20 Truths About Film School

There’s obviously plenty to learn in film school…here’s 20 random things I’ve learned thus far!
1. When you’re with other students, be aware that anything you say could be used as a line in a script one day.
2. When going to see a movie, it’s more than just a casual outing.
3. Do not make enemies, you never know who you might work with on a project in the future.
4. Knowing the skills of others is just as important as knowing your own.
5. You need to watch more foreign films.
6. Your list of movies to watch will never stop growing.
7. When hanging out with film students, 95% of the time you are going to talk about movies.
8. There are not an abundance of women in this field.
9. The saying, “If you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours” is very applicable to film projects.
10. You cannot be shy. If you want experience you have to go out and get it.
11. After making your own movie, you will never watch a movie in the same way again.
12. DP in the Cinema world doesn’t stand for Dr. Pepper, like it does in my world.
13. There is a possibility one of your classmates will one day direct adult films.
14. If you are a good sound person, you won’t have a problem staying busy.
15. Class critiques…you never know what you’re going to get.
16. Whoever said, “It’s all about who you know…” They’re right, so go meet everyone you can.
17. Taking risks can be good, proceed with care.
18. Reserving your equipment can be a challenge, so plan way ahead.
19. You now attend classes with people you have a lot in common with.
20. Film school is stressful, busy and fast-paced…but it’s fun.

One comment

  1. Heres one of my top ones: your character is more important than your qualifications. Even if you don’t know everything, 9 times out of 10, people would rather work with someone who is willing to learn and is a good person than someone who is excellent at what they do but is a total jag.

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