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James Franco to teach a college course...about James Franco

02.03.2011

We've previously discussed James Franco's penchant for being busy 100% of his life, and the theory that he might actually be some sort of cyborg or alien spy as no human could physically do as much as he does.

School has been a particular interest to him outside of acting, and he's attended many different universities, at one point taking sixty credits in ONE semester. But now he's moving from being a student to a teacher, and is poised to oversee a class at Columbia College Hollywood (not related to Columbia University where Franco received an MFA).

The course is called Master Class: Editing James Franco ... With James Franco, and the official course synopsis is as follows:

"12 of the private film school's best editing students [will] create a 30-minute documentary film from videographic footage from Mr. Franco's own unorthodox career." And yes, Franco will be stopping by to teach and guide them on this documentary about his own life.

The press release explains further:

"Mr. Franco's frequent collaborator and editor Tyler Danna is teaching the course ... Mr. Franco is providing the footage -- much of it from behind the scenes on short films he has directed -- and the conception for the course and will speak to the students weekly via live feed (Skype) and attend the weekly class sessions when his schedule allows. The student editors will seek to create a cinematic image of James Franco through the footage."

I guess you could view this as being kind of arrogant on his part, but I'm going to go ahead and say it's just hilarious. There really is no one in Hollywood like this guy.

Extra Tidbit: And remember, if you want to learn ACTING from James Franco, there's always this.
Source: Cinematical

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7:59AM on 02/04/2011
This is going to be one exciting course.
This is going to be one exciting course.
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11:29PM on 02/03/2011

Technically

The course is not about James Franco but about film editing and Tyler Danna is teaching the course not James Franco. I assume that James Franco's feedback will affect their grade though so it gives the students a bit of incentive to impress him.
The course is not about James Franco but about film editing and Tyler Danna is teaching the course not James Franco. I assume that James Franco's feedback will affect their grade though so it gives the students a bit of incentive to impress him.
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11:01PM on 02/03/2011
"arrogant"? No. I bet it's all in good fun. He's that type of guy.
"arrogant"? No. I bet it's all in good fun. He's that type of guy.
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7:45PM on 02/03/2011
I love Franco and his performances. Making a course about him seems a little egocentric, however.
I love Franco and his performances. Making a course about him seems a little egocentric, however.
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7:24PM on 02/03/2011
What will really blow your mind is that he will also take the class and get the highest grade, but not because he knows himself so well, but because he's better than everyone else.
What will really blow your mind is that he will also take the class and get the highest grade, but not because he knows himself so well, but because he's better than everyone else.
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3:04PM on 02/03/2011

I love this man

Anyone else think Franco is just fucking with us at this point? Next we'll hear that he's starring in a movie as himself starring in a movie as Joaquin Phoenix.
Anyone else think Franco is just fucking with us at this point? Next we'll hear that he's starring in a movie as himself starring in a movie as Joaquin Phoenix.
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1:45PM on 02/03/2011

James Franco is the man

James Franco is one of the most interesting people alive. He took 62 credits in one semester while continuing to act and his performance in "127 Hours" is one of the best I've seen in years. He's got my respect.
James Franco is one of the most interesting people alive. He took 62 credits in one semester while continuing to act and his performance in "127 Hours" is one of the best I've seen in years. He's got my respect.
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1:36PM on 02/03/2011
I really hope he releases these edits. I bet there will be some hilarity to be found.
I really hope he releases these edits. I bet there will be some hilarity to be found.
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1:30PM on 02/03/2011

Wicked rad

I don't see it as arrogant or self centered. More like he's just using the resources he's gotten during a great career to help teach aspiring Hollywood types. I'd say it's noble in a very fun, and very Franco way. Fucking love this guy. Never does what's expected in a career path of boring archetypes.
I don't see it as arrogant or self centered. More like he's just using the resources he's gotten during a great career to help teach aspiring Hollywood types. I'd say it's noble in a very fun, and very Franco way. Fucking love this guy. Never does what's expected in a career path of boring archetypes.
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1:27PM on 02/03/2011
Franco does it again. Wish I had a class such as this.
Franco does it again. Wish I had a class such as this.
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1:24PM on 02/03/2011
Despite him not actually being there in person, this is still pretty cool.

I mean if I was one of the students enrolled in the class, I would be pretty excited for a chance to be in class with James Franco AND actually getting credits for it.

And that tidbit is always hilarious no matter how many times you watch it.
Despite him not actually being there in person, this is still pretty cool.

I mean if I was one of the students enrolled in the class, I would be pretty excited for a chance to be in class with James Franco AND actually getting credits for it.

And that tidbit is always hilarious no matter how many times you watch it.
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1:06PM on 02/03/2011
I think it's very misleading to say he's teaching a class on himself. All of the media outlets who cover this use that headline, but in truth he's just providing the students with personal footage for them to edit together, something unique to someone in his place (to be able to give them enough footage to construct a compelling doc).
I think it's very misleading to say he's teaching a class on himself. All of the media outlets who cover this use that headline, but in truth he's just providing the students with personal footage for them to edit together, something unique to someone in his place (to be able to give them enough footage to construct a compelling doc).
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