Do you want to be a filmmaker but not sure if film school is worth it? I attended school in the heart of Hollywood and have since worked on studio and indie films. What I’m about to share with you could shave years off your dream of becoming a filmmaker.
All of my friends knew I was that person. The guy who was crazy about movies. Couldn’t stop talking about them. It was common practice for me to watch a movie multiple times in the theater.
The Matrix? Over 15 times.
Maybe this is you? Movies are your life?
And now you want to make them. You wanna be a filmmaker.
“And I dig that about you!” (Jerry Maguire)
I was 26 when the light finally turned on. It happened in my office at work. Out of nowhere something crashed into my head. Not a ceiling tile or light fixture. It was this radical idea:
“I should go to film school.”
Packed up everything and moved to Los Angeles. Just me, an old Honda and BIG dreams.
My life had finally begun!
I attended film school in the heart of Hollywood. My directing teacher was a member of the DGA. Sound design teacher worked full time on Law and Order. My editing teacher even cut Blazing Saddles back in the day.
Needless to say, I learned a lot. And this is why film school is worth it.
But there was a problem.
Something film school didn’t prepare me for.
But there was a problem. Something film school didn’t prepare me for.
When I graduated from film school I was sleeping on an air mattress. Sharing rent with a couple other guys. Around $62K of school debt.
I had one of the most polished reels in my class. Started calling studios before graduation, hoping to land an assistant editor position to just “get in the door” and start working my way up.
I’ll never forget what the receptionist at FOX said to me.
She was like, “You know we only hire award winning editors, right?”
Nope, didn’t know that.
After the hurrah of graduation is over, and everyone tells you how great your thesis project was, you’re on the streets of Los Angeles with no job on the horizon. And a sobering reality sets in.
After the hurrah of graduation is over, you’re on the streets of Los Angeles with no job on the horizon.
Film school teaches a lot about making movies. It doesn’t teach how to find work after school. Why? Because it’s nearly impossible to find work in the film industry — Especially if you want to write and direct.
I need this to sink in. If you want to be a filmmaker, you must understand that film school is not the silver bullet you might think it is. If you’re about to sink tens of thousands of dollars on film school, I’m here to suggest that there’s a better way. Film school isn’t worth that kind of money.
Is this the fault of film school?
No, not really. Film schools can’t tell prospective students their odds of success. If they did, film schools would go bankrupt overnight.
The entertainment industry is SATURATED. Film schools are pumping out thousands of wanna-be directors every year.
What’s the solution?
To understand what matters in Hollywood. And guess what? It’s definitely not where you went to school. Hollywood doesn’t care. What they do care about is what you’ve done. About credits on IMDb.
Hollywood doesn’t care about your education. They care about what you’ve done.
If you’re on the path to be a writer and director, you need credits as a writer and director. Which means you must start writing and directing your own movies.
But how do you afford to pay for film school, pay rent and make movies without rich parents?
And there lies the problem.
Many film school graduates end up working jobs not even related to filmmaking. Some land an industry job, only to be stuck for years in a position they never wanted. Others simply give up and move back to the Midwest.
Again, what’s the answer?
Write & Direct.
I’ve been to film school. Worked on studio films and slaved in the trenches of indie filmmaking. Write & Direct takes all of my experience and packs it into a training program that could shave years off your pursuit of becoming a filmmaker.
This is cohesive, hands-on training that doesn’t drain your finances.
But it’s about much more than that.
Write & Direct teaches you how to be a story teller for the big screen the right way. You’ll understand more about making a movie than many who spend tens of thousands of dollars on film school. Why? Because film schools have a lot of distractions. And the training is assembled by many instructors with various levels of experience.
With Write & Direct I personally take you through development, pre-production, production and post production in literal steps that build on each other in the right way. At the end of the training you’ll have an actual movie you can submit to festivals, and even get on IMDb.
And most importantly? You’ll understand how to do things right instead of nuking years of your life learning things the hard way. And after you’re done with film number one, we’ve just begun. The Write & Direct training continues, along with a community of people like you.
So let’s circle back: Why is film school worth it? Because learning the conventions of filmmaking will shave years off your path to becoming a filmmaker. But your education must be dialed in, and it can’t drain your bank account, because education is only step one.
Write & Direct will get you on the path to becoming a filmmaker. Start today!
P.S. My training is backed by a no questions asked money-back guarantee.