November 25, 2015 at 10:29AM
Film school or no school?
I'll try to be brief - when I started college, I thought I knew what I wanted to do. I did not. I went somewhere too far away from home, and then when I became interested in doing film as a career, realized that the school I was at was not appropriate, and also that I wanted to be closer to home. I transferred schools, found out that my current school's filmmaking program is shit.
I was going to continue at my school just to finish my degree, since I've already completed 2.5 years of college, but my heart isn't in it, and I don't feel like I'm learning anything. I've realized I want to be in an intensive program, and found a nearby school that offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Filmmaking. I've applied, and am pretty confident I will be accepted.
But I also know that a lot of people say that film school isn't necessary. While I'm confident I can learn on my own, I have a hard time meeting people, and I think film school might be a good way to make connections and network.
Ultimately, I'm interested in writing and editing, so mostly pre- and post-production stuff, and I’d really like to work on documentaries. But I also want to learn about the technicalities of film, including cameras, lighting, cinematography, audio, etc. And because film is a collaborative effort, I want to meet people that want to work together on projects.
Thus, here are my options:
* Go to film school. Spend too much money on tuition and go into debt, but probably also learn a lot and meet people that want to do stuff together.
* Drop out of school and work full time and do my own projects on the side. Somehow find people to make films with. Eventually, hopefully become successful enough that I can make money doing film full-time.
So, what should I do? Film school, or learn and do stuff on my own? If it’s the latter, then what are the best resources to learn about EVERYTHING film?