Last Wednesday, 181 Tisch Film students received an email with the subject line “nyu filmm invites you to check out their new page.” The message was brief — just a link to a Facebook page — and signed at the bottom, “xoxo, nyu filmm.” After a visit to the page, which is only a cover photo and a link to their Tumblr, it’s clear that whoever is behind NYU Filmm (that’s film with two “m”-s) is undoubtedly making fun of the program, or rather the kids in it.
To understand this mockery, let’s first take a look at the NYU Film Tumblr (that’s one “m” this time). Turns out, it’s one of those “What Should We Call Me”-type blogs consisting of esoteric film-related titles like, “Day One Of The Shoot And Someone Starts The C47 Game,” and quippy GIFs resulting from arbitrary Google searches like “little kid saying oh my gosh.gif.” (For the record “C47” is film lingo for a clothespin. Go figure.) Although the NYU Film Tumblr is not officially affiliated with Tisch, one might think that film students running a blog that represents such a prestigious program would be a little better than “disinterested cat” GIFS.
That’s where NYU Filmm steps in. The satirical blog reminds us that there are assholes in the film program and even bigger assholes than we thought. Although NYU Filmm assumes the same header and “what should we call me” format as its rival, it somehow elicits more laughs in 4 pages than NYU Film does in 53. Although the former is also guilty of reality TV show image searches, it’s the conversation they’ve established with NYU Film that gives them the upper hand and tells, or rather shows, us that the whole thing is one big prank.
Although nothing is known about the creator (or creators) of NYU Filmm, it can be assumed that they are in the film program given the time invested in the blog and the beef they’ve tried starting with NYU Film. Despite the satirical Tumblr’s efforts, however, NYU Film seems flattered by the joke and acknowledged NYU Filmm’s efforts yesterday by thanking them for the “shout outs.”