Article by Heather Kraus

Choosing the right film school can help you learn more about the process as well as helping you get the experience you need. While it is possible to be born with a talent formal learning is a great way of nurturing it. The formal structure of a class is the best way to learn things. This is as true of the creative industries as it is with any other type of industry. There are a number of factors to consider when applying.

Afford-ability is one big issue and may restrict the ones that you can apply for. Living situations, locations, and reputation are all factors. The ability to opt for one day or weekend seminars is another factor. These are ideal for specific specialties such as screenwriting or editing.

If you are specifically interested in screenwriting you should find a course that is designed with your personal needs in mind as opposed to going to one that offers a more general type of course. If you do have something specific you want to study see if the film school offers the course that will help you. A seminar is a great introduction to the type of work that you want to do. Continuing with the example of screen-writing you should find out more information. A good tutor should be able to give advice on the right formatting software that companies look at. You should ask if they offer advice on formatting and presentation as well as story construction. They will also offer the best feedback on ensuring the scripts are well structured and help you tell your story.

Few people go straight into directing after they graduate and it helps to be aware of how different facets of the industry work in order to get onto a set. You need to consider is whether it is better for you to be a specialist in a certain area or to have more all round ability. This is certainly the case if your ultimate ambition is to be a director.

When considering a course look at the length of time. Two courses are a good way to learn more about film. However a longer course is likely to be more in depth. With the exception of one off seminars or workshops courses often last between two to four years.

Given that you will be investing time and money into it you need to make sure that it is worth putting effort into it. Whatever the length of the course you should do a background check. The right feedback will help you decide what is right for you. It is generally advised to look at reviews that offer positive and negative points. When checking feedback be wary of overly positive or negative reviews as these may well be spam reviews.

Experience is an important way of getting more credits and work. The right film school will also have effective careers advice and internship places. This will help you get the most out of your studies. While there are no guarantees studying the form and getting work placements will help get more experience and build up more contacts.

“When a defining moment comes along, you can do one of two things. Define the moment or let the moment define you.”

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