If you want to get more educated in film, one of the obvious choices, you need to go to a film school to gain all that you can. I have written a few posts that show you some gateways and what you can expect, but this post is a shortcut to get to that information.
Click Here to a list of film schools. There are dozens of others out there that are perhaps a bit cheaper than some of these, but this just exposes you to what’s out there.
Click Here to an example at UCLA as to what the general education requirements are that you need in college before you focus purely on film.
Let’s face it, not everyone wants to go through two more years of general studies before they get to pursue their career. We already did all of that in high school right? Well if you’re wanting to go into film and don’t care as much about getting a BA then I highly recommend going to Seattle Film Institute.
This film school offers both Bachelor’s of Arts Degrees and Certificates. If you’ve already gotten your 90 college credits then you can go to this school for little over a year to get your BA. If you wish to just go ahead and start your film career then you can take their programs and get a certificate, which will give you 90 college credits. Pretty cool, right?
There are so many other options that you can do with your education at this school. Learn more about it here.
This is the school that I hope to attend once I’ve gotten my generals out of the way. It looks like a great school and has a lot to offer.
Now that I’ve gone over a little bit of what you could expect in the education part of film, let me tell you about myself. More specifically, about why I want to become a director and actress.
My whole life I’ve always been involved in some sort of play that requires me to either act or sing. My freshman year was the year that it clicked that I wanted to do something with it in my future. Being involved in theatre certainly helped me realize that, but what really made me want to become an actress was because of this well acted scene by Jensen Ackles from Supernatural:
What I was thinking during this scene was, “Wow, I’d love to be able to get into a character like that someday.” Jensen Ackles’s acting was incredible in this I thought. The raw emotion he put into it is something that I really admire. To me, there’s just something about stepping into another person’s shoes and acting in an entirely different world than yours. You are able to escape the real world for a certain amount of time and be someone else that you shaped. It’s much like creating your own characters in a book. You get to decide how you want them to be and hope that someone else will be able to relate to them.
Moving on to why I decided that I also want to be a director. In theatre, between plays, we would make music videos, movie trailers, short films, etc.. I always seemed to be the one that took the lead. People in my group would often look towards me without me even having to say anything. Like they were already assuming that I was going to be the “director”. This, however, is not the particular reason why I want to be one. Michael Bay has always been one of my favorite directors and he’s always done amazing work with movies. Here’s a video of Michael Bay while directing Transformers:
Almost every single movie that I see I usually go and watch the Behind the Scenes. I’ve always taken an interest in how movies are made and the amount of work that goes into them. An actor makes a character come to life, but a director makes the entire story come to life.
When you go to major in film you, unfortunately, have to get your generals out of the way. I have found some general education requirements on UCLA’s website that looks pretty insightful. Click here to see what those requirements are. You can also click here to see USC’s requirements which were for 2012/2013 but I’m sure that they’d still be the same.
Now, I’m not saying that these requirements are for every school. Others may be different. This just gives you a good idea. I hope this has helped you!
Back in the fall of 2016, I was assigned to interview someone who was in the same field as film. The two people, who are students at Central Washington University, that I was able to interview aren’t majoring in directing or acting, though. They were specializing in screen writing. However, this still gave me a good idea as to what sort of writing I’d be doing if I had to in the film major.
From what they told me, is that if you’re going into anything with film you should expect to be doing a lot of creative and analytical writing. You could expect to be writing some screenplays (creative) or reviewing movies (analytical). Sounds fun right?
Now, I don’t believe that the writing really implies to specializing in acting. It does more so for directing. I will soon be posting more about the types of writing courses that film schools will expect you to take.
There are many schools out there where you can get more educated in film. Though most are a little on the expensive side, they are great schools.
Here are a few of the top film schools where famous directors and actors have gone :
- University of Southern California (USC)
This is where director Steven Spielberg (Saving Private Ryan and War Horse) and actors Will Ferrell, John Wayne, and Sophia Bush attended.
- University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)
This is where director Justin Lin (Star Trek Beyond and Fast & Furious 6) and actors James Franco, Ben Stiller, and Jack Black attended.
This is where actors Matthew McConaughey (also director of the short film The Rebel), and Owen Wilson attended.
As I said before, there are a ton of other film schools. So there are a lot to choose from. University of Texas happens to be one of the cheaper places to go, where as University of Southern California is one of the most expensive.