As a chameleonic actor, Mathew McConaughey has taught us many lessons. Namely: no role is too weird to be worth your while, and romantic comedies can, in fact, propel you to Oscar-winning parts. But now he’s gearing up for a whole other kind of teaching: the classroom type.
For the second time, McConaughey will be co-teaching an advanced filmmaking seminar at his alma mater, the University of Texas at Austin. The class, which will be capped at only 30 students, starts up this fall and is called “Advanced Producing: Script to Screen.” The main professor is one Scott Rice, but the course description listed online is quick to namedrop both McConaughey and Gary Ross, the director of The Hunger Games as well as Free State of Jones, which is also McConaughey’s latest release — and the primary case study of the course.
“By studying the movie’s source material, script, shot lists, storyboards, shooting schedule, VFX, final cut and even exclusive behind the scenes footage, students will garner insight into the production of a major Hollywood feature,” the description notes. The students will mainly be treated to McConaughey’s presence via recorded videos, but there will be “at least one on-campus visit,” public affairs representative for the school Lauren Phillips told My San Antonio.
So if you’re lucky enough to make the cut for the class, you might only have one big shot to slay that first impression with McConaughey. Better start practicing now.