You’re at the precipice of pursuing a career in filmmaking. Everyone knows you love movies. You can’t stop talking about them. You see things in the story others don’t. You think you could do this. In fact, you have to. It’s your passion. Now the question is, what film school to attend? And this decision will shape the rest of your career.
So does the school you attend make that much of a difference in your chances at a career in Hollywood?
No. The school you attend has nothing to do with where you’ll end up. Why? Because if there’s one thing the entertainment industry doesn’t care about, it’s your education.
Sure, you’ve gotta know what you’re doing. Yes, you need to network. But how you get to these points is irrelevant. Ask Tarantino who dropped out of high school. Chris Nolan who studied English in college. Or James Cameron who dropped out of college entirely and worked as a truck driver while learning to write.
If there’s one thing the entertainment industry doesn’t care about, it’s your education.
Personally, I did the normal thing and attended film school. Right on Sunset Boulevard in the heart of Hollywood. My directing teacher was a member of the DGA. My sound design teacher worked on Law & Order during the day and taught us at night. I graduated with honors with one of the most polished reels in my class.
Did this land me a job in the industry? Not in the least.
The reality for wanna be writers and directors is that after you put your heart, soul and bank account into film school, there’s nothing waiting for you. Many graduates work odd jobs just to pay rent. Others end up in the industry in a job they never wanted that has nothing to do with directing. Still others call it quits and move back to Iowa.
For me, it was the brutal schedule of a full time job while working on indie film nights and weekends. I was so broke I rented a couch to sleep on. This delayed my filmmaking aspirations significantly.
It took years for me to finally write and direct my own projects. And it took equally long to truly understand the craft of story telling. You see, as educational as film school was, I graduated without understanding the deep truths of telling a story for the big screen. And I’m not a solo case of this.
So back to the question, which film school should you go to?
The answer is simple: One that will truly teach you the craft, and do it in the right way. A school that will assist in networking with other filmmakers. And finally, a school that educates you in the least amount of time possible with little money spent.
Because regardless of where you go to school, you’ll end up the same as everyone else. A film school graduate faced with the daunting task of producing your own projects in order to gain credits as a writer and director.
This is the indisputable fact of the entertainment industry.
Regardless of where you go to school, you’ll end up the same as everyone else. A film school graduate faced with the daunting task of producing your own projects in order to gain credits as a writer and director
So what’s the good news?
You can achieve this with Write & Direct. This is cohesive training that will make you unstoppable as a filmmaker. I’m with you every step of the way, and afterwards. During the training you’ll write and direct your own film with the goal of submitting to film festivals and IMDb. You’ll learn how to do things right from development through pre-production, production and post production.
You haven’t seen anything like this. You see, I too am an independent filmmaker, currently wrapping production on a film as this blog post is typed. Back in 2020 while on another movie, the idea of Write & Direct hit me, and I’ve been on the war path ever since.
I know what you need to know to get started as a filmmaker. From start to finish. The goal isn’t to always do everything yourself. But when you’re starting out with limited finances, you simply have to. And beginning directors who don’t know how to do it all are dependent on other people. And this will never get you anywhere quickly.
Write & Direct is the film school you should go to. It could shave years off your pursuit of filmmaking. Trust me, I know what it’s like to do it the “normal” way.
I hope to see you on the other side!