Real World Exposure For Film School Students

ShortFestTop film schools often fail in transitioning their students from the academic world into the real business world of filmmaking. Most of the professors at even the best film schools have very little experience themselves working as professionals in the movie industry.

The Palm Springs International ShortFest film festival is working to help those students by giving them exposure and feedback to real audiences and industry professionals.

Festival Film Curator & Director of Industry Programming Kathleen McInnis said she wants to make the festival a link between film schools and the film industry. Contestants in the festival have won a total of four Academy Awards in the last four years. [Read more…]

Top Film Schools — It’s All In Your Perception

Top Film Schools – In Whose Opinion?

top film schoolsTop film schools – I often see articles and web sites devoted to proclaiming them. They extoll the advantages of attending one film school over another without letting on that these articles and sites are often created by the very film schools that they recommend or by entrepreneurs seeking commissions for sending new students.

You might find this slightly shocking that highly regarded universities would lower themselves to spending millions of dollars to advertise and declare themselves one of the top film schools. But look into the history of film schools and it all becomes clear. If you are considering attending a so-called top film school you might even find your mind changed. [Read more…]

Chinawood Beats Them All

A view of Hengdian World Studios in Zhejiang, ...

Overview of Hengdian World Studios - Image via Wikipedia

Yesterday I wrote about Nollywood, the Nigerian film industry, which I think by now is the second biggest producer of films in the world. I’m talking number of films produced in the case of Nigeria. If you want to know about the largest studio in the world then you need to travel to the other side of the world where the Chinese easily have everyone else beat. [Read more…]

You Want a Degree In Film How Soon?

The email I got last week was asking if I could provide the sender with a degree in film that day because he was trying to get a job on a film set and thought a degree in film might help. Did I mention the email was from Nigeria?

Fully half of the emails I get from people inquiring about film schools are from Nigeria.

Is Nollywood the Wave of the Future?

Degree in Film Today

Indian film dances and song - Image via Wikipedia

Until recently if you had asked me what is the 2nd biggest film production country in the World I would of course have replied “India”. Everyone knows about Bollywood and their wonderfully entertaining films where everyone always breaks into song and dance when passions start to flare.

I don’t think that’s true anymore. With the low cost of movie making equipment and the even lower cost of distribution afforded by DVDs and online streaming there is a new capital for filmmaking.

Degree in Film Not Required

Degree in Film not required in Nollywood

Degree in Film not required in Nollywood - Image via Wikipedia

Nigeria is without doubt the fastest growing center for film production in the world and the output has already reached staggering proportions. Film production companies are set up in a moment and new ultra-low budget films get made in a matter of days.

All of Africa is not as primitive as the documentaries on PBS would lead you to believe. Many African countries have large populations of college educated, unemployed but highly ambitious entrepreneurs. Nigeria would be high on the list. [Read more…]