Cinema Arts & Tech

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  • 14424 Friar St

    Van Nuys, CA 91401

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I was curious what I'd learn in the free/introductory class...I was on time, Mr. Durgin was 10 minutes late. He then proceeded to spend a 1/2 an hour talking about old experiences in Hollywood, including a long winded story about an

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I was curious what I'd learn in the free/introductory class...I was on time, Mr. Durgin was 10 minutes late. He then proceeded to spend a 1/2 an hour talking about old experiences in Hollywood, including a long winded story about an

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DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY!!! I paid $2000 for the script supervisors class over ten years ago. I left "the biz" because there wasn't any jobs coming my way, writer's strike and productions going to shoot in Canada. In addition, Jim Kelly Durgin borrowed $2000 from me with a promise to pay me back in one month. That was about 10 years ago and he still hasn't paid me a cent. Buy the book by Pat Miller and search for jobs yourself but don't bother if you like paying the rent on time and having food in your fridge.

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DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY!!! I paid $2000 for the script supervisors class over ten years ago. I left "the biz" because there wasn't any jobs coming my way, writer's strike and productions going to shoot in Canada. In addition, Jim Kelly Durgin borrowed $2000 from me with a promise to pay me back in one month. That was about 10 years ago and he still hasn't paid me a cent. Buy the book by Pat Miller and search for jobs yourself but don't bother if you like paying the rent on time and having food in your fridge.

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Took this class five years ago, I started with nothing in the film industry. Since then iv directed 4 films and have made a decent living. I'm pursuing my carrier and my future looks bright. All though it was a little high on pricing and the class schedule was changed a lot to fit the students schedule, it all worked out. I still crazed to see this school around and to hear other students success.

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Took this class five years ago, I started with nothing in the film industry. Since then iv directed 4 films and have made a decent living. I'm pursuing my carrier and my future looks bright. All though it was a little high on pricing and the class schedule was changed a lot to fit the students schedule, it all worked out. I still crazed to see this school around and to hear other students success.

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it is a waste of $. read the books about script supervising and find other teachers... IF you are really interested in learning how to do this job. no coursework, textbook, homework, barely any hand-outs, or organization, in this class.

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it is a waste of $. read the books about script supervising and find other teachers... IF you are really interested in learning how to do this job. no coursework, textbook, homework, barely any hand-outs, or organization, in this class.

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I have to agree with engabenga's review. Jim Kelly Durgin is the teacher. He's about 85 years old and though he knows script supervising, the class is about 80% his ideas, inappropriate comments about women, war stories, and his personal theories about life, and 20% actual subject matter. At the start of a 3 hour class - it takes about 30 minutes for him to finish his side business, then about an hour of unrelated war story topics, then maybe 30 minutes of actual information. He has an argumentative nature, and spends half the class trying to discredit those people who believe differently than him.

He comes from a point of view that script supervising SHOULD be done in this certain way and only he is right, when in reality, the successful achievement of a well script supervised show can be arrived at in many different ways and often comes with working together with the crew instead of against. I had to unlearn a lot of the bad people skills he tried to infuse on the script supervisors in the class. I don't think he realizes it's not a good idea to tell everyone you're working with that they don't know what they're doing. He tells you to do this over and over again citing chapter and verse justifications for why he's right.

He knows his stuff, and when he actually talks about script supervising, he's very articulate - if you guys out there can encourage him to stick to the subject - he has a lot to offer - you just would have to have the patience to be able to filter out a lot of the noise in between information. I haven't seen anyone successful achieve this though, and hear that most just have to sit through his jaded life stories and point of view.

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★☆☆☆☆

I have to agree with engabenga's review. Jim Kelly Durgin is the teacher. He's about 85 years old and though he knows script supervising, the class is about 80% his ideas, inappropriate comments about women, war stories, and his personal theories about life, and 20% actual subject matter. At the start of a 3 hour class - it takes about 30 minutes for him to finish his side business, then about an hour of unrelated war story topics, then maybe 30 minutes of actual information. He has an argumentative nature, and spends half the class trying to discredit those people who believe differently than him.

He comes from a point of view that script supervising SHOULD be done in this certain way and only he is right, when in reality, the successful achievement of a well script supervised show can be arrived at in many different ways and often comes with working together with the crew instead of against. I had to unlearn a lot of the bad people skills he tried to infuse on the script supervisors in the class. I don't think he realizes it's not a good idea to tell everyone you're working with that they don't know what they're doing. He tells you to do this over and over again citing chapter and verse justifications for why he's right.

He knows his stuff, and when he actually talks about script supervising, he's very articulate - if you guys out there can encourage him to stick to the subject - he has a lot to offer - you just would have to have the patience to be able to filter out a lot of the noise in between information. I haven't seen anyone successful achieve this though, and hear that most just have to sit through his jaded life stories and point of view.

Pros: He knows the subject, if he ever gets around to talking about it

Cons: Negative comments about women, argumentative nature, bad reputation, bad advice about how to handle people on set

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I attended the script supervisor class at Cinema Arts Tech and found it to be excellent. The teacher, Jim Kelly Durgin has an encyclopedit knowledge of the film industry and has been working in production since the early 1960s.He is an excellent teacher who makes complex material interesting. Not only does he cover the nuts and bolts of script supervision, he tells the classes the inside hints on how to behave in the movie industry.Jim is always available for students, and after you have completed the course he remains open and available. When you have completed your first work assignment he reviews it and assists you in improving it.I would strongly recommend Cinema Arts Tech to anyone interested in working in the movie industry. The instruction in Cinema Arts Tech is better than that in the over priced film schools. For approximately $1,500 you get a better education than you get for several hundred thousand dollars at an overpriced school like USC.Jim Kelly Durgin is clearly the master teacher of script supervision and his graduates work in all the top productions in Hollywood.

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I attended the script supervisor class at Cinema Arts Tech and found it to be excellent. The teacher, Jim Kelly Durgin has an encyclopedit knowledge of the film industry and has been working in production since the early 1960s.He is an excellent teacher who makes complex material interesting. Not only does he cover the nuts and bolts of script supervision, he tells the classes the inside hints on how to behave in the movie industry.Jim is always available for students, and after you have completed the course he remains open and available. When you have completed your first work assignment he reviews it and assists you in improving it.I would strongly recommend Cinema Arts Tech to anyone interested in working in the movie industry. The instruction in Cinema Arts Tech is better than that in the over priced film schools. For approximately $1,500 you get a better education than you get for several hundred thousand dollars at an overpriced school like USC.Jim Kelly Durgin is clearly the master teacher of script supervision and his graduates work in all the top productions in Hollywood.

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I accidently stumbled across a very alarming and negative comment about one of my favorite schools... Cinema Arts Tech. Needless to say I was quite shocked to read all the negative things about the school that I CAN PROUDLY say I attended. I came all the way from San Francisco to take the course and I NEVER ONCE heard anything bad or derogatory from any of the instructors or students. I learned A LOT from Cinema Arts Tech and I am recommending it to my friends who are looking to change their careers or to young students who are looking to break into the film world. After being out in the field my first day...I could see (as my instructor mentioned) that I knew a lot more than those that attended "other schools". If you want to learn from the best...you go to the best and Cinema Arts Tech provides just that and I am proud to say I went there and I DID get my money's worth and will continue to refer Cinema Arts Tech to all my friends interested in this field of work.

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I accidently stumbled across a very alarming and negative comment about one of my favorite schools... Cinema Arts Tech. Needless to say I was quite shocked to read all the negative things about the school that I CAN PROUDLY say I attended. I came all the way from San Francisco to take the course and I NEVER ONCE heard anything bad or derogatory from any of the instructors or students. I learned A LOT from Cinema Arts Tech and I am recommending it to my friends who are looking to change their careers or to young students who are looking to break into the film world. After being out in the field my first day...I could see (as my instructor mentioned) that I knew a lot more than those that attended "other schools". If you want to learn from the best...you go to the best and Cinema Arts Tech provides just that and I am proud to say I went there and I DID get my money's worth and will continue to refer Cinema Arts Tech to all my friends interested in this field of work.

Pros: What is the hidden agenda here?

Cons: First impressions are not always accurate.

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The course at Cinema Arts Tech teaches a wide amount of information on the film business. The stories are about what to do and proper etiquette on film sets and relationships afterward to protect one working on a film and the person?s reputation. The training prepares one to do the job on day one and it includes critique to improve ones work over time with the experiences gained. The courses are flexible to aid in meeting student scheduling needs many places don't offer that. If you want to work in film take a look here you will be pleasantly surprised.

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★★★★☆

The course at Cinema Arts Tech teaches a wide amount of information on the film business. The stories are about what to do and proper etiquette on film sets and relationships afterward to protect one working on a film and the person?s reputation. The training prepares one to do the job on day one and it includes critique to improve ones work over time with the experiences gained. The courses are flexible to aid in meeting student scheduling needs many places don't offer that. If you want to work in film take a look here you will be pleasantly surprised.

Pros: Good training

Cons: Building can be warm.

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At first I was excited about the idea of becoming a script supervisor. I went to a free seminar at the elk restaurant next to the classroom and I listened to people who had completed the training and had a lot of encouraging things to say. Then I met someone who had gone through the program and she said it was all terrible. She said the teacher who operates the school was a crazy man who made comments all during the classes about women and the way things used to be and that all the other training from schools was bad. She said all he did all the time was talk about himself and a lot of things nobody wanted to know and only talk about script supervising a little bit. She said that by the end of the program she didn't even feel like going to class anymore because she needed more instruction but she couldn't take it anymore of the man talking and talking about himself and his ideas and memories about everything. I will not enroll in his program. I am looking for another program that is less time and that he does not recommend. I think that I will like to be a script supervisor but I do not have a lot of time to waste and listen to someone's ideas. I only want training. I have a boyfriend and I am not looking for a date.

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At first I was excited about the idea of becoming a script supervisor. I went to a free seminar at the elk restaurant next to the classroom and I listened to people who had completed the training and had a lot of encouraging things to say. Then I met someone who had gone through the program and she said it was all terrible. She said the teacher who operates the school was a crazy man who made comments all during the classes about women and the way things used to be and that all the other training from schools was bad. She said all he did all the time was talk about himself and a lot of things nobody wanted to know and only talk about script supervising a little bit. She said that by the end of the program she didn't even feel like going to class anymore because she needed more instruction but she couldn't take it anymore of the man talking and talking about himself and his ideas and memories about everything. I will not enroll in his program. I am looking for another program that is less time and that he does not recommend. I think that I will like to be a script supervisor but I do not have a lot of time to waste and listen to someone's ideas. I only want training. I have a boyfriend and I am not looking for a date.

Pros: He knows how to do script supervisor job.

Cons: He is inconsiderate and disrespectful.

 

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