Question by Rolley Henderson: How does one become a Film Director without going to Film School?
It’s has always been a goal if mine to become a Film Director so I could contribute to the Film and Entertainment Business. I’m currently in my junior year of college majoring in Film Studies and German and am planning on joining the Army as an Infantry Officer once I complete school. Now once I spend some time in the Army, I would like to later become a director. But I’m not to knowledgeable about the process. It seems like most prominent directors in today’s time, did not even attend Film School, so I’m curious where they gained the knowledge of cameras and filmmaking. Where can I take classes on camera work, lighting, different shoots, editing, screenwriting, and etc. to help me learn more about the creation of Film?
Answer by Starry Eyed Fred
A lot of actors turn to directing. They get “on the job training” by being on set, being directed, observing, etc. etc. etc.
You can just DO = make some short films/vids, post ’em on YouTube, your own website, etc.
If you have funds, you can enter them in festivals [most festivals/competitions charge approx. $ 35/entry].
You can take classes at your local community college.
REALLY, REALLY, REALLY ~watch~ and dissect films & commercials <--- commercials are like 60-second movies. The way cameras are soooo INEXPENSIVE these days, and with so many outlets, it doesn't take a lot of money to get going. There are also some FAB websites of gung-ho film makers that enjoy spreading knowledge & helping out. 🙂 OF COURSE, if you want to go "hard core" with "real" film classes (and you've got $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ ), you can try to get into USC, AFI or NYC.
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