(Via PRWeb) Anaheim University Akira Kurosawa School of Film is offering a chance to earn your MFA in Digital Filmmaking — digitally. That is, in live online high definition webcam classes. Students discuss the work they uploaded and the video lecture they watched prior to the interactive class with their professor. There are also plenty of hands-on assignments — in fact, because you’re using your own gear, you probably get more time behind the camera and directing than you would in a conventional film school, where you often have to wait to use equipment (not to mention dealing with that grumpy guy who runs the lockup). If you don’t have your own, you can buy the minimum amount at an academic discount for under $2,000.
A little travel is required: a one-week, on-site residential session in Los Angeles or Tokyo, where students have access to equipment and a moviemaking experience carried out in a professional environment.
“In addition,” the school says, “[students] will view hours of never-seen-before footage of Kurosawa himself on the set, allowing students to go behind the scenes and learn visual articulation directly from the master.” This has been made possible, with the support of Akira Kurosawa’s family and Kurosawa Production, by the University’s work in digitizing archives and recording video interviews with many who knew and worked with him.
Steven Spielberg calls Akira Kurosawa “a maestro to my entire generation” and Martin Scorsese says of the University of Anaheim, ” I thank them for paying tribute to a man who was our master, our sensei.”