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…]

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

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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?