Our Students Learn Film as a Business... Not a Hobby

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Learn Filmmaking as Creative Professional, Not a Starving Artist

Show Me the Money

Film is a Business, not a Hobby. Our students learn how to create efficient projects, raise money, & earn income from their creativity.

One on One Mentorship

Traditional Film Schools pack up to 30 students to a classroom. We provide completely personalized coaching and support.

Network Anywhere

Coming to L.A. is the wrong first move. Our students learn to connect & collaborate with creative professionals where they live.

Make Your 1st Feature

Film Schools leave their grads with a short film and a prayer. Our students learn to write, direct, and promote their own First Feature.

How They Teach

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If you found this page, chances are you want to Direct real full length movies and you’ve been searching for some instruction on how to do that. You’ve probably checked out a few film programs and even heard about “good schools” like NYU and USC. But have you ever heard the real deal from someone who has actually worked in the business? The truth is this: nobody cares where you went to film school. 

Traditional Film Schools, from USC & NYU to New York Film Academy, are all built upon the same outdated, basic curriculum and methodology:

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  • Students pay large fees to share used equipment that costs less than tuition.

  • Students shoot rudimentary short film exercises no more advanced than ones done in high school.

  • Students are taught to make short films and enter them into festivals and then somehow “hope” it will transition into a Feature Film Career without any specific guidance – which is contrary to the actual path to Directing in the Industry.

  • Students apply expecting “connections” to help them launch a career – when it reality those “connections” at best can help them get entry levels jobs. They are told to then climb the ladder” without being taught about the strict separation between “Above the Line” and “Below the Line” Positions on a set – in short you can’t work up from being a P.A. to being a Director. There isn’t one example of this happening that can be cited in the industry. 

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  • But most of all, Students do not learn about Feature Filmmaking, Marketing, or Finance – in short nothing about building a Directing Career. 

Unfortunately, most film school applicants have no idea that less than 1% of graduates ever go on to even make a real, full length movie. And few will even end up working in the business. The NY Times explained it eloquently:

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Fun Activity: Go to the AFI, NYU, or USC website and find a working director who graduated after 2000. You will find very few. Out of AFI’s list of 60+ mentionable Directors, only 2 graduated in the 21st century). You can see for yourself here.

Seriously, other than Scorsese, Spike Lee, Oliver Stone, and George Lucas (who graduated 40 years ago), most people can’t name one recent graduate to even direct a movie.

And filmmaker Kevin Smith, in his comedy “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back”, offered a humorous take on the plight of most film school grads

 Sadly, because students are trained to learn so little about the business of film – the best even a graduate of USC can hope for is a job getting coffee for a Director — who likely didn’t go to film school.

Our Mentoring Course is Different.

How We Teach

We train our students with a Practical, in depth understanding of how the film business has changed for Directors in the 21st century, as outlined in this 1 Hour Webinar – whether you become a student or not, please watch this webinar to make sure you are properly educated about the realities of the film business before spending $100,000 on school. 

Want to Direct? Don’t get a degree, and DON’T move to Los Angeles. Not yet.

          Why? Because every week thousands of wannabe directors come West dreaming of Hollywood Glory- and most of them end up either waiting tables or holding a boom pole on a tampon commercial.

Because few of them took the time to understand the Film Industry. 

You don’t become a star basketball player by buying fancy shoes. 

Just like paying $100,000 for a film school with a big building or expensive cameras won’t make you a Director. We don’t have a fancy building that need to help us pay the mortgage on.

You buy your own equipment and make your own projects, just like Wes Craven, Tarantino, Christopher Nolan, Stephen Soderbergh, Ed Burns, Hitchcock, David O. Russel, Spielberg, Robert Rodriguez, and nearly every filmmaker in history. (Even Scorsese made 4 low budget movies you’ve never heard of for Roger Corman before he pulled off “Mean Streets” and got recognized!)

We don’t promise you glory. We do promise you the chance to get in the game and take your shot – rather than sitting on the sidelines getting a job fetching coffee for someone else.

   Film School Solution is the only film course that trains you how to build your own network and shoot your own manageable, achievable 1st Feature Film in your hometown, Market it Directly to an Audience, and THEN come to LA and use that as leverage for your Directing Career.

It’s a Practical, In Depth Plan of Attack you can start NOW, wherever you live in the world.

Hung up on the RED Camera or shooting on Film? Don’t waste your money on a fancy camera. In 2014, the playing field has been leveled. Our students learn the most important part of getting a good image: lighting, not the camera. When done right, a $600 DSLR can compete with cameras that cost 700X more.

Film School Cameras Are a Waste

And our Program is less than 1% the cost of most film schools. 

You don’t need a big building to learn in 2014. Even the nerds at MIT say so.

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Testimonials

Students & Parents Share Their Thoughts On Our Training

FSS Student Fabian Santos Talks About His Feature

Dylan Martinez talks about how he started working on film sets

while still in high school

Chris and Tom Foster Discuss Why They Chose Film School Solution

Over Full Sail or Other Expensive Film Schools

Industry Vet Jack C. Smith Explains Why He & Other Hiring

Professionals Do Not Like to Work with Film School Graduates

Cary Solomon, 20 year Industry Vet and Co-Writer of “God’s Not Dead” Shares His Thoughts on Film School Secrets & Film Schools in the Industry

DP Buz Wallick shares how he began working on pro film sets at age 16

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The kind of email I don’t like: Unfortunate film school grad

realizes too late his $48,000 in debt was not worth it at all

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Up the Message of Film School Secrets

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From a Private LinkedIn Conversation on the Value of a Degree

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Tuition

Our Program costs less than 1% of Traditional Film School - and provides 1000 times the practical value.

Our Program costs less than 1% of Traditional Film School – and provides 1000 times the practical value.

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sethbeachface6Hi, my name is Seth Hymes, founder of Film School Secrets & Film School Solution. I’m a Media & Marketing Consultant living in Los Angeles, with 17 years of film production experience. I’ve worked as a writer, DP, & Director, and raised Private Investment Capital for movies. I graduated NYU Film in 1999 – one of the biggest mistakes of my professional career. Since 2010 I’ve been running this website and showing young filmmakers a smarter way to reach their goal of Directing movies.

Film School Solution is only open to a few students at a time. You don’t need to live in LA or have any previous experience. You do need to be passionate, motivated, outgoing, practical, and open to coaching. 

Our program costs less than 1% of traditional film schools. If you or your child is interested in joining the program, or even if you just have specific questions about the film industry or Directing, fill out the form below and I’ll be in touch to schedule a time to talk via Skype.

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