Learn to Direct for a Living & Why Film Schools Fail
Since 2010, Film School Secrets has been helping aspiring filmmakers get their movies made and launch their careers. We provide no bs, practical advice and also reveal hard truths about the film industry that you won’t find anywhere else. If you’ve found this site, chances are you dream of Directing your own movie. Sure, you probably also like editing, shooting, and other parts of filmmaking… but you REALLY want to make your own film and see it shown in front of an audience. That’s all we do here: help aspiring filmmakers like you become directors. Unfortunately, less than 1% of film school graduates even direct their own full length movie; and few end up working in the film industry. That’s a fact you won’t hear about anywhere else – but here, on the ground in LA, it’s reality.
Why a Film School Degree is a Joke in the Industry
Those aren’t our words – they are from a New York Times article written in 2011. It’s the first time the media has every revealed the truth about the film business. Film School graduates, even from USC, NYU, and AFI, do not graduate into some inner circle of film industry production. So what’s happened? Thousands of naive students get into school, pay a small fortune, and enter an industry without the practical skills to reach their goals. The best a film school graduate can hope for is a minimum wage job getting coffee for a working director, who likely didn’t go to film school. This reality is illustrated humorously by Chris Rock in the Kevin Smith film “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back”:
The Smarter Faster Way to Filmmaking
At Film School Secrets, you will not get a framed degree or certificate or grades. Instead, we provide students with actionable, no nonsense training to help you leap frog past film students and produce results now , make feature films, and actually make money from their movies.
Our flagship course has been taken by hundreds of filmmakers from all over the world, like Dylan Martinez. Dylan was 17 and in high school when he found our website — he was considering film school but after taking our course learned how to get on real film sets and is currently working in the film business right alongside film school grads who paid $30,000 a year.