July 13, 2007

Falk, Leon Silver_nugget
History of the Producer

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

If you have ever seen a movie take this course. Leon Falk played an extremely important part in Orion Pictures before it went under and his lectures are chalk full of crazy personal anecdotes about Pierce Brosnan, Robert Evans, Tarantino, and the Weinstein brothers. He is a current producer and has amazing personal insight into the Hollywood scene. Even if you're not planning on taking over a studio one day this class is still great. Super relaxed lecturing style filled with hilarious, juicy, and often shocking personal stories about insider Hollywood.
We once spent an entire lecture talking about the movie 300 since it had just come out. Even if you just show up for the film (which is totally fine since no one ever takes attendance) the class is rewarding. I used to hate old movies, however; he screens amazing old and new films that are both relevant and extremely entertaining. Class usually begins 10 minutes late with a brand new explanation of why Leon is late, which are invariably hilarious. He claims to have given me an A because i was one of the 5 people who showed up to class last semester on a particularly blizzardy day. This is the only class I would not skip. Having said all this, I would also like to say that if you are a prospective film major or would like to explore the possibility of becoming one, TAKE THIS CLASS and talk to Leon he is extremely receptive and helpful to those who wish to pursue a career in the film industry and full of helpful advice. Overall the best and most rewarding class I have ever taken.


Leon Falk provides weekly readings which he ONCE SUGGESTED we skim through. However if you do read these they are pretty good but by no means required. Two 8-10 page papers which are very easy to write and actually interesting to research. I am the slowest paper writer in the world and they both took me about a day to research and write.