Thank you for your carefully crafted words which say nothing. Your response was not surprising, since insincerity has become Northwest Film Center School of Film's product. I feel that I'm the recipient of your vacant reply because I no longer represent a potential income stream to your organization now that I've graduated, even though I've paid several thousand dollars in student tuition and equipment rental fees to your organization in the past four years. I'm disappointed and discouraged by your complete lack of accountability. Apple may have left you ""in a pinch by overstating the capabilities of its SoundTrack Pro2 software,"" but it's a pinch you've known about for almost two years, and you continue to wrongfully offer this course in your array of educational products.
I verified directly with each SR&PP student, through both verbal confirmation and the screening of class projects, that we were not taught what NWFC School of Film promised to teach us (as expressed in the course prospectus posted in your organization's website and newsletter): to produce a final soundtrack using SoundTrack Pro2.
It's feigned ignorance by Wayne Woods to claim class proficiency. Not one student was able to round-trip their entire project (from FCP to STP2 and back to FCP) for a final mix. In fact, he couldn't do it himself! I repeat, Wayne Woods could not produce a final soundtrack. His in-class demonstrations used single clips only. He was never able to show students how to mix a final soundtrack. This put Wayne in a very vulnerable position. Not only was he unable to address student concerns, he had to give students passing grades for round-tripping one isolated clip in their class projects. If you'd taken time to check the project files on the SR&PP class hard drives in an effort to do some well-intentioned research (or speak with other SR&PP students directly, as I did), you'd already know this. Instead, you chose to direct your energy into your own self-preservation via an ambiguous dismissal of my candid and in-depth review of the SR&PP course. I've made clear to you in my letter that many of my classmates already had lowered expectations of the SR&PP course deliverables. They'd heard from other students (who took the course in previous terms) that NWFC School of Film was ""overstating"" its ""capabilities,"" which brings me to my next point.
Northwest Film Center School of Film has knowingly, and repeatedly, breached an implied contract, and your hollow response to my letter shows nothing at all of the good faith you claim.
False statements or promises made by a seller regarding the quality or nature of goods or services constitutes legal misrepresentation. I can see that even after you received my letter, and conveyed in your response to me previous and current knowledge of the problems with the Sound Recording & Post Production course, NWFC School of Film continues to offer this course in its prospectus. In fact, NWFC is offering the SR&PP course next term (Winter 2010) with the course prospectus making identical (verbatim) misrepresentations to which I fell victim. I urge you to reconsider your position in this matter. Blow smoke up somebody else's ass. I want my money fully refunded.
Here are two excerpts from Ellen Thomas' reply and denial of my refund:
""Apple has certainly put us in a pinch by overstating the capabilities of its SoundTrack Pro2 software, and by failing to provide adequate written training materials for classroom use. I believe Wayne has done a good job of creating work-arounds by asking students to use online resources...We will certainly upgrade the digital editing lab when we can.""
""...a class description is not a promise or a contract, nor a set of deliverables, but rather a good faith statement of intent...I am denying your request for a refund.""
If you want to be an employed professional filmmaker, do not go to this school!
Cons: BAIT & SWITCH!