just on the topic of other canadian film schools i don't know if its been mentioned before but ryerson university and york university have some of the best and most selective film programs in canada. just don't want the great white north to be forgotten!
What are your thoughts on Vancouver Film School? I never noticed any posts mentioning it, so I thought I'd ask.
I haven’t heard of anything about Vancouver Film School. Honestly, this is the first time I’m hearing of it, though I’m not surprised there is one! Vancouver is a great city to film in. I would say it’s up there in filming destinations. Good place to find a job. If the film school there is legitimate and something you like, I say go for it.
I liked your "character arc" one. I get so tired of getting Robert McKee lectures from my dad on my scripts. I'm too lazy to make my characters in the stories do anything but die. haha By the way, your blog is the bomb. LOVE IT.
Killing off characters is fun in a non-creepy way. You keep on keepin’ on, friend.
Hey! I'm a senior in high school and my dream school is USC. SCA to be exact. Do you have any advices that might be using during the application process? I'm going to put Film Production as my first choice and Critical Studies as my second.
Good choice! Crit was actually my second as well, but it was a grand mistake as I love my major. (First pick was screenwriting, alas…)
SCA loves people who know how to tell a good story that the writer is truly invested in. I don’t want to cram the typical advice down your throat but being creative and having fun with it is very important. For Critical Studies, I did an essay on the vampire fad, talked about sex, linked Romeo & Juliet in there along with how lilies are the flowers of death.
The admission/application most likely changes every year, but really, show them you’re creative, you love the film medium, and you just really want to be apart of SCA and the greater cinematic community.
I've seen a handful of Florida schools mentioned here so far, but I'm just gonna put mine out there. I go to Ringling College - I've only been there for a few months now and I've already learned so much. We were put on the Hollywood Reporter's list of the top 25 film schools after only having graduated one class. We're new, but we're already getting a ton of recognition. And Werner Herzog is our program's mentor and he comes at least once a year. It's awesome.
I've got an idea and a camera, and a pretty good idea on how to write a screenplay, courier aside, but otherwise, I don't know a thing. Is there a book of any sort you'd recommend for a non-film school person?
Congrats on USC :)What year are you at USC? and RED's are really great and all but they also have a lot of issues. They're still a new technology but I look forward to using them more in the future :) especially when all the kinks are worked out.
Thanks! I’m a sophomore.
Just so everyone knows: I reread the word “sophomore” and spell checked it twice. Just to make sure that it had that o.
I'm not sure about the rest of the world, but here in Australia film school is invaluable for networking. Sure, you may not NEED it, and it may not teach you anything that you couldn't find out for free with some intense research [at least school hands it to you easy], but without film-school you've really got buckleys chance of either a) finding other people to work with or b) worming your way onto a professional set. It's all about building contacts and film-school is the best way to do it.
To all those in Australia, wanting to go to Australia, wondering if there are film school brethren in Australia, hi read this.
Other great places to study filmmaking in the UK are London College of Communication, and AUCB (Arts University College at Bournemouth), also if you're able to dish out like £20k, Met Film School in London is amazing.
Thank you for telling me! I have no knowledge of film school over yonder. Good to see everyone really stoked about programs there as well.
I'm a Columbia film grad. Editing concentration. Other than the fact that I really didn't end up wanting to edit as a career, I'd have to say Columbia was a good school. Lots of great teachers working in the industry, still in contact with some of them. I'd suggest Columbia to people for quite a few programs. Some of my friends went through as English/Writing majors and enjoyed it as well.
Industry professionals have told me that if film school isn’t appealing/is too constricting, take as many English classes as you can. Columbia is great for both!
A school that I haven't seen on here once is DePaul University. I go there right now. It's program is amazing. It's only a few years old, which is probably why it's not well known. But it does mean that all our RED cameras, lights and chapman dolly are brand-spanking-new!
Just to add to the whole Film school thing, there are actually community colleges with film programs, which if someone's concerned about not being able to pay for film school, is a very good option to consider. I'm about to go to a community college with a very nice film program (which I'm not in because it's a two year program but the waiting list takes about a year and I want to be a two-year transfer) so if anyone wants to consider that, I'd really suggest they look into it.
If anyone is concerned about $$$$$ + film school, this is a great post.
haha the lore here is that the bet was for Indiana Jones. But alas, it's ridiculous for him to have donated so much money to USC when the school rejected him 2 or 3 times for film school. Just in the last 5 years or so our school has pumped out some very good film makers :) Where did you end up going?
I ended up (and am very happy about attending) USC. Indiana Jones is a good lore too. That might be it actually…the story was told to me by my cousin. I could be wrong.
Not to harp on the film school vs. no film school thing too much, but I feel film school is vital towards maturing someone wanting to work in the industry. I often see kids early on wanting to break all the rules and turn hollywood on its head and honestly things don't really work that way. You have to understand the rules before you start breaking them. Film school can be a really humbling experience without actually affecting your professional reputation.
I’ve seen this too. I’ve heard tons of people in the industry say that they can’t wait to see our generation of film students kick the industry’s ass.
I saw somebody further down the page asking about places to study film in the UK. I go to Bath Spa University and do a course called 'Film and Screen Studies' which I find absolutely fantastic. Going into my second year now and have heard the 'Planning and Making a Film' module I'm taking is to die for!
Awesome! Thank you for having an answer to that. Any other UK suggestions?
(pt 2) at Columbia. And work closely with the top 3D filmmakers in the world. My 3D mentor helped out on Avatar. AND her mentor is James Cameron's mentor. Without college I wouldn't have met them nor would I have had the freedom to shadow on projects and learn from them :) good luck y'all :D
This was great! Thank you for submitting this. Very inspirational.
I agree with the anon. While Film school or a college degree isn't necessary it's way way easier to get funding for college than it is a movie fresh out of college. College gives you time to network while learning. AND let's not forget experiences :) Films are based in the reality of the creatives experiences. It allows the students to progress and grow. My personal experience is that film school has allowed me to meet and be mentored by the CFO of fox searchlight, the VP of production at (pt 1)
Let me pimp out CSULB (California State University - Long Beach). It's a lot less expensive than the majority of film schools being tossed out there (EVEN as an out of state student) and we have a great reputation in the industry for being super hardworking and on point. I'm only a sophomore from kansas and I've worked on numerous professional sets and have been PAID. :) Look out for us in the future...oh yeah, and out most notable alum is Stephen Spielberg. :)
I have mixed feelings about CSULB because I applied there for I liked the film school there and I’m a California native so it would have been less expensive but alas, they rejected me. I’m glad you’re loving it there! I really want to see it some time.
Did you ever hear the story about why there is a Steven Spielberg building at USC? Apparently, George Lucas thought Star Wars was going to be huge and Spielberg wanted to make a bet against that. If Lucas was right, Spielberg had to donate to the film school at USC and if Spielberg was right, Lucas had to donate to the film school at CSULB.