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

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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

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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…]

What Would You Pay For The Dream Of Being A Filmmaker?

Glamour

Glamour

Would you like a glamorous, high-paying job where you got to work the hours you wanted, hung out with famous, beautiful people, everyone respected and admired you and you got to party all night? Would you like to get trained for it in just one year? Would you even be willing to pay a lot of money for the training or take out a big loan?

Of course you would. And so would thousands of other people. That’s why selling the dream is such big business. Note that you aren’t getting to buy the job, just the dream.

When I saw an article about a “culinary arts” school being sued for over-promising I was reminded that “selling the dream” is a very profitable kind of business in the United States but lately these “for-profit colleges” have come under a lot of legal pressure.

You see for most people the dream is all they will ever get. The schools pay huge sums on slick advertising, the tuition is sky high and the quality of instruction is often low. The success rate for students seems to be even lower.

The “majors” offered are usually in glamorous sounding jobs like fashion design or filmmaking. Jobs where a very few individuals have had spectacular success but job openings are almost non-existent.

If you are wanting to become a filmmaker and try to find the dream there are many options for finding film production courses but these fancy for-profit schools that look so appealing are not going to deliver.

Before you sign up for any film school do your research.

What is your experience?

Researching Colleges For Film?

Master List of Colleges For Film

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I’ve just updated my master list of film making schools. I’ve also added my thoughts about some of the alternatives to traditional university education when it come to colleges for film.  I even through in a little about film summer schools. A film summer school may be of interest to anyone who can’t afford the time or money to enroll in a full course of study.

What kind of colleges for film should you be considering? [Read more…]

Hollywood and Bollywood Sign A Truce?

Hollywood and Bollywood

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I don’t know quite what to make of a news article I just found concerning Hollywood and Bollywood.

For years the actor’s and crew’s unions have fought to stop film productions from leaving the United States as filmmaking companies have looked for countries with lower labor costs. Canada being the first among the usual suspects.

Hollywood and Bollywood

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Now some of the top executives from the biggest studios in Hollywood and Bollywood have agreed to a “treaty” that will allow sharing of locations and facilities between the two countries’ industries.

The article talks about Bollywood having access to Hollywood facilities and easier access to the United States for Indian actors and film distribution.

But won’t that work both ways? [Read more…]