by Matt Woolner
Question by blahh: When looking into college film programs, which should I be more impressed by?
College A, whose alumni almost all have behind the scenes careers as crew members (casting directors, production assistants) on big name productions with just a few who have actually directed small films…
Or college B, whose alumni are almost all directors, shooting mostly smaller indie/avant-garde films and documentaries, with only a few who actually have regular crew member type jobs.
I’m wondering because I think it would be great to go to College B because the fact that most of the alumni are now directors makes me think that the program probably prepares students for directing positions more so than College A and probably has students that are very passionate about film.
But at the same time, College A’s alumni all have actual paying jobs, not just out there directing whatever they want, so it makes me think maybe employers are more impressed by a degree from College A and the employment prospects are better than those at College B.
And please don’t tell me “Go to NYU” or something stupid like that.
People have a tendency to answer every question about film education by simply telling the person to go to UCLA or something.
NYU and UCLA aren’t even options.
Answer by anniehall
i’m afraid that the situation with the professers at college b will be that of the pretentious artist: “i don’t care about making money, i just care about making my art. i love eating out of trash cans and not having a consistent job. life sucks.” this attitude at a school really isn’t the best to be around if you’re hoping to make actual money in your art form.
but actually. i think there is merit to both schools. it really just depends upon what you’re looking for. if you want to make money, maybe school a is right for you. if you don’t care about dollaz, go school b.
but what are the school names?!?????
also, i wouldn’t have said nyu or ucla. i would have said usc.
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