You already know Werner Herzog (Signs of Life, Nosferatu the Vampyre, The Wild Blue Yonder) marches to his own beat, and he’s full of amazing (and hilarious) thoughts, but did you know the author and filmmaker has his own film school? He calls it Rogue Film School (because of course), and the official rules are predictably a little bit different from most schools:
(4.) The Rogue Film School will not teach anything technical related to film-making. For this purpose, please enroll at your local film school.
(8.) Related, but more practical subjects, will be the art of lockpicking. Traveling on foot. The exhilaration of being shot at unsuccessfully. The athletic side of filmmaking. The creation of your own shooting permits. The neutralization of bureaucracy. Guerrilla tactics. Self reliance.
(9.) Censorship will be enforced. There will be no talk of shamans, of yoga classes, nutritional values, herbal teas, discovering your Boundaries, and Inner Growth.
And, honestly, wouldn’t any true would-be director choose Herzog’s school? Not only do you spend less time in the classroom (weekends only) and get more hands-on experience, those experiences are guaranteed to be unique. I’ll let Mr. Herzog explain himself.
If you can’t watch the video at work, here’s a highlight.
No, really! It’s actually a pretty great story, so do watch as soon as you are able.
Also, who’s up to fund my Kickstarter to go to the Rogue School?
Herzog’s latest documentary, Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World, ponders robots, AI, and the internet and is available in theaters and on streaming outlets now.