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TOPIC: Expensive Film Schools

Expensive Film Schools 09 Mar 2013 01:50 #1952

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I'm a Film Major at this school and so far I learned some. But did I really need it? Well, Yes! Since, I'm an international student, I needed to spend at least $4000 per semester. So, this is my second year at SMC and I enjoyed it. There are also 40-50 grand per year film schools. When you look at the cost of film school and the numbers of successful filmmakers who never had formal training, it begs the question: is film school necessary to our career? There is this fact that; many film school graduates never get their break at all.

Degrees and diplomas are virtually irrelevant to the film industry. Someone trying to hire you is more likely to ask you what you’ve worked on and who recommends you than where you went to school. Experience and connections carry more weight in the film industry than a degree. Most film schools, even those expensive private ones i.e. New York Film Academy, Los Angeles Film School, American Film Institute etc. can offer neither of these. Many industry professionals think film school is a waste of your time and money. They have seen
firsthand that formal education does not adequately prepare students for the ins and outs of the actual film industry. Many people in the film industry actually learned filmmaking by getting on the set and learning the ropes instead of sitting in the classrooms and analyzing what's have been done or what's shown at the theaters nowadays.

Education is always necessary in every areas of life. But "film" is one of those artistic, creative and imaginative industries where you don't need to spend thousands of dollars to become a director. Nobody becomes a successful director by saying "I want to be a director". It's not a specific process you should follow. You gotta be smart enough to combine your instincts and your social face. It means; network is a crucial element but at the same time instead of following others, you should learn how to be alone and isolate yourself from society. This might sound weird but that's how we also grow a strong personality through our life journey.
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Expensive Film Schools 22 Apr 2013 01:17 #2636

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I totally agree with you. I think you don't need a degree in "film" to work in this industry,but i think it might be fun to get your credits studying something you love. I want to work in this industry, but i decided to that for now my major is political science i want to learn about but it doesn't mean that i will pursue that field. I love how universities in the U.S have this system that you don't need to work only with what you major. Education is important, but you might don't need certain degrees like "Film" to do it.
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Expensive Film Schools 22 Apr 2013 03:47 #2659

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While a degree in film may not hold that much weight, what is great about film school is networking. It teaches you how to interact with people, work on many different projects and crews and gain a better understanding of how to work with people from different backgrounds. It is an experience that is very much different than that of the "real" world, but an experience non the less that can be just as valuable.
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Expensive Film Schools 25 Apr 2013 00:33 #2681

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I also agree. I'm a film major and I plan on transferring to USC or UCLA for film. I've picked these two schools because I think they're the most successful in giving you the tools you need for a future in the industry. I think USC is one of the best film schools in the nation solely based on the amount of networking you can do, which I think the poster above me mentioned. Honestly,I think most of the learning you receive is after you finish, school is just to give you an introduction into the field, in addition to earning a degree.
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Expensive Film Schools 05 Sep 2013 04:50 #3407

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I agree with you to a certain extent. I understand that connections and experience are very crucial in becoming a director but that doesn't mean you should abandon film schools. Film schools are a great location to began to make connections and gain experience on filming beforehand. You could also take advantage the resources that the school offer and slowing build your own foundation. Many directors go to film school and many famous directors did not but you could just as easily go a year or two until the opportunity presents itself and strike gold by dropping out to make a cult film or surprise box office sensation or an Oscar nominated film or even better all three. Just as long as you keep up with that momentum and use it to boost your self into the spotlight.
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Expensive Film Schools 08 Sep 2013 03:36 #3432

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As an international student like you, there is no doubt that high tuition fees are a sensitive subject.
I think the cost is really ridiculous!!
Yet, I think a film school enables you to build friendship from all over the countries who came from different backgrounds and guide to better understand about film. So the point is that a film school will be a great experience in your life. As long as you are interested in a film major, you can do it.
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