One of the things that burns me up to no end is the fact that so many students go to film school and pay untold amounts of money for classes so that they will be able to realize the dream of becoming a successful film producer. Despite this fact, only one percent of them will even get a chance to make any kind of full-length film let alone make a great career out of filmmaking.
I think the fault lies with the way that the students are being taught in today’s film schools. Despite the fact that they learn about the history of filmmaking, universities don’t train their students to think for themselves and to become creative business people. Filmmaking is a business, and most students have no idea about how to network and make a business for themselves as a filmmaker. The issue starts with how the institution of public education began.
Going back many centuries top universities were institutions for the well-to-do and for the upper-classes. These were the only type of people deemed as being worthy of an education. On the other hand, it was expected that those of the lower class were expected to do menial work that didn’t require an education. Factory workers couldn’t read or write.
Only when the captains industries saw the need for their workers to be able to read and write and perform basic math, were people of the lower classes encouraged to obtain an education. That was when wide-spread public education got started to produce skilled but obedient workers.
Universities today are mostly based on the systems that were put in place from the start of public education. Students are given assignments, go from class to class when the bells ring and do their best to please their teachers.
As time progressed, workplace institutions have changed but most public university teaching systems have not. Therefore, universities are pumping out students that are full of education but have few critical thinking or creativity skills. This is very true of film schools.
Being a filmmaker requires imagination, creativity, and innovation. These are skills that are hard to teach, but they can be encouraged and nurtured in eager students. However, most of the students aren’t being encouraged to utilize these skills and talents. So it’s no wonder that they have no luck in becoming filmmakers, despite the time and money that they invest in going to film school.
Furthermore, I think film school is a waste of time because it doesn’t take years to teach students how to become a filmmaker. It only takes weeks to teach them the basic set of skills required to actually produce a film. However, since the university institution has been so slow to change its methods of teaching, the chances are very good that thousands of students each year will go to film school full of hope, and yet they will never realize their dreams.
There are many options to starting a career in filmmaking that cost less and take far less time than attending a traditional school of filmmaking. You can learn about this and many other film school secrets by visiting my site at 4Filmmaking.com.
In this short excerpt from an interview, Jay Duplass talks about filmmaking and film schools. The “Cyrus”-director was interviewed by celluloid Filmmagazin at the 63rd Locarno Film Festival on Aug 7, 2010.
Question by : I am india want to join good film school for short term course in filmmaking in canada spain france or anywher?
The course may be of 4 weeks or 6 or 8 weeks duration where the is more on practicals
Answer by PE2008
Do you have any idea how useless and expensive this would be?
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