In 1999 I received Orders to report to Drill Instructor School (Class 1-2000) at Parris Island, SC. No matter what you do, there's nothing you can do to prepare for how this is going to change your life forever.
After completing DI School, I was assigned to 1st Recruit Training Battalion, "A" Company to begin duty as a Drill Instructor.
From 2000 - 2003 I would train and graduate 7 Platoons with "A" / "D" Company. In addition to my time as Drill Instructor, I was selected to attend the very first Marine Corps Martial Arts Instructor Course, where I achieved the rank of Black Belt Instructor, and spent one year training all Marines and Recruits on Parris Island in the new Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP). As a MCMAP Instructor, I served as a Consultant and Key Instructor in the Marine Corps Advertisement and Promotional Campaigns for their new MCMAP Videos and Recruiting Commercials.
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The day I joined the Marines, I knew I wasn't a career Marine. I was in it to serve, to challenge myself, and to gain the life experience that would help me accomplish the long term goals I had for myself. Everything I've done since the day I left for recruit training has put me in line and on the path toward accomplishing my mission to become a Filmmaker.
I've been inspired by one of the best Filmmakers in history, Stanley Kubrick (The Shining, Full Metal Jacket, 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange). Kubrick is regarded as one of the greatest and most influential directors of all time. He was noted for being a demanding perfectionist with incredible attention to detail in the service of realism. Kubrick's influence on me goes beyond his films, characters, locations, and storytelling. He started out as a photographer in New York City, known for his story-telling in photographs through mini photo stories.
During my final year in the Marines, I started devoting my free time to learning the art of Screenwriting. In a matter of months, I had completed three screenplays, and my new direction was to get out and go to film school. After I was honorably discharged, I attended college in Tempe, Arizona, for Media Arts (Film Production / Broadcast Television) This was the course that would get me right in there, hands on with all the equipment and Production tools I'd need to get started. One thing in school that really captured my interest, was the very basic fundamental of a well crafted motion picture. That is the single still frame. I started developing a passion for photography, taking classes and going out shooting everything I could to improve my abilities in composing meaningful photographs.
I don't consider myself Stanley Kubrick, and I'm not wanting to make Stanley Kubrick movies. But when I look at the path I'm on, and where I want this path to take me, I do recall the early path Kubrick took, and that gives me confidence in knowing I'm right where I should be. I'm taking this one single still frame at a time.
Andrew J Yousse exchanged his M16A2 Service Rifle for a Canon 5D Rapid Fire Still Image Collector (non-Government Issued), and started shooting concerts, producing Videos, Still Images, and writing content for local broadcast media (News, Radio, and Print).
"My training and experience in the Marines was Amphibious Assault. There's not much water in Phoenix, so I had to go to school for something." Honorably Discharged in 2003, Andrew earned his degree in Media Arts in Phoenix, AZ.
Most frequently asked, "How did you go from being a Marine Corps Drill Instructor, to working in Media?" Andrew explains, "The decision wasn't very easy.