Robert M. Goodman

Digital Filmmaking & Video Production

Digital Filmmaking & Video Production Instructor
The Art Institute of Philadelphia

Robert M. Goodman

It's not what you've done, but you've done yesterday. Robert M. Goodman , Digital Filmmaking & Video Production Instructor , The Art Institute of Philadelphia

Was there a defining moment when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?

I was nine years old the first time I watched a film and understood that someone had created that experience for the audience.

How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience?

I use my 30+ years of experience—and what I learned yesterday—as the basis of we discuss in every class. The assignments I create, and what I expect from students, are based on the realities of the profession.

What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?

I assign challenging work in every class to push students to excel beyond their perceived limits. That’s why there’s a movement among my students to create a line of “I Survived Goodman” clothing.

How does collaboration contribute to students’ success?

The film and television industry is all about teamwork. I encourage students to learn to collaborate because that’s how the real world operates. Whenever I can, I create assignments that put students in teams working toward a common goal.

What’s the most important thing you impart to students to help them succeed in class and the real world?

A.D.A. Always deliver, always. It’s not what you’ve done, but what you’ve done yesterday. In this industry, there are 40 people in line for our jobs. In the real world, you don’t have permission to fail. You have to step up and meet expectations if you want to succeed.