In my experience, film school was just shy of being a complete joke. Besides having failed artists sitting down and telling you your camera shot doesn't work (not because it's bad, but because it's not their style). I dropped out after a year, and I can honestly say it was the best decision of my life. Working on sets in LA, and making my own budgeted projects taught me more about directing, cinematography, set design, and sound more than any school could. On top of that, the "rules" film school enstills in young artists is less than agreeable. Cinema is about expression. If you want a crazy 360 shot, DO IT. You want a nutsy jump cut? DO IT. I appologize if this wasn't eloquently written, but overall, I believe it depends on the person.
Example: if you've never touched a camerq, go to film school. If you're already making good movies in Highschool past the 25 minute mark---don't go to film school.
I'm not fond of this Film vs Digital culture. "It's human" is NOT a good argument for using a format.
In my opinion, use the best format FOR YOUR STORY. I prefer to mix within the same film and use each Format to the best of their ability.
"Aside from giving us all few laughs, maybe it'll help remind us to have fun on set and not to take ourselves (or filmmaking) so seriously."
Maybe V. Renee should listen to her own advice.
Don't say "assuming too much with OUR craft" if you don't even make films.
Seriously? Do you not understand that
1. A director's job is to make choices. Every tiny detail is there because of them. Don't say they rely heavily on the editor or the DP. You weren't on set. You have NO IDEA who framed the shots on Black Swan (Darren did like 90%).
2. When working with an editor (depending on the director) sometimes the director will literally be over their shoulder telling them what to do for EVERY SINGLE CUT (Peter Jackson is well known for working that way, along with Scorsese). Tom Cross definitely has a cutting style, but without Chazelle, the film wouldn't be as tightly cut as it is.
People need to understand that directing isn't just directing actors and getting shit from the AD. That's a lot of the job, the latter especially.