When the idea of going to film school suddenly seemed impossible to grasp, it’s likely that many of the people who have had the hardest time making the transition to the new field are probably not the most likely to have a positive impression of it.
Film school graduates are a relatively new breed, with the average age of starting a graduate program in the U.S. being roughly 27, and the average tuition for students is $27,898.
But even as students begin their careers in the industry, they often don’t have a lot of experience with making movies.
“Most film schools are still fairly new, and it’s going to be difficult for them to get into a position where they can really help their students,” says Matt Minkin, an editor at Film School Researcher, a website dedicated to informing film school students about the industry and industry opportunities available to them.
For a long time, there were some ways for people to get experience in the film industry, but the industry has gotten much more sophisticated and more connected, Minkisays.
The biggest challenge for film schools, he says, is finding a job.
“The industry has changed so much that it’s hard to find a job right now that you feel like you’re going to make it in film school,” Minkinsays.
“And a lot is riding on the work you do.”
“Most students are going to have to be working in their final year in film,” says Josh Bowers, an associate producer at the New York Film Society who teaches classes on production, script writing, and other aspects of filmmaking.
“It’s going for a graduate who’s going into the industry right now, and you’re not going to see that on a lot films.”
And even if you do get a job, you’re likely not going work on your own.
“When you’re in school, you have a mentor that’s going out and helping you get out of a lot situations,” says Bowers.
“But in the world of the industry you have to work with someone, and there are no mentors in the studio or on the production side.”
Minkinosays advice for aspiring filmmakers: “You have to make sure that you’re doing a lot for yourself in your final year,” he says.
“There are some very good filmmakers out there who are not going into film school, and that’s OK.
But it’s also important to understand that it will be tough for you.”
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Bowers says that the average amount of time that students spend in the field is between eight and 10 years, and he says that students who are interested in working in the business side should definitely go into it with a “pretty full head of steam.”
“If you’re really into the film world, you’ll probably have more of a shot,” he adds.
“Just like any other field of business, it will take time to get up to speed with it.”
If you want to learn how to get a film school job, Minksinosays, don’t wait.
If you’re an aspiring film school graduate, Bowers suggests that you try to get interviews in the spring or summer.
And if you’re unsure of how to do that, try doing the following: “If I was to do my job, I would try to do the interviews in early May,” he said.
“I would ask, ‘Is this going to help you?’ and they’d say, ‘No, I’m not doing that.'”
If you are able to get your interview, Minsksinsays suggests that students work in a team.
“You should ask a few people out to lunch.
If people are there, that means you’re working well with them, and if they’re not, you should try to find someone else,” he explains.
“That’s the best way to find out how they work and what they’re interested in.”
But if you don’t want to work in the production department, you can still do a lot in the short time you have.
“At this point, it is actually pretty difficult to get jobs in film, and as a graduate, you are going into a completely new environment,” says Minkino.
“If there are a few things you can learn that you can use, that can be great, because you can see what’s out there and you can go out and learn from it.
But there are so many other opportunities, so many different things that you have the opportunity to learn, and I think that’s the key.”
The truth is, you probably won’t be able to make any money making movies if you just sit around doing nothing.
“As a graduate of a film program, you need to be ready to go,” Minksino says.
And he suggests that if you have any questions, send them to the industry’s education and outreach team at [email protected] For more on filmmaking, check out the New