Digital Filmmaking & Video Production
Digital Filmmaking & Video Production Instructor
The Art Institute of California—Hollywood, a campus of Argosy University
Step out of your safe zone. Andrzej Rattinger , Digital Filmmaking & Video Production Instructor , The Art Institute of California—Hollywood, a campus of Argosy University
Was there a defining moment when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?
I was seven years old when I saw Raiders of the Lost Ark. It’s been a wild ride ever since, with a few detours and bumps, but always sticking to the objective.
How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience?
I share my past and current experience with students. I encourage them to ask questions and I answer to the best of my ability. When I don’t know the answer, we work together to figure it out. I stress the importance of focus, dedication, and commitment, and while I don’t sugarcoat the challenges, I try to instill a sense of hope and joy in what they’re doing.
What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?
Every week, I have students watch at least one movie they’d otherwise never pick and then we discuss it. I make adventurous choices so they can come to class with a bit more of an open mind. I strongly encourage “pitch” sessions both in and out of class—students are used to only communicating within the relative safety of their circle of friends, so talking to new people forces them to pay attention to the response and reactions of different potential audiences.
How does collaboration contribute to students’ success—particularly when students from various programs work together?
Film is a collaborative art form. It’s vital that students learn to work with people from several disciplines, understanding what each one brings to a project and being open-minded about listening and communicating.
What’s the most important thing you impart to students to help them succeed in class and the real world?
Step out of your safe zone. Watch movies you think you might hate, listen to new music, absorb all manner of art, and collaborate with other artists. And don’t do anything that harms your career, even if it seems innocuous—don’t pirate movies!
Anything else you’d like to share?
I’m a Mexican filmmaker with Polish lineage living in the U.S., so I’m a bit of a mixed bag in terms of my cultural baggage and influences. This allows me to participate in the notions of diversity while also stepping aside to observe how it’s a vital fabric in the tapestry of the artistic community.