My friend, colleague, client and former student Steve Balderson has been remarkably productive over the past decade. He has written and directed more than a dozen feature films, and he’s gained quite a reputation as the focal point of a new movement in Kansas for independent filmmaking.
Recently, he wrote about our relationship in his blog. For the computer challenged, the text is below. If you’d prefer, here’s the link:
I recommend you read it, and join up. He’s always got an interesting viewpoint! And, thank you, Steve!
August 20, 2014
Eric Sherman is my mentor and consultant and guru and… well, he’s just like Yoda. Only real. I first met Eric when I was a student at CalArts in the mid 90s. Eric taught Film Directing and on the first day of class, as he arrived, I handed him my business card. My attendance was spotty, but I thoroughly enjoyed learning what he had to share.
At the end of the semester, I left CalArts for a few weeks to direct a feature version of Anne Rice’s novel THE VAMPIRE LESTAT. See, for another class, we were given an assignment to direct something with texture (or something about composition in general). The assignment was supposed to be a short film, but I never thought in short-storytelling format, so I instantly thought I’d adapt and direct LESTAT since I’d just finished reading the book and was really inspired. Anyway, I had to leave CalArts in order to get back to Kansas to make the movie.
When I returned, most of my instructors asked where in the world had I been and I replied, “I was doing the assignment!” Then I handed them a double VHS set of the finished and edited movie. (Yes, this was before DVDs were invented and the movie was longer than 2 hours, so I had to use a second VHS tape to hold the last part).
Eric gave me an INCOMPLETE on my report card. I didn’t know what that meant, so I went to see him. Evidently if a student doesn’t attend the class, there’s no way for him or her to learn what is being taught in the class. Of course he was right.