In my last blog, I explained why . Now that you know what it is and why it matters so damn much, you need to know how to write it. With that in mind, here are three DO’s and three DON’Ts when it comes to writing the film school personal essay:
First, I'll address the original post as brief as I can.
1. True. Film school prices are ridiculous. Tuition for my program jumped more than a 1/3rd of what I paid in less than 5 years from graduating. And yes, it's never been cheaper to make a film. Yay!
2. There are more filmmakers that DIDN'T go to school than did. Where do you think filmmakers learned before the film schools of the 60's (which are NOT the same as film schools nowadays)? On the job (apprenticing). In the streets.
3. Celluloid. Forgive me purists... but c'mon... do you really want to learn how to cut a film on a Steenbeck, let alone the myriad of other processes one must go through to shoot film? Slow. Tedious. Expensive. I know -- I've done it. It sucks.
4. Another truism. If you can't find the movie you're looking for then you're not internetting hard enough. Back in Scorsese', Coppola's and Lucas' day there was no such thing as a rental store -- you went to the cinema or a film school with a plethora of prints.
5. "Film degree." Bahahaha. Okay, next point...
6. Classrooms. Ick. To each their own.
7. Websites, forums, DVD's... Literally everything you learn in film school can be found on the internet or in your library. That's just the truth.
8. Network. Yes, film school has brought me a few contacts that got me to work for free for resume padding that has never gotten me a job. After film school I made more lasting connections -- much, much, much more. Be PA on a film and meet connections that are working in the industry. I met my producer on a cable access, variety hour comedy sketch show. I was taping cable to the ground. He was passing release forms out. Magical.
9. Either you'll make it or you won't. I agree with this -- film school has NOTHING to do with whether you succeed or not.
10. Hard knocks. Lessons learned there stick. They stick because they hurt when you learn them. Endure the pain and you'll be better for it!
If I were to distill the most useful knowledge I've accumulated... it'd be this.
- Read this book. "From Reel To Deal: Everything You Need To Create A Successful Independent Film. -- Dov SS Simons." I scoffed at it at first -- big mistake. This is more practical, to-the-point and helpful than film school was... it also costs $12.43.
- Get busy making shit. Like now. Right now. With whatever camera you got. I regret not making a feature/short until I went to film school. I should have done that shit at 12 years old instead of dismissing myself as 'too young.'
- Don't ask for permission or look for validation for what you want to do -- have the balls/ovaries to do it and you'll surprise yourself.
- Ignore anyone that tells you: you don't have the right camera, you can't shoot with that little of $, you have no experience, you need X number of crew, you can't act, YOU CAN'T ... etc...etc...etc. There's one thing in common with these people (and I'm speaking from my personal experience) -- they haven't done f**k all or it's of poor quality. A 'can't do this' attitude breeds stagnation and inaction -- hence these individuals never having the experience and failures to learn from and improve.
- Write. Read. Write more. It's the cheapest - and most productive - thing you can do whenever you find yourself not shooting.
- Get over the idea film school means anything. It's astounding how many people making great films and working in the industry haven't gone to school. Honest to Flying Spaghetti Monster.
I believe a big dissimilarity between personality thought and film school is that film school also forces you to inscribe analyzing papers on style/genres/director/movies/sequence and that will help you to believe about the verbal communication of film.
Writing the Film School Personal Essay (Part 2 of ..
7) Research. Joan Scott and Michel Foucault materials will form the basis ofyour research, as well as any other ofthe
assigned texts that are relevant to the treatment of sexuality in your film. In addition to these, you will consult and cite a
minimum of SIX SCHOLARLY historical materials to formulate your assessment of historical context and accuracy. These shall
consist of books (a minimum ofthree), and articles (a minimum ofthree) derived from peer-reviewed journals, or chapters from
scholarly edited volumes, that either comment upon the historical period depicted in the film, or the depiction of sexuality
depicted in the film.
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I was really looking forward to Christmas break, where I could finally see some real, normal films instead of the masturbatory arthouse crap that Professor Carageorge peddles on a regular basis. And what better way to combat the pretentiousness of film school with Steven Spielberg’s War Horse, a good holiday-time film from one of the greatest filmmakers ever? Boy, was I wrong. This is easily the worst film Spielberg has ever made, probably even worse than that one where Tom Hanks plays a Russian guy or something who wanders around an airport. Since I can barely remember that one, War Horse will have to do, since it’s the worst kind of pandering end-of-the-year Oscar-bait from a filmmaker who is talented enough to not have to sink to that level. Because surely Spielberg doesn’t have enough Oscars already, does he? Boring, unimportant shit happens in War Horse for almost two and a half hours, but there’s plenty of panoramic sunset shots set to soft flute music by John Williams so it must be good, right?
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I want to make it clear that to argue against going to film school is not to argue against the benefits of education and hard work. Jason notes in his book, "Mozart famously practiced until his fingers were crooked. The only way to get to greatness is to get your fingers on the keys and keep them there." I could not agree with this statement more! But nowadays you don't need to go to film school to get your fingers on the keys — or cameras. The decision to go to film school in the 21st century has changed entirely in a digital, connected era, and it's these changes that I'm going to focus on.