If you dream of making movies, but don’t know where to begin and you are considering film school… then consider this. If you want to know what people in the movie industry REALLY think about film school graduates, take a look at this short clip from Kevin Smith’s comedy “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back”:
That’s Chris Rock playing a film director and Jamie Kennedy playing a film school graduate PA. The clip is very funny (and a little vulgar) because it reveals a little spoken of truth here in Hollywood: film school graduates aren’t launch into the higher echelons of the Hollywood elite, directing their own movies and walking the red carpet. Even a “successful” graduate from USC will find that their big industry hookup is just like what you saw in the video: getting coffee for a working director… who probably didn’t go to film school. All over LA you will find recent film school grads desperately trying to find work, and no clear path on how to realize the dreams that led them to school in the first place: the dream to make and direct their own movies.
Then, check out this quote:
‘The “majority of students majoring in film and television will not be having careers in those professions”
– Stephen Ujaki, Dean of Film & TV at Loyola Marymount
NY Times, 7/5/11
That’s a quote from the head of a major Film School being quoted in the New York Times.
I think that’s a pretty powerful quote. I’d like to know what you think. Does that alarm you? Do you think it doesn’t matter? What did you think of the Chris rock clip above?
If you’re dreaming of making movies and looking for instruction, I’d really like to know what you hope to get from film school or any filmmaking training. What is your biggest concern or obstacle as you pursue your dreams? How do you think that film school will help you achieve your goals? What kind of movies do you want to make?
At Film School Secrets, we have retired our main program and are launching a new filmmaking mentoring program unlike any other. We mean that; our course is designed to help aspiring filmmakers actually succeed at writing, producing, and directing their first feature film and teaching them how to actually reach an audience with their finished product. Can any other film school say they do that?
To learn more about our new program, register for a Free Webinar being held Thursday May 9, from 6-7:30 POM Pacific Time: