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    Many aspiring film students are finding it harder to get accepted to film schools because of the high attendance rate and competition among fellow entrants. So, what are some ways to make your application stand out among the rest? Start early and you’re sure to get in.

    1. GET SEROUS. Most wannabe film students have no real reason why they want to go to film school other than the fact that they like movies. So, you need to separate yourself and stand out from them. How do you do this? By following the next three steps. But more importantly, you need to have references and accomplishments to add to your film school resume. You can start by researching and studying what you’ll be learning in film school. There are many websites and apps available with good information. Immerse yourself in the world you are about to enter.

    2. MAKE A MOVIE. Or make several movies. If you want to be a filmmaker, you're going to have to eventually pick up a camera, film and edit something. So, why not start now? Once you've done a little research and feel comfortable with the basic filmmaking rules and concepts, begin planning your film shoot. Start by filming something short and simple, 1-2 minutes. It can be a simple dialogue scene or a quick action scene. Give yourself something to edit together to practice your skills. Do several of these so you can see your progress over time. Film Schools love to see progress.

    3. SAVE YOUR MONEY. Film school isn't cheap. Save your money for tuition or for expenses after film school. You can never over plan enough when it comes to your future finances.

    4. CHOOSE WISELY. A lot of film schools will try and sell you with their flashy equipment and large facilities. This is all good, but if you follow tips 1 and 2, you'll have a better idea of what a film school really has to offer and what you want to get out of it. Film school tuition rates can range from less than $10,000 to over $100,000. So, is paying an extra $90,000 really gonna get you to where you want to be after you graduate?

    What I've noticed in my many encounters with independent filmmakers, is that its not the school they attended that makes the difference, but rather their own personal drive and initiative that leads them to success... And a little bit of luck.

    Good Filming

    Director Duncan
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