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TOPIC: Expensive Film Schools

Expensive Film Schools 29 Sep 2013 23:47 #3646

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Its sad to say, but in this industry its all about who you know..
I got into this industry when I was 19 years old, before I had even stepped foot on a college campus. I simply knew an executive director and then the doors opened. From first hand experience you defiantly don't need a degree, and half the people I work with don't have one! I think if its your passion learning about what you love is great, and a great way to meet people interested in the same thing as you and be able to bond through that and do small independent things, but bottom line you learn what you need to know on set, in first hand experiences. You can go to school for years and not learn half of the things you need when you get on set and into the work force!
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Expensive Film Schools 28 Sep 2014 19:47 #5380

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I agree, the costs are a little out of hand.. but so is tuition in America as a whole. I have to strongly disagree that the degree is worth nothing in the film industry. If you look at any award winning director in the industry, they all went to a university. Hardly do you find an award winning anything without having gotten the proper schooling. Whilst at work, you learn the hands on, but the actual study of film and its art form allows for magic to unravel itself so much more. In the industry, you do look for connections, but that is a very general statement that can be related to any career. The educational aspect of film that I receive, values most 4 year universities, but the connections I am making on campus will allow me to bypass a lot of basic jobs that could potentially have me stuck at the bottom of the pyramid.

So, as I do agree tuition is a bit exprensive, education and the study film is important if you want to become a true, talented, unique filmmaker.
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Expensive Film Schools 14 Mar 2016 17:11 #9179

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I completely agree with you in the sense that we most definitely do not need a degree in film to succeed in the film industry. The film industry is full of people who didn't know what they were doing at one point and now are making a stamp in film history. Robert Rodriguez for example, he didn't attend film school. He taught himself everything and he went on to produce his own films. Quentin Tarantino has said it best, "when people ask me whether I went to film school I answer NO, I went to films". It's a creative field where you can learn more from being on an actually set than by taking notes in a class.
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Expensive Film Schools 02 Oct 2016 17:37 #10423

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Hi Bahadir!

I'm also a film student :) I have asked myself this question quite a bit too. From the people I've spoken with (who do film making for a living), it seems that being on set is the best way to get involved and learn more. Film school is valuable and I have loved all of the classes I've taken, but there are some things that you can't learn in a classroom that do make or break your next opportunity to get rehired or recommended such as set etiquette, respect and humility for more experienced crew members, and teamwork.

I think that film school is great if you can afford it. If someone can't afford it though, they needn't worry. You can always study film making independently, offer your time as a PA on sets, and study what you like and dislike about the certain components of a film.
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Expensive Film Schools 30 Oct 2016 23:08 #10781

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First of all congratulation that you got in the film industry when you are just 19. It great that the executive director brought you in to the field. Yes, a degree sometimes is just a title or a paper. However, a degree means a confirmation. In this society, many people have a degree. It is just a ticket of you to step into the society. Having a degree will help you a lot in the future. It is nice that you found what is your interest and you are so lucky that you can do what you love when you are just 19.
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