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Yankeefan03
08-23-2013, 07:39 PM
I always had a passion for film and coming out of high school I had no direction in life. Should I go to film school or should I find a "regular degree" and give up on the big dream. I chose the regular college route and 4 years later I am still in square 1. My question is should I still go to film school or just work from experience on my own? I know absolutely nothing about lighting techniques or anything of that nature. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Nick Soares
08-23-2013, 08:41 PM
This is a big question and a big point in your life, I will PM you my cell number and I can go over some things with you to help you make your choice.

Director
08-27-2013, 12:56 PM
Try reading my "The Easiest Way to Make a Movie" (http://www.filmmakerforum.org/general-discussion/2790-easiest-way-make-your-first-movie-get-into-business-film-making.html) thread for some direction.

Klay M Abele
08-27-2013, 01:39 PM
Honestly everything I got from film school I could of gotten from doing an internship or tutorials online. I self taught myself editing programs and as far as filmmaking, I guess I've just had a knack for it to build off of. We all start at the bottom, don't think putting yourself in more debt will be a cure all, because honestly the market can't support student loan payments.

TLDR: I wouldn't have gone to film school if I could choose all over again.

D4Darious
08-27-2013, 02:39 PM
I went to filmschool and I'm torn at to how I feel. On the one hand, you can learn most everything you need to know online but on the other hand, there are valuable relationships I acquired in film school that have helped me get to the next level.

Mick Scarborough
08-29-2013, 12:56 PM
Robert Rodriguez doesnt belive film school is required and neither do I. Anything you learn there can be learned here and by observing.

Vance Baryn
08-30-2013, 04:43 AM
Here are my thoughts on the matter. University degrees are very worthwhile things to have. If what you want to do is make films, there is no reason not to get a university degree in film production since you're going to get a degree anyway, right? On the other hand, if someone already has a degree in something else, I don't see any reason they have to go back to school to learn film production.

P.S. Nick is the nicest guy on the planet, seriously. Giving out his phone number to a one post guy he doesn't know to help him make a hard choice. Awesome.

L A Morgan
08-31-2013, 10:22 PM
There was a free course on ISA, but I don't know if it is still available. Google International Screenwriter's Association. Before you do that, check out the tutorials on FMF. We're all here to help you succeed.

WhimsySmiles
09-07-2013, 12:37 AM
Wow, first post I've actually read on the forum and I see the site creator offering his phone number for private advice, and then several people giving an unexpected answer to a question that I didn't even think was a question in my mind! Awesome! So glad I found this forum!

I am probably one of the oldest people to be just starting out in this field, but it has been a denied passion for so long, I am just excited to get started. As education is free here in Sweden, I have been working my butt off for the last year to learn the language proficiently enough to be able to get into university here so that I could study film, as I thought that was what HAD to be done to move toward my new goals. But you guys are saying that film school isn't necessary?

Sorry to hi-jack your thread Yankeefan, but since it sparked the same question in me, I'm going to ask... Anybody got any good links to places to learn "everything you need to know" about film making? I'd be really grateful! I've still got at least 10 months of study left ahead of me before I can even start with film study, so it would be great if I could just get started now instead of waiting! :)

Plus, hopefully, the links would be good for you too Yankeefan! :)

Anonymous Filmmaker
09-07-2013, 03:21 AM
Sorry to hi-jack your thread Yankeefan, but since it sparked the same question in me, I'm going to ask... Anybody got any good links to places to learn "everything you need to know" about film making? I'd be really grateful! I've still got at least 10 months of study left ahead of me before I can even start with film study, so it would be great if I could just get started now instead of waiting! :)

Plus, hopefully, the links would be good for you too Yankeefan! :)

Well, you can learn most stuff right here, but I'll give you a few additional links.

Film Riot: http://www.youtube.com/user/filmriot

There are some good videos on filmmaker iq: http://filmmakeriq.com/

(Sorry Nick if I wasn't supposed to post those.)

Now for some great threads we have right here:

http://www.filmmakerforum.org/general-discussion/2790-easiest-way-make-your-first-movie-get-into-business-film-making.html

http://www.filmmakerforum.org/general-discussion/39-new-filmmaker-support.html

http://www.filmmakerforum.org/general-discussion/2188-quick-tips.html

http://www.filmmakerforum.org/general-discussion/1602-nick-soares-answers.html

http://www.filmmakerforum.org/general-discussion/2524-best-camera-filmmaker-budget.html

http://www.filmmakerforum.org/general-discussion/2304-format-weddings.html

Alright, that's a start. Good luck!

L A Morgan
09-07-2013, 10:48 AM
Welcome aboard, WhimsySmiles! I like your name. Good work in learning English!

WhimsySmiles
09-08-2013, 12:08 AM
Thanks for the welcome L A! But, English is my mother tongue. I am currently learning Swedish because you can't go to university in Sweden if you don't know the language. :) Thanks though!