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Film School
Topic by: speakreflection
Posted: April 14, 2007 - 3:57 PM PDT
Last Reply: October 24, 2007 - 3:00 AM PDT

author topic: Film School
speakreflection
post #1  on April 14, 2007 - 3:57 PM PDT  
Worth it
Or full of crap?
just curious about some opinions
artifex
post #2  on April 16, 2007 - 3:58 PM PDT  
> On April 14, 2007 - 3:57 PM PDT speakreflection wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Worth it
> Or full of crap?
> just curious about some opinions
> ---------------------------------

I wonder if anyone has actually made a worthwhile film after just getting one of those "make a film for five bucks" or "make a film in a week" books. Have the people putting out those things delivered actual decent films, themselves? It sort of reminds me of all those books I see for writing, "how to write excellent dialogue" or "how to make believable characters" from people who have never had a critically acclaimed, much less successful, book themselves.

Aren't there different film schools, too? There's a weekend film school. A week film school. Vocational and commercial art schools probably have two year course schedules. What's an art school expected to do? What's it likely to do, in reality? What are they looking for in students? How should you prepare?

And how do I, oops you, know if you should bother trying to learn, or if you're not creative enough? That may be the big one.
speakreflection
post #3  on April 17, 2007 - 4:29 PM PDT  
> On April 16, 2007 - 3:58 PM PDT artifex wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> > On April 14, 2007 - 3:57 PM PDT speakreflection wrote:
> > ---------------------------------
> > Worth it
> > Or full of crap?
> > just curious about some opinions
> > ---------------------------------
>
> I wonder if anyone has actually made a worthwhile film after just getting one of those "make a film for five bucks" or "make a film in a week" books. Have the people putting out those things delivered actual decent films, themselves? It sort of reminds me of all those books I see for writing, "how to write excellent dialogue" or "how to make believable characters" from people who have never had a critically acclaimed, much less successful, book themselves.
>
> Aren't there different film schools, too? There's a weekend film school. A week film school. Vocational and commercial art schools probably have two year course schedules. What's an art school expected to do? What's it likely to do, in reality? What are they looking for in students? How should you prepare?
>
> And how do I, oops you, know if you should bother trying to learn, or if you're not creative enough? That may be the big one.
> ---------------------------------


Good points.
Its a four year film school.
I think for me it's learning all the aspects of film. From camera. lighting. editing.
I am first and foremost a writer. I do believe I see things visually within words I write.
Does anyone really believe they are creative enough?
woozy
post #4  on April 18, 2007 - 11:13 AM PDT  
> Good points.
> Its a four year film school.
> I think for me it's learning all the aspects of film. From camera. lighting. editing.
> I am first and foremost a writer. I do believe I see things visually within words I write.
> Does anyone really believe they are creative enough?
>
> ---------------------------------

Okay, I don't know a damn thing about film making but I think going through an accreditted program is *always* a good idea if only for the exposure, oppurtunities, contacts, and creds.

speakreflection
post #5  on April 23, 2007 - 4:19 PM PDT  
> On April 18, 2007 - 11:13 AM PDT woozy wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> > Good points.
> > Its a four year film school.
> > I think for me it's learning all the aspects of film. From camera. lighting. editing.
> > I am first and foremost a writer. I do believe I see things visually within words I write.
> > Does anyone really believe they are creative enough?
> >
> > ---------------------------------
>
> Okay, I don't know a damn thing about film making but I think going through an accreditted program is *always* a good idea if only for the exposure, oppurtunities, contacts, and creds.
>
>
> ---------------------------------


That's kinda of the way i'm seeing it. Especially since i'm extremely far away from any type of vibrant film community..
weezy
post #6  on October 23, 2007 - 10:39 PM PDT  

>
> That's kinda of the way i'm seeing it. Especially since i'm extremely far away from any type of vibrant film community..
> ---------------------------------

If that's the case, I would say film school would be an excellent choice for you. I went to a filmmaker forum this weekend in Los Angeles, and met a ton of people from there who are in the filmmaking world without having going to film school because it's so easy in Los Angeles to pick up a random PA job and work upwards from there. For some people who have time constraints and can't put aside 4 years for school, they attend a film workshop here and there, but the knowledge they pick up is pretty very general. I pick up a little from online reading - filmmaker and moviemaker magazines have a great deal of content online worth checkin' out if ya haven't! Best of luck :)
troublemaker
post #7  on October 24, 2007 - 3:00 AM PDT  

>
> That's kinda of the way i'm seeing it. Especially since i'm extremely far away from any type of vibrant film community..
> ---------------------------------


First and foremost, you got to ask yourself the type of commitment you're willing to put into pursuing a film career. What type of experience have you had up to this point? Have you shot student films either with friends or in a class? Is it just some idea you're tossing around. If your thought process is something along the lines of, "yeah, maybe film is something I could be good at.." then I would say you should heavily reconsider. Film school is highly expensive, and with a 4-year program, if your commitment and devotion to film isn't that high, you'll do nothing but dig yourself into early debt.

Insofar as film school goes, the people I've spoken with seem to be 50/50 on the fence of whether it was "worth it" or a complete waste of time. I've talked to people who have said that instead of doing film school, what you should do is try and work as much as you can on actual sets where you'll gain firsthand experience. On the other hand, some argue for the knowledge gained through all the courses you take, and the ability to use a school's resources to shoot.


Out of curiosity, what school did you have your eye on?

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