(this one's for the cinematography geeks)
while watching a clip from Citizen Kane:
ME: "So, what kind of camera movement did you notice?"
KID WHO THINKS HE IS CONRAD HALL: "There was definitely some Steadicam."
ME: "Well... Steadicam wasn't invented until 1976, but good guess."
after watching the opening of Silence of the Lambs
KID: "I just didn't buy the performance of the actor playing Hannibal Lecter. He wasn't creepy enough- I can think of 5 or 6 actors who would have been a lot creepier."
TEACHER: *stunned silence*
OTHER KID: "Didn't he win an Oscar for this?"
during critique of the kids' experimental short films:
KID: "I thought whoever did the camera did a good job of keeping it in focus."
TEACHER: *laughing uncontrollably* "When having something in focus becomes the benchmark of quality, I just... I don't know."
KID: "I really liked how they used the clock to represent time."
TEACHER, LATER AT BAR: "The clock doesn't REPRESENT time, the clock IS TIME. YOU ACTUALLY SEE IT PASSING."
KID OPERATING CAMERA: "OK, so put the slate in... ok now unslate! Unslate! I mean deslate! I mean whatever, just get out."