I want to go to film school, and I wanted to know what some of my options were?

I live in NJ and I don't want to go to far away. I also don't want an overpriced school, I don't have that much money

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  • 1 decade ago
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    While filmschool will teach you a lot of THEORY and some "nuts & bolts" to make a movie, know that most schools do not prepare students for a real life in the professional film industry.

    There is no single way to "get into" the movie business. The best way, though, is to learn how the industry actually works and then with that knowledge, you can then find a way in that works best for YOU.

    The book linked to below will help you learn what everyone on actual professional film sets go through to get to that point. For the most comprehensive WORLDWIDE list of filmschools available anywhere, go to http://www.whatireallywanttodo.com/ and click on the "filmschools" link at the top. Take the time to research the schools that interest you and then contact each of them with very specific questions that include your specific situation and desires. You're the consumer buying a very expensive product that, in and of itself, will not "get" you a job. Make sure the school teaches you want YOU want to know.

    And don't stop there. Make the time to get out in the professional world around you to volunteer or intern on real projects WHILE you're in school. Not only will that experience show you how the real world works, but you'll also be building your network of contacts that will help you develop your career. If you do that, then by the time you're graduating, you'll be leaps and bounds ahead of everyone else.

    Good luck!

    Brian Dzyak


    IATSE Local 600, SOC


    Source(s): http://www.whatireallywanttodo.com Filmschools link!
  • 1 decade ago

    NYU is right near you, and it's one of the best film schools in the world. But if you're in NJ, I want you to also check out Rutgers New Brunswick. They offer their film major in their visual arts department. Rutgers NB has a great - a very strong - rep in the arts, and while their film dept. may not be as prestigious as NYU, they are good. And because you're a NJ state resident, it's be a bargain, relatively speaking.

    Keep in mind that you will apply for financial aid, no matter where you go to school. Still, it's smart to keep your costs down, and thus Rutgers NB is a place I really want you to look at.

    Other schools with good film programs near you are Columbia and SUNY Purchase. Fordham's also good.

    Columbia is expensive, but if you can get in there, they have *amazing* financial aid.

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