Filmmaker or Business Person? Common Misconception #1

Orson Welles, March 1, 1937

Orson Welles, March 1, 1937

 

If you are an independent filmmaker you probably see yourself primarily as a creative person. The major skills you focus on developing are around screenwriting and directing and you aren’t probably very interested in developing business and marketing skills.

 Big Mistake!

Orson Wells once famously said many years ago that filmmaking is 2% about making a movie and 98% about hustling. That is probably even more true today. [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…]

U.S. Colleges For Film

Master List Of U.S. Colleges For Film

 

colleges for film

Filmmaking of 'Black Thursday' - Image via Wikipedia

I’ve just updated my master list of film making schools to include some thoughts about the effectiveness of getting a filmmaking degree from one of these film schools.

There seems to be more and more doubt amongst the people I’ve spoken to lately about the effectiveness of colleges for film teaching the skills needed for a career in filmmaking.

The time and dollars spent may not be the best way to go. [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

NYU's Tisch School of the Arts - Image via Wikipedia

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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