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NYU alums pay tribute to Tisch

NYU Tisch: 20 Years at Sundance

“There was a group of us that was on the bleeding edge; we were making musicvideos, doing ambitious projects and saving money from summer jobs to blow on film, then we’d break into labs on campus at night — some locks were picked, some grates smashed up, keys stolen — and stealing time to do our work. We were all in pursuit of making great stuff. Together we were going to conquer the industry.”
— Nicholas Jarecki (“Arbitrage” writer-director Tisch undergraduate program, 1999 graduate)

There was a second-year film class called Sight and Sound, where you’re on a team and over the year you make five films, rotating positions for each film. So you’re learning camera, light, sound, editing — but what they’re really teaching you is how to work with four other people. That’s the far more important thing, getting four other people to help you get your movie on screen. That prepares you for anything.”
— Thomas Lennon (actor-writer-director Tisch undergraduate program, 1992 graduate)

“In my three years there, I acted all day, every day, playing a range of roles I would never be cast in professionally. New York University instilled in me a vision of myself as a transformative actor. I learned not to limit myself, and not to reduce my performance to the expected or the acceptable.”
— Corey Stoll (actor, Tisch master’s program 2003 graduate)

“Studying film at NYU helped me understand the fundamentals of the filmmaking process, while at the same time it allowed me to start discovering my voice as a filmmaker. The curriculum and staff provided experiences that reinforced the confidence one needs to make it in this industry.”
Morgan Spurlock (director, Tisch undergraduate program, 1994 graduate)

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