Watch: Here's Martin Scorsese's Advice for the 2014 Graduating Class

Watch: Here's Martin Scorsese's Advice for the 2014 Graduating Class

Sep 17, 2014

 

Not all great filmmakers attended film school, but Martin Scorsese did. The experience changed his life. It was at New York University where Scorsese laid the groundwork for his future films with several short works—including What's a Nice Girl Like You Doing in a Place Like This? (1963), It's Not Just You, Murray! (1964) and The Big Shave (1967). The university’s Tisch School of the Arts invited the alumnus back to campus to give this year’s commencement speech.

Scorsese shared several intimate stories about his time there, as well as his thoughts on filmmaking today. We hear the tale of his first days at school, where he hoped he could simply “be in an atmosphere where he could share a love for film.” It was at NYU where a “whole new world” opened up to him. We’re also reminded of how great an influence professor Haig P. Manoogian had on the young director and that Elia Kazan became his “spiritual father.” Scorsese closes the half-hour speech expressing his excitement for film and editing. “It’s still exhilarating,” he says. “It’s still worth it.” For some film and life inspiration, set aside 30 minutes of your day for Scorsese’s wonderful speech.

 

 

 

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