I think this is an excellent article. As an aspiring filmmaker, now in my early 40s, I put off going to film school for the last 20 years. Some of the reasons: expense, location, and the realization that many screenwriters and directors never went to film school.
If I were to give my most honest assessment of people it comes to this (and this will truly give you an idea if you should attend film school or any other educational endeavor which does not require higher education (law, medicine etc.):
1. Those who are so motivated to achieve their dreams they do not need outside motivation. Therefore, they can set their mind to something and do it - these people probably do not need film school in today's age, they will find a way to teach themselves and make films and work on getting better.
2. Those who are motivated to achieve their dreams but they need an outside influence, such as a deadline set by an instructor - these are the people who probably will benefit from film school because it will be the only way they do not procrastinate with getting something done. They need structure provided for them.
3. Those who say they want to make films but will find a reason why they cannot. Equipment too expensive. Don't know where to start, may look up info but not follow through. Need the perfect story and script. Need perfect lighting, audio, actors etc. There are a myriad of excuses as to why they cannot make their Oscar Winning film. These are the people who will not benefit from school because they really are not motivated. They just think it would be "fun" and film making is a lot of work! These people should avoid film school because they (the majority) will not do anything after.
An honest assessment of myself. I am #2 (I should have rearranged those numbers so I wouldn't be calling myself a piece of crap!). However, over the years I have realized that the only way I will make films is to be a #1. I have since worked on 1 short film with a friend (reworked the script and held the microphone). I have also written 3 short films in the last 6 months and I am set to shoot one of them this week. Guess what. I am using my Galaxy phone. I realize it does not matter what I use right now (it was just an excuse) - I just have to film it and go from there.
I've rambled, but just wanted to thank Mr. Koo for creating such a wonderful and informative site.