- So, first off this is pretty much my first ever blog post of any kind. Hopefully I won’t bore anyone to death…
Over the past two years I have heard countless people say the same thing over and over again about going to film school. “Its a waste of time”, “Nothing beats the real world experience you get from working in the industry”, “Film school isn’t hands on enough” The list goes on…
One recent post on Facebook really blew my mind though. Someone had made a meme that stated that Quentin Tarantino was a great filmmaker and was comparing him to film students! Seems a little extreme to me!
Anyway, i guess I’m writing this to defend my own title. I went to film school and although I would agree that film school certainly isn’t necessary to peruse a career in film; I also don’t see it as a hindrance. A “face booker” (who shall not be named) commented that Film students are far less creative than those who have chosen a different path in to film. This seems a bit unfair to me. I have had the pleasure of working alongside some incredibly talented filmmakers who I went to university with and have watched them progress within the industry with great success.
One of the highlights of film school for me was getting to play around with equipment and cameras that i was able to use as if they were my own. On top of this, as part of the course we had some fantastic lecturers come in to share their experiences with us and dish out some advice that i still pay tribute to today! (Mainly the bit where one lecturer told us that we probably won’t ever make much money out of film) -_-
Despite my arguments for why I found film school so great, things are about to get a little hypocritical in this here blog post…
Film School is bloody expensive! I racked up over $30,000(us) of school fees while trying to get a BA in film and honestly I sometimes wonder if that money could maybe have been better spent on some nice gear! I could have easily spent that money on 60 Canon 550d’s and just specialized in shooting “bullet Time” 😛
I would love to hear what you all think about this subject. Is Film School a waste of time? What are your personal experiences and how have you made your stand in this crazy, ever-changing film world?