If there were two favorite films from the past year I had to choose from I’d probably go with Looper/ Paranorman or The Avengers/ Django Unchained.
After college I’d love to get a job at Laika or Imaginary Forces, somewhere that playing in order to create great films would be essentially the DNA of our working environment.
You aren’t really encouraged to collaborate heavily in film school or half the time people are just ripping off ideas (like my last university), which makes the filmmaking process very solitary out of the need to protect one’s work/ ideas. Quite frankly that makes getting feedback a pain since the pool of people to share work in progress or completed is extremely small.
But, one good thing since moving to LA has been that the “collab pool” has been a huge help to me writing, directing and even working with actors.