Online Film Schools – A Good Option For Learning?

Online Film School

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Is an online film school a good option for learning filmmaking? This is an important question because no matter where you are in your filmmaking career there is always a lot more you can learn.

When the great screenwriter William Goldman (Butch Cassidy, Princess Bride, Misery, etc.) first attempted to turn one of his novels into a screenplay he discovered that there was no information available on how to write a screenplay. No books, no classes and of course nothing on the Internet because it didn’t exist then. (By the way if you want to learn the truth about Hollywood and screenwriting read his hilarious bestseller book Adventures in the Screen Trade: A Personal View of Hollywood and Screenwriting.)

Online Film School For Learning Facts

Today you will find tons of in-depth information on every aspect of how to make a movie in books and on the Internet. But are online film schools a good option for starting or continuing your film education? [Read more…]

The Scandal of For-Profit Colleges And Film Schools

Film School no different than Cooking School

Film School no different than Cooking School

Last week a cooking school in San Francisco agreed to refund up to $20,000 in tuition to each of more than 8,000 students who were led to believe they would get high-paying jobs as chefs after they graduated. You’re wondering why I’m writing about a cooking school on a blog about filmmaking.

You came here wanting to learn more about filmmaking but you need to understand that you are at much at risk of be ripped off as those kids at “culinary arts” school. [Read more…]

Is A Degree In Film Worth Anything Today?

Degree In Film

Degree In Film = Hollywood Fame?

Why Do You Want A Degree In Film?

I just added an article to the 4Filmmaking.com lessons about the value of a degree in film. Click on over to have a read. As film schools crank out graduates with degrees in film faster and faster I hear more and more industry insiders saying they think most of those students are wasting their time and money.

One prominent film educator has created some controversy by claiming that only 1% of those degrees in film will lead to even a marginally successful career in filmmaking. If that’s true what are some other options? [Read more…]

Film School In New York? – How NY Film Schools Stack Up

NYU's Tisch School of the Arts - NY Film Schools

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NY Film Schools – Any Better?

Last post I wrote about Los Angeles film schools and I feel I should give equal time to the NY film schools situation. Doesn’t seem a lot better. Although NYU’s film program brags about some impressive graduates the percentage who end up in satisfying careers in filmmaking seems to be very low.

NY Film Schools – Very Expensive

Pretty much everyone has an idea that living in the Big Apple is incredibly expensive. Being a student at a NY film school is also very expensive beyond just the very high tuition.

What are some options?

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Film Schools In Los Angeles – Excessive Failure Rate?

Film Schools in Los Angeles

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Top Film Schools In Los Angeles

The two highly acclaimed Los Angeles film schools, at UCLA and USC, turn away most applicants each year for lack of room to handle them all. But what of the candidates that are successful at getting in? The dream of Hollywood fame and fortune is so strong that none of the many film schools in Los Angeles have any problem getting students will to pay the high tuitions. [Read more…]