March 31st, 2011
09:31 AM ET
He's already teaching a class about himself at Columbia College Hollywood, and now James Franco is taking his knowledge to NYU. The everywhere actor will serve as the instructor for a third-year course on directing at the Tisch School of the Arts, reports the New York Post.
The course will be limited to 12 students and will focus on adapting poetry into short films. Oscar nominee Franco has previously directed several short films, is planning to direct three screenplays, and recently teamed up with rockers R.E.M. to direct two mini movies for the group's Collapse Into Now Film Project.
"He's here to teach because he really knows something about directing that he can share with our students," John Tintori, chair of the graduate film program, tells the New York Post. "He's incredibly prolific, and that comes from a real work ethic — and that's another thing to impart to our students."
Student reaction to Franco's new gig, however, has been mixed.
"I think using celebrities is great," Heather Fink told the paper. "We want successful people who know about the business."
Meanwhile, Ashley Lawwill is holding off on taking the course. "I find it absolutely ridiculous and silly to sign up just because he's James Franco," she said. "I imagine in the first year, it'll be a lot of people just there for the name."
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