzog Opens A Film School

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | September 23, 2009 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | September 23, 2009 |


Werner Herzog, the legendary director so tough that he once was shot during an interview ... and finished the interview ... has decided to spread around his insanity like luscious strawberry jam on the film industry's moldy rye by starting his own film school. Unlike traditional film schools, The Rogue Film School will not involve "film" or occur in a "school." That is because it is totally "rogue." For just $1450 (and a $25 application fee), you too can learn to be the ultimate bad ass director like Herzog, in the airport Hilton (rooms not included).

Here's what the school's website describes as its mission (if you read it out loud in Dr. Evil's voice, Mike Meyer's corpse spontaneously achieves erection):

The Rogue Film School is not for the faint-hearted; it is for those who have traveled on foot, who have worked as bouncers in sex clubs or as wardens in a lunatic asylum, for those who are willing to learn about lock-picking or forging shooting permits in countries not favoring their projects. In short: it is for those who have a sense for poetry. For those who are pilgrims. For those who can tell a story to four-year-old children and hold their attention. For those who have a fire burning within. For those who have a dream.

In other words, if you are the type of person who would pay $1450 for a three day seminar in a hotel, you are not the type of person who belongs at Rogue Film School. What do you say Dustin? Should we jack up the number of ads to pay for a spot, or should we infiltrate like ninjas? Rogue ninjas.



Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.


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