Boys are doing significantly worse in school than girls, did you know that? Comparably, in terms of writing and reading, boys are doing as worse than girls than girls where doing worse than boys in science and math in 1950. That’s right, 1950. When was the last time you heard someone talk about this? You probably never have, so I’ll keep talking. Current college enrollment numbers are 60-40. Even if huge campaigns start tomorrow this gap won’t close minimum 30 years. This is just one issue.
Hey! This is going to be a very long answer, anonymous, so I hope you come back to read it. This is also a general statement to commenters and those who might take issue with the video. Anonymous, your answer is in the second paragraph after the break if you are impatient. Not all of this is addressed to you necessarily.
Actually, for some time now I have given some thought to opening a film school. But if I did start one up you would only be allowed to fill out an application form after you have walked alone on foot, let’s say from Madrid to Kiev, a distance of about five thousand kilometers. While walking, write. Write about your experiences and give me your notebooks. I would be able to tell who had really walked the distance and who had not. While you are walking you would learn much more about filmmaking and what it truly involves than you ever would sitting in a classroom. During your voyage you will learn more about what your future holds than in five years at film school. Your experiences would be the very opposite of academic knowledge, for academia is the death of cinema. It is the very opposite of passion.
—Werner Herzog (via immolator)