The Tyler Willis PR Machine Keeps on Rolling
I Received a glowing writeup in my flim school‘s wonderful newsletter. Pretty awesome, the write up can be viewed in it’s entirety after the break or can be seen with the photos and edited version on the San Francisco School of Digital Film’s testimonials site.
I’ll add this to the massive list of positive press on me, bringing the current count to… 2 articles — My public loves me (okay end deluded hollywood star moment)
Tyler Willis, a student at the San Francisco School of Digital Film, first fell in love with visual arts when he saw â€œThe Godfatherâ€ as a young man. As he matured, technological interests and entrepreneurial dreams combined with his love of cinema and grew into a passion for making films.\n
After graduating high school in 2005, Tyler journeyed to Europe, and he attributes an eye-opening period of personal growth to the six months he spent traveling and living there. His original travel plans were to have later taken him through the Middle East and eventually into Southeast Asia, but reports and visuals of Hurricane Katrinaâ€™s destruction in New Orleans haunted his thoughts and interrupted those plans. â€œI was there enjoying a wonderful, enriching opportunity while people at home were suffering and dying. It was really troubling to me.â€ The sparkle in his eyes is unmistakable as he recalls the moment. â€œIt was really profound. Iâ€™d been surfing all week in Portugal and just didnâ€™t feel quite right. My surfing was off, and I remember finally realizing what was bugging me. It really was an epiphany â€" in the philosophical sense of the word â€" and once I knew the problem I knew I had to go there and try to help.â€\n
One thing is clear when you meet Tyler: he doesnâ€™t comprehend â€œimpossible.â€ Traveling back to the U.S. into a destroyed city and starting a charity focused on rebuilding its education system (considered one of the worst in the nation even before the storm) was simply, according to his Project New Orleans website, a noble goal to be attained â€œthrough personal involvement.â€ His goals were lofty, and the results of his 14-month-long project were mixed. Of his time there he says, â€œI think we did some good, and I have a lot of hope for long-term progress based on the people I met there and the groups still working there.â€\n
After returning to the Bay Area to pursue a college education, he found an advertisement for the San Francisco School of Digital Film online and immediately signed up for its five-week summer course. â€œMy intention was to test it out and maybe come for the full course after college, but I was smitten. I signed up for the full course in the second week.â€ He is currently completing his third short film at the school and has discovered a love for documentary filmmaking. â€œIâ€™d love to make films about social injustice and use them to make change. There have been a lot of great documentaries about Hurricane Katrina, but I donâ€™t think any of them have captured the whole story. In my vision, the storm and its aftermath would be best presented as a series of small films, each showing a specific piece of the puzzle.â€\n
Indeed, heâ€™s not lost his famous ambition. In addition to film school, he continues to work toward an undergraduate degree and also works at a San Francisco technology startup. â€œIâ€™ll never lose my love for the technology and business side of things, but Iâ€™d love to find a way to forge all of my passions and meld them into a career.â€ One gets the sense he just might be successful when he confidently offers, â€œI think I almost have it figured out. I can’t talk about it, but I’m working on a really exciting project.â€ YouTube might want to beware; at the age of 20, I think heâ€™s got plenty of time.\n
How a cataclysm worse than what killed the dinosaurs destroyed 90 percent of all life on Earth.
While the demise of the dinosaurs gets more attention as far as mass extinctions go, an even more disastrous event called "the Great Dying” or the “End-Permian Extinction” happened on Earth prior to that. Now scientists discovered how this cataclysm, which took place about 250 million years ago, managed to kill off more than 90 percent of all life on the planet.
A new study discovers the “liking gap” — the difference between how we view others we’re meeting for the first time, and the way we think they’re seeing us.
We tend to be defensive socially. When we meet new people, we’re often concerned with how we’re coming off. Our anxiety causes us to be so concerned with the impression we’re creating that we fail to notice that the same is true of the other person as well. A new study led by Erica J. Boothby, published on September 5 in Psychological Science, reveals how people tend to like us more in first encounters than we’d ever suspect.
Using advanced laser technology, scientists at NASA will track global changes in ice with greater accuracy.
Leaving from Vandenberg Air Force base in California this coming Saturday, at 8:46 a.m. ET, the Ice, Cloud, and Land Elevation Satellite-2 — or, the "ICESat-2" — is perched atop a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket, and when it assumes its orbit, it will study ice layers at Earth's poles, using its only payload, the Advance Topographic Laser Altimeter System (ATLAS).
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