Oscar nominee James Franco teaches film class in uni

Thursday August 4, 2011

James Franco is helping students at New York University to produce and release their own movie.

The Planet Of The Apes star is teaching a class at NYU's Karbar Institute of Film and Television.

And he wants to give students a chance to succeed in Hollywood just as he has done.

James told news programme Fox411: "It's a production class, so my students will collaborate and work together.

"By the end of the class, [they will] make a feature film that we will distribute.

"So I kind of see that as a way to give deserving students an opportunity to actually make something and give them the opportunities that I was given."

The actor-writer-artist has studied at a string of prestigious universities.

He graduated from UCLA  in California and obtained a masters in writing from Columbia University.

James also graduated in filmmaking from NYU and is still working towards a PhD in English at Yale.

He wants to show his students they can do whatever they put their mind to.

The 33-year-old star said: "I'm always supportive of people that go out and make things on their own.

"I spent many years as an actor auditioning and trying to get parts in big movies and being rejected.

"That's maybe one thing you have to do if you want to do a certain type of movie – but you can also go out and do your own thing.

"The technology of today is more accessible, and if people can go and do that and not have to depend on other types of gatekeepers to do what they love, I think they definitely should."

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