I found the article the college wrote about me...

Ok, so let me just get this out there.... I "googled" myself.... Pix, keep your comments to yourself... I'm at work, what else was I going to do? Anyway, the college I work at has written a couple newspaper articles about my work and I was nominated this past couple of weeks for one of the "most influencial people" at the college. I found the second article that they wrote about me, and I thought you guys would like to see it.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Alum returns to teach screenwriting class
Jessica Hagendorn

Advertising/Marketing Director

No ‘ing’ words or introductions allowed. This is just one rule students learned in a special screenwriting course recently offered at ECC. The classes were taught by Mat Elfring, who also taught a special class on comic books this time last year. Elfring noted the common student’s ignorance to screenwriting practices.

“Most people just know creative writing, novel writing, poetry,” said Elfring.

Originally a short story writer himself, Elfring was encouraged to pursue writing scripts by ECC English instructor Rachel Tecza when he was a student. Now he holds a degree in it as well as in critical film analysis.

The course was spread out over three sessions that covered the basics of screen writing and the industry. The first class focused on pre-writing, the second was about formatting and the last was about revising and selling a script.

“Here’s what a bad script looks like,” Elfring said as the last class started. “It’s one of mine.” Then he let the four students pick his work apart, exercising what they’d already learned.

“I wouldn’t mind it [the course] being a regular class,” student Jake Pauling said. Pauling is also taking a fiction writing class this semester.

Becky Teets, another student in the class, agreed.

“I think he has a lot of good information, more than he can share in three nights, unfortunately,” Teets said.

It is uncertain whether or not the course will be brought back next year, although Elfring is looking into the possibility of creating a critiquing group, not unlike the Creative Writing Club, specifically for script writers.

However, according to Elfring, writing a script and getting it made into a movie are two completely different things. In his opinion, the chances are near zero.

“You have to be amazing at what you do, and have a second job,” Elfring said."
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Posted by Fearless Flanagan

woow

Posted by Kurrent
@inferiorego: Good Stuff Man.....Kudos

“You have to be amazing at what you do, and have a second job,”....words to live by...lol
Posted by inferiorego

Kurrent said:
@inferiorego: Good Stuff Man.....Kudos“You have to be amazing at what you do, and have a second job,”....words to live by...lol [more]
It's 100% true. I write comics and create short films and edit.... I LOVE the work I do, but the pay isn't reliable. The short film stuff RARELY pays out, the comic book writing is a crapshoot each year, and while the editing makes me mucho bucks, I only do freelance three times a year. And that right there is the reason I have so many jobs. But I love it.

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Posted by Dreadmaster

That was nice of what they said about you.

This is gonna be you

  
Posted by Kurrent
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 I would love to get into stuff like that the comics more so then the short films but I can definitely appreciate film.. Do you have anything available we could take a look at or a comic we can read
Posted by Dupe

Awwww, students love you. That has to be a new experience :p

Posted by inferiorego
dreadmaster said:
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That.... was....awesome


Kurrent said:
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Film-wise: This was the first documentary I ever did. I was in college and it won an award that year for best short doc. Looking back, I hate it and want to make soooooo many changes. Otherwise, there's tons videos I've done, some that I spent a lot of time on, and some I did in an hour, on that youtube account.

  

Comicwise... hmmm.... There's the first comic I ever started working on "50 To Life". There's rough sketches on their for the characters. The book never got completed, my artist quit, it was his first book and he couldn't handle deadlines.
Here is a sketch of the main character from my American Folklore Trilogy "Wrath of Nature" That guy is actually tattooed on me. That book will be out in a couple of years, I've spent 2 years already just on research of Native American Tribes in California, that's why it takes so long.
You've all seen "Bunch of Capes" before, which is only on CV as of this time.
There's "Gorgator" which we will be selling this summer.
And there's two other books I'm currently writing, "Without a Gun" my first attempt at Sci-Fi and "Death to John Lumes" a crime noir character study with a splash of sci-fi
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Posted by inferiorego
@Dupe: They all stabbed me after class
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Posted by Kurrent
@inferiorego: Dude I can't see half of that stuff here at work I will check it out as soon as I get home though
Posted by No_Name_

Congratulations! That is great news! It's so rewarding to finally fell that you are valued and recognized for your hard work. :)

Posted by inferiorego
@Babs: Administration doesn't admire me too much, students and fellow faculty do. All-in-all, I get more credit for my work at ComicVine than anywhere else.
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Posted by Dreadmaster
@Inferiorego: That is why Comicvine admire's you. =)
Posted by Final Arrow

I googled you and the results well....will that sheep every be the same again.

Posted by inferiorego
Final Arrow said:
I googled you and the results well....will that sheep every be the same again.
Well, considering I ate it afterwards... no... no it won't.
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Posted by Final Arrow
inferiorego said:
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OMG you ate him....what with?
Posted by inferiorego
Final Arrow said:
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mint sauce
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Posted by Final Arrow
inferiorego said:
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Any spuds or roast spuds.
Posted by inferiorego
Final Arrow said:
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Green beans and a baked potato. White wine to drink
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Posted by Final Arrow
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Sounds nice, any company?
Posted by inferiorego
Final Arrow said:
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nope all alone
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Posted by Final Arrow
inferiorego said:
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Hmmm sounds like a nice night...Any music?
Posted by inferiorego
Final Arrow said:
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no, just the wind
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Posted by Final Arrow
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What about wind chimes? Im sure you must have had wind chimes.
Posted by inferiorego
Final Arrow said:
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it was in a field
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Posted by Final Arrow
inferiorego said:
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Candle light or was that to dangerous?
Posted by inferiorego
Final Arrow said:
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it was the afternoon... in New Zealand.
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Posted by Final Arrow
inferiorego said:
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Nice, how did you get there? (Ah randomness how I love you xD)
Posted by inferiorego
Final Arrow said:
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I rode this blog until morning
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Posted by Final Arrow
inferiorego said:
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Ah I was riding the thread, thats why I missed you!
Posted by Slinger

Am I the only one who giggled at the name Becky "Teets"?

Posted by inferiorego
Slinger said:
Am I the only one who giggled at the name Becky "Teets"?
She frustrated me... When I was teaching, she came in to take notes, and she kept interrupting me during my lecturing. I believe at one point during the night I said something like, "Only people who paid me can interrupt my class"
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Posted by EisforExtinction

Well done sir.

The day I'm most influential anything is a terrible day for society.

Posted by inferiorego

You're the most influential Easy E fan on CV.

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