I am a senior in high school in Iowa. I would really like to got to school for film/video and was looking for some recommendations as I am sure some of you have been in the same situation in the past. I would like to go somewhere where I can access the snow. I have a 3.8 gpa and a 25 on the ACT, I am planning on takin the SAT soon. I would like the tuition to be under 40,000.
Any questions ask, also any links to old threads would be great too!
i was in the same boat as you, except i was a junior last year and looking at schools for film. I had taken some film classes and such but never once had been on an actual set. If I were you i would volunteer at your local community college or film school if there is one, and volunteer to help out on set. that's where its all really made unless you want to get into post production or writing or whatever, but definitely see if you like it. I was really into film and then I went on set and everything changed, i fucking hated working on set. just my opinion though, I would try it out first before you apply and go to school for it. Im glad I did.
Make sure the school can give you what you pay for.
Find a couple of schools that you might want to attend, and google them!
Sucks if the lecturers are lazy as fuck. Yea making films is mostly about going out making films, but it's really helpfull to have some teachers that takes the time to show you some tricks and tips more than 2 times per semester.
I work full time in the film industry now, and have a pretty damn good career going. There is no set path in the film business, but I personally chose to get an unrelated degree, make lots of films in college, and afterward I did a 3 month film school (Reducation-X). This worked really well for me, though I have worked super hard and put in a lot of long long days.
I think if you're going to go to film school, you should go to NY or LA. Anywhere else, and it's kind of a waste of your time and money because you won't make many worthwhile connections, which is what film school is all about. Learning the technical side of filmmaking, ie scheduling, camera operation, lighting, sound, editing, fx, ect, is something you can easily learn on your own. As much as we filmmakers would love to believe otherwise, it's really not that hard. What is difficult is learning how to tell a story, and how to make an audience feel something by giving context to an emotion. I think that this is something that no film school can really teach you and if your only life experience coming out of college 'film school,' then you won't have much to tell a story about. Maybe better to study something unrelated, or something that you might want to make a film about, ect.
i agree fully. the most important things about filming and getting my videos to look the way i want i have learned, figured our or taught myself, and i am still teaching myself. however, that doesn't mean there aren't some really good schools out there. if I were you I would give NYU a look, as well as MSU as well as others.
Taking advice from someone who still thinks the sat is better regarded than the act.
In my opinion the act is a better test all around More students take the act, the act is less racist and sexist, you don't jump to a million sections, you don't waste time doing experimental sections, the writing does not affect your overall score, the scores between sections are averaged instead of added up, tricks and ways to beat the test are less effective. Maybe its just because i did better on the act(35vs2200). Still a shitty test.
But connections and hard work are key. NYU is a great school but if you dont work hard, form the connections and get lucky you are fucked with a film degree. My cousin for example NYU film major 200k in debt, working as a secretary. He then had the great idea of marrying a finance major. She however also has 200k in debt and is a bank teller. NYC is a great place for both degrees, but neither of them leveraged it well and ended up in a bad place. However they are only two students and your mileage will vary.
If you are truly serious and passionate about film, have talent and are willing to work harder than 99.9% of all the other fuckers with a video camera then go ahead but if you are just looking for a way out of doing a more serious degree and a boring career then you will probably have a bad day.
>Taking advice from someone who doesn't realize that schools on the East Coast do in fact look at the SAT more then they do the ACT? Its not a matter of which is a better test. I couldn't care less which is a better test unless I'm head of the office of admissions. Half the schools here don't even require the ACT. In fact I don't think my friend, who attends NYU's film school, even took the ACT. I could be wrong though.
And I'm pretty sure the entire purpose of that uniformed post was to claim hard on your ACT and SAT scores. So great job. You got in to college.
"I just grab whatever part of the ski I see first then let my friends claim it" -nickyp
Students can submit one or the other or both and they both serve the same purpose. So your friend did not need to take the act if he took the sat.
Former dean of admissions at Harvard in 2007 no less ďEither is fine with us, and we donít have a feeling that either favors students with any particular profile. I donít think it does matter"
Princeton admissions counselor "We accept ACT and SAT scores on an absolutely equal basis."
I've got a buddy that went to full sail and now does sound and lights for pretty big names all over the US...got to chill at the mixing boards with him for a 50 show (back when he was popular and touring.)