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Is Film School Worth the Money?


Updated January 11, 2022


You love movies and want to be a filmmaker. But what’s the best way to get there? For many it’s moving to Los Angeles and attending film school. But is a film degree really where it’s at? Do you need to go to film school to have a career in entertainment?

As incredible as film school can be, it may not be the silver bullet you think it is.

If you look at successful directors, the answer to the film school question is all over the map. Quentin Tarantino is a high school drop out. Steven Spielberg was rejected three times from USC. Chris Nolan attended University College London, but studied English, not film. James Cameron dropped out of college. M. Night Shyamalan graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

These are wildly successful filmmakers, with drastically different degrees of education.

So if we stop right there and ask the question, “Is film school worth the money?” we’d be tempted to say, “not really.” Right? I mean M. Night is the only one who actually went to a legit film school before starting his career.

But here’s the thing: Regardless of whether film school is worth the money, there’s one fact that is indisputable. There’s really no getting around it: You must learn the craft.

Take music for example. Sure there are prodigies born with the ability to master an instrument at the age of 7. But that’s not the norm. Most musicians have a deep knowledge of music theory along with thousands of hours of practice before they find success.

Filmmaking is no different.

An aspiring director must not only understand the craft, but invest thousands of hours in mastering the craft. And the key to this is to obtain the right education with the least amount of time and money spent. Why? Because practicing the craft will cost much more than film school ever will.

The key is to obtain the right education with the least amount of time and money spent.

Too many aspiring filmmakers nuke tens of thousands of dollars on school only to be hit with a stark realization after graduation: Nobody is going to hire them.

The only writers and directors who get hired are the ones with experience. So as a film school graduate, how do you gain experience as a writer and director? By writing and directing movies. But how do you pay rent, pay off school loans and fund a production?

And this is the entire problem with film school.

Is film school worth the money? Well, that depends on how much money you have in the bank. Because once you graduate, you have to start making movies immediately. And somebody has to foot the bill.

A production still from my independent film RECKONING

Another massive challenge for aspiring writers and directors is a dependence on crew. What happens if on day three of production your sound guy doesn’t show because someone can pay him more? Or the camera operator flakes? Or the one with the lights is sick?

For many filmmakers, their production stops right there.

It’s 2022. If you want to write and direct movies, you have to know it all. You can’t afford not to. You need to be able to get movies made, even if you have to be the sound mixer. Or the DP. Production designer, location scout, casting director, editor and sound designer.

Because unless you can pay all of these people, you can’t rely on them.

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Over the years I’ve learned how to do it all, and can help you side step some of the landmines that claim the passion and careers of so many aspiring filmmakers.

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