November 25, 2015 at 10:29AM

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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?

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I honestly think that spending around 150k $ for film school is not worth it. It doesn't guarantee a success. Equipment was never as cheap as it's now, you can buy 10-20k $ equipment & quality is good enough for your movie to be shown in the cinema. Before people went to film school mostly, because of absurd costs of equipment. Now it looks totally different. You can gain knowledge from the internet & books & equipment is pretty cheap. Only good thing about film school imo is that you work with people who like to do same stuff as you do, but is it worth 150k $? I don't think so. I would rather buy tons of books, movies, equipment & attend some courses. It will be much cheaper & you might even get more from it & you won't have 150k $ in debt.

I personally also want to be a good film director. I believe that good film director is a person who is strong in psychology, art, management, storytelling & acting, so I just learn in those fields & watch a lot of movies. It's kinda too soon for me to tell you if my way is correct, but I believe that my way is a correct one :)

November 27, 2015 at 2:14PM

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Andy Tokarski
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Join the Army as I did. and go to school for free..problem solved

December 9, 2015 at 10:16PM

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Alfred Cox
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