by Gary Spatz
Question by asdfjkl;: what is the best film school for film production?
i want to be a film editor, what are some of the best film schools for post-production?
Answer by Jamie B
NYU and USC are both considered to be the top film schools. When I was looking at going into film (which was about 5 years ago) UW-Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts was good for experimental film. Also, you may look at Loyola Marymount, Fordham’s Lincoln Center Campus, UCLA, Emerson, the University of Arizona, and the University of Texas at Austin’s RTF program. These are all well respected film schools though I have no idea how thay are in post-production specifically.
A word of caution about editing (and film school in general): Equipment is very expensive (especially editing equipment), so even the best schools are notoriously out of date and under-equipped. Some schools post their available equipment online or will tell you if you ask. This will give you an idea of what you’ll be working with, which is important as one of the reasons to go to film school is to have access to the equipment.
Also, look at how the programs are structured. Some do not officially let you into the program until you have submitted a portfolio (or reel) at the end of your sophomore year. Some will let everyone and their dog make a film but will offer absolutely no help funding projects. Others give generous funding to one or two people but everyone else is relegated to crew positions. all of these systems have their advantages and disadvantages. Any one may work out for you (especially if you just want to edit as this will be less competitive than directing), but be aware of how the programs work and it will help direct you to the school that’s right for you.
Finally, you may want to look into getting AVID certified. This will mean you meet industry standards in editing. It costs a prettty penny though. They do, however, have some free online resources on their website.
Hope this helps and best of luck.
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