Kevin Smith is clearly an extension of his own films, so much so that at times it’s difficult to separate him from the crude-humored characters he’s created over his twenty year career as a writer, director, and actor. At a recent Q&A at The Los Angeles Film School, the students loudly greeted Kevin as he stood in front of them wearing his signature hockey jersey and long denim shorts, preparing to answer questions on the craft of film-making which would often send Kevin into a hilarious rant.
The Q&A session was part of the school’s on going “Film School Fridays” program, which was recorded and released as a podcast earlier this week. Students participated by asking questions raging in topics from how to find financial backing for their projects to how to treat crew members. LAC was excited to catch Kevin teach the young “cats” a thing or two about Hollywood.
While he never missed a beat to make fun of his weight, his pot smoking habits, or his sidekick Jason Mewes (the talking airhead member of Jay and Silent Bob), as the session progressed, the Q&A became more of an intimate talk among the students and their guest. The Kevin that seemed to had stepped right out of Mallrats, became the big brother in the room, genuinely motivating the students to pursue their dreams.
Kevin is set to retire from making “mainstream movies” after completing the third installment of the movie that started it all, Clerks, some time next year. Make sure to listen to the podcast at The Los Angels Film School’s website or Kevin Smith’s Smodcast.