A Look-Back: My Journey at MoviepilotU

Yeah, that's me
Yeah, that’s me

Well, hi there (again). My name is Manas Rai, and this is my last article you will ever read… EVER….!

Haha… Just kidding (it was a bad joke, okay)

I am a sarcastic git who has a truly horrendous sense of humor (you know, that probably explains why I actually like Superhero Movie), but that’s beside the point, in my previous article, I talked about the stuff I have learned from MoviepilotU and I always knew that if I ever made it to the very end, this article would be the way I would conclude the course

Today, I want to talk about this course in a little more detail. Don’t worry, it won’t cross 1000 words, hopefully. So, here we go.

I started this course around the same time I moved to college as a freshman. So, I was a bit worried with the fact that I would not be able to keep up, but I loved writing on this site and I wanted a reason to keep writing-so I decided to join it anyway and I started the same week I got into college.


From there on, we were supposed to write 5 articles each week, based on the topic that given in the videos posted in on our Facebook group. Each video wasn’t specific to a particular subject matter or genre. I won’t reveal the topics as I am not entirely sure whether I am allowed to do so. But, let me put it this way, these videos were more about how to write rather than what to write. How did they pull this off?

Well, a group of us were assigned a mentor, someone who was a part of the Moviepilot community. My mentor was Samuel James Harries, who was one of my first admirers. He was one of the first people to comment and appreciate my very first post on Moviepilot. (He didn’t go easy on me, btw). So, I am kind of glad that I got him as my mentor, plus I learned a lot from him, so that’s a good thing. Anyways, our mentors would check and annotate our articles with suggestions and corrections, which we would then apply to the post and publish.

But there were some rough days. Sometimes, I hit a wall. I didn’t know what to write about. Sometimes, I just developed some articles I wrote on my blog prior to joining Moviepilot (sorry Samuel!) and posted them when I had no idea what to write about. In fact, I am sure my mentor would have noticed that I wrote some articles clearly for the sake of it, or at least, he knew I wasn’t giving my best.

But then there were those days when I knew what I needed to write. I would sit on my laptop hours on end to write something because I was passionate about it and I cherished that feeling. Soon, I realized that ideas would come from interacting with people, not by forcing yourself to think, and that is something I loved doing once I cracked the method.

This is my last week on the course and this is my last article for it. After six weeks, I am really not sure what to say. My fellow MoviepilotU’ers, I will miss the new articles I was always excited to read. My mentor, Samuel, I love you man. Thanks for everything. You put up with so much and you still took the time to find the positive stuff in what we wrote and encouraged us to do more. I loved your closing notes, and I sure as hell am going to miss them the most. I am going to miss the times when I used to come back from my classes and think of what I had to write. And finally, I want to thank Moviepilot, for opening up such a wonderful platform for people like us who want to be heard. I know a single thanks from a guy like me doesn’t mean much, but it is what I can say at the moment.

I...I didn't mean to
I…I didn’t mean to

Thank you so much for reading, it really means a lot. You readers are the reason we creators have a voice, and there is no thank you without you guys. You made our journey worthwhile. Oh, and in case your wondering whether you should join such a course in the future-believe me when I tell you “You Better”. Also, in case you are wondering…

Before MoviepilotU: Total Reads – Around 970-980

After Moviepilot: Total Reads – Around 7, 745 (as of now)

And with that I would like to announce that I will be on a hiatus for a while (don’t worry, not for too long). It’s just that I have reached a point where I need to focus on my studies a bit more. But, not to worry my dear friends for when I return, I shall be bigger, badder and better. So, until then…

Cheers….and take care