Andrew, thanks. That is the feedback everyone is giving. School good but actual experience better. Of course, no one is saying how to get this magical experience without actually going to school.
Ha, you have some good insight. She has already had her 'failures' specifically with time management. She did a couple of 'summer' film camps and always run short of the allotted time for what she was trying to make. It's hard to translate script time to set time for inexperienced filmmakers. At NYU they will be constantly working on sets, if not their own, probably on upperclassmen films. Hopefully that will allow her to hone those skills through experience.
You mentioned that she can go PA. How would she get into that right out of high school? What resources are there for her to locate those opportunities?
She is passionate about film, that's all she wanted to do since she was little. She is very driven and with the right kind of guidance I have no doubt she will succeed. If she was offered to intern on a large enough production right now she would even forego film school to take on that experience. She actually did an independent study in high school and she has gotten some on-set experience through that but not on a large scale set. She really just wants to work on film production and some day possibly make a film of her own.
Our state sucks (CT) not many decent schools with film programs except for the pricey private schools like Emerson in Boston. UConn doesn't even have a film program.
Thanks, her strength is in story telling (scripts), although she is ok with technical stuff I don't envision her as a sound or dp person. She is also quite good at editing.