James Franco Teaching Online Film Class -- How to Get His Attention

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In case you thought James Franco didn't have enough going on in his life, what with his acting, performance art, painting, getting multiple degrees from Ivy league schools, building houses for homeless children in the Tundra, - nah, I made that last one up, but I wouldn't be surprised if he did - he is now teaching an online Skillshare course.

Skillshare is a website where people of all shapes and sizes share their skills. Duh. The courses range from writing to computer programming to just about everything in between. How you become a skill-sharer I do not know, but having taken a course, I will say that for its inexpensive cost, $20 - 30 and its easy pace, it's worth it to learn something new.

What skill will James Franco be sharing? Screenwriting for short film, of course, because you knew he did that too, right? According to the class description:

"I've been involved in the world of film since 2007 - acting, directing, producing, writing and teaching. In 2005 I started Rabbit Bandini Productions with my former acting school classmate, Vince Jolivette. Together we've produced upwards of 40 films, running the gamut from dramas to comedies; feature-length films to shorts."

An Online Skillshare Class by James Franco

The course consists of putting together an eight-minute script, which your peers will judge and give feedback. The more "likes" you get for your script, the better the odds that Franco will read it. The top 10 most liked projects will get the once over from Franco and Jolivette, and they will announce their favorite three. One of these projects will get a 1-on-1 with the two filmmakers.

So your odds are pretty slim. As of this post, there are 2,000 students taking the course. Because you're bored today, let's just pretend you took the course and your script made it into the top 10. How then do you get Franco's attention? I've got five ideas for you.

5. Go Totally Meta Franco has claimed that some of his wacko stunts are pure performance art, whether that's true or not, who knows. Regardless, if you can be completely meta, this might grab him by the balls. Write a screenplay about yourself taking a Skillshare class where James Franco is your teacher and he picks your script out of the top 10. In the end, you win the one-on-one time with him and you tell him the meaning of life. Guess what Franco, want to know the meaning of life? Pick this script.

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4. Make of Fun of Him Franco enjoys being the center of attention, but he can also take some fun poking at his expense. He proved his good sense of humor during the Franco Comedy Central Roast that he organized. Additionally, in This Is the End, he played right into the rumors that not only is he gay, but he in love with Seth Rogan.

Try your hand at a comedic script about an actor turn artist turn student turn writer turn director turn Broadway actor turn teacher who is not Franco but sounds like him and is high all the time, but he keeps stepping in poop wherever he goes. Literally stepping in poop.

3. Use His Writing Franco has written a collection of short work entitled Palo Alto, which was published by Scribner in 2010. The book got mixed reviews; on the whole the criticism was that it was well-written but had little substance. Who cares! Take one of his stories and turn it into an 8-minute script. You should probably credit him. Or not, he did, after all, stand up for Shia Labeouf's plagiarism in the New York Times, so maybe he will be into yours.

2. Instagram It Franco's latest headlines, aside from taking the stage in a Broadway production of Of Mice and Men, have been due to his behavior on Instagram. He's been taking shirtless photos of himself, in addition to pictures of cats with James Franco scarves on and, oh yeah, then he tried to hook up with a 17-year-old Scottish girl.

Maybe a screen play about a couple who meets over the photo-social media site or, even better, about a creepy older actor who tries to pick up girls via the app and gets caught by the police and claims it was for art.

1. Go Totally Weird Franco comes off as a real weirdo sometimes. Whether it's in real life, he had a reoccurring role on General Hospital, or as an actor, he's known to take on some very bizarre roles. One of my favorites was when he played himself on 30 Rock and he was in love with a giant anime body pillow named Kimikotan.

Franco is also well-read and a cinephile, so you might impress him with a weirdo, neo-something, avante garde, throwback type of script. Basically, write a script about nothing that involves people screaming and crows. That'll get his attention.

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