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I had a very different experience from
what is described here. Almost everyone in my Claymation class got their final projects in on time unless they weren't willing to put in the effort to finish them. There was a snag here and there with regard to the software, etc but that's because it came out not long before the class started. We all coped, every one of us. And when we couldn't figure something out, we co-oped.
Class was a lot of fun. The instructor was Will Vinton and it was great to have access to his decades worth of knowledge and experience. Two of his former sculptors also gave us live demonstrations and tips on improving our sculpting.
All told, I felt the class was worth taking a second job to pay for it, and if the school atmosphere was cold or insincere, I certainly didn't notice because I was too busy learning. People are people ; they're them, you're you, and when you can't agree on something, you just have to punt.
DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY!!!.
Thank you for your carefully crafted words which say nothing. Your response was not surprising, since insincerity has become Northwest Film Center School of Film's product. I feel that I'm the recipient of your vacant reply because I no longer represent a potential income stream to your organization now that I've graduated, even though I've paid several thousand dollars in student tuition and equipment rental fees to your organization in the past four years. I'm disappointed and discouraged by your complete lack of accountability. Apple may have left you "in a pinch by overstating the capabilities of its SoundTrack Pro2 software," but it's a pinch you've known about for almost two years, and you continue to wrongfully offer this course in your array of educational products.
I verified directly with each SR&PP student, through both verbal confirmation and the screening of class projects, that we were not taught what NWFC School of Film promised to teach us (as expressed in the course prospectus posted in your organization's website and newsletter): to produce a final soundtrack using SoundTrack Pro2.
It's feigned ignorance by Wayne Woods to claim class proficiency. Not one student was able to round-trip their entire project (from FCP to STP2 and back to FCP) for a final mix. In fact, he couldn't do it himself! I repeat, Wayne Woods could not produce a final soundtrack. His in-class demonstrations used single clips only. He was never able to show students how to mix a final soundtrack. This put Wayne in a very vulnerable position. Not only was he unable to address student concerns, he had to give students passing grades for round-tripping one isolated clip in their class projects. If you'd taken time to check the project files on the SR&PP class hard drives in an effort to do some well-intentioned research (or speak with other SR&PP students directly, as I did), you'd already know this. Instead, you chose to direct your energy into your own self-preservation via an ambiguous dismissal of my candid and in-depth review of the SR&PP course. I've made clear to you in my letter that many of my classmates already had lowered expectations of the SR&PP course deliverables. They'd heard from other students (who took the course in previous terms) that NWFC School of Film was "overstating" its "capabilities," which brings me to my next point.
Northwest Film Center School of Film has knowingly, and repeatedly, breached an implied contract, and your hollow response to my letter shows nothing at all of the good faith you claim.
False statements or promises made by a seller regarding the quality or nature of goods or services constitutes legal misrepresentation. I can see that even after you received my letter, and conveyed in your response to me previous and current knowledge of the problems with the Sound Recording & Post Production course, NWFC School of Film continues to offer this course in its prospectus. In fact, NWFC is offering the SR&PP course next term (Winter 2010) with the course prospectus making identical (verbatim) misrepresentations to which I fell victim. I urge you to reconsider your position in this matter. Blow smoke up somebody else's ass. I want my money fully refunded.
Here are two excerpts from Ellen Thomas' reply and denial of my refund:
"Apple has certainly put us in a pinch by overstating the capabilities of its SoundTrack Pro2 software, and by failing to provide adequate written training materials for classroom use. I believe Wayne has done a good job of creating work-arounds by asking students to use online resources...We will certainly upgrade the digital editing lab when we can."
"...a class description is not a promise or a contract, nor a set of deliverables, but rather a good faith statement of intent...I am denying your request for a refund."
If you want to be an employed professional filmmaker, do not go to this school!
An arm of the Portland Art Museum, the Northwest Film Center describes itself as a "regional media arts resource.".
Receiving funding from various sources--including the NEA--the Film Center brings works by a wide variey of filmmakers to its screen through its series of screenings and excellent festivals, including the Northwest Film & Video Festival and the Portland International Film Festival. In addition to its wide array of showings, the Center offers a curriculum--primarily offered at night and on weekends--of filmaking, video production, animation, and screenwriting aimed at emerging film- and videomakers.
Great Movies but.... Here you have the opportunity see high quality prints of great movies in a room with the comfort and atmosphere of a corporate boardroom. I suppose if you can enjoy a great arthouse movie in such a sterilized environment, then more power to you, go pay too much money, sit in your uncomfortable chair and have the time of your life. I, on the other hand, had the experience of seeing one of my favorite films for the first time on a screen ruined by such a soulless environment. And they don't accept credit cards. What's up with that?
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