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#1 Stefan Preuhs

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Posted 12 August 2007 - 10:17 AM

hey there,

i'm stefan from berlin / germany and currently working as eb-camera operator & photographer.
at the moment i'm thinking about a cinematographer / dop study path in the u.s. to grow up my ability & skills. can somebody please recommend me a school / university in los angeles or san franciso? there are a lot of schools in the internet to find and i have no idea about the qualitys and differences. would be very helpful to me. ;)

thank you very much
greetings
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#2 Morgan Peline

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Posted 12 August 2007 - 11:39 AM

http://www.afi.com/e...matography.aspx
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#3 Jonathan Bowerbank

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Posted 13 August 2007 - 02:08 PM

Academy of Art University in San Francisco has a pretty good film program. Depending on your experience though, they'll probably try to start you from the ground up. So if you already have some experience, look into meeting with a counselor or something to demo some exit skills if you feel you're too advanced for the beginner's classes.

It was too expensive for me to give it a try, but I've met a lot of people out here who loved their program. Plus, the school does a good job of ushering you into the industry through internships and getting some good gigs after graduating.

Just be sure to avoid the "Art Institute of San Francisco". Too many people I know went there and came out with nearly nothing to show for it.
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#4 Matthew Buick

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Posted 20 September 2007 - 05:52 PM

It was too expensive for me to give it a try


What sort of realm would "expensive" be?
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#5 Jonathan Bowerbank

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Posted 21 September 2007 - 12:32 AM

The type where when you go to a school's orientation, all they talk about is money and how many loans and grants you'll need to pay for one semester.

I was already on my way up and working in the industry and didn't see the need for it, is the ultimate reason why I didn't go. Had I been younger, maybe just out of high school, I would have bitten the bullet and paid to go there.
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#6 Jonathan Bowerbank

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Posted 21 September 2007 - 01:26 AM

I don't mean for that to sound as if AAU is a bad school. It's a fantastic educational institution and a great experience for those who go there and survive. It just wasn't for me.
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#7 Patrick McGowan

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Posted 21 September 2007 - 02:24 AM

Fitchburg State College.

It's better than any of those schools.

http://www.fsc.edu/commedia/
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#8 Patrick McGowan

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Posted 23 September 2007 - 10:08 PM

hahaha, I think I might have been drunk when i wrote that.

Seriously though, it's a good school.

Sort of.

Not really better than AFI though.

Edited by Patrick McGowan, 23 September 2007 - 10:10 PM.

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#9 Veronica Burke

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Posted 16 October 2007 - 08:48 PM

Why are you only looking in Los Angeles or San Francisco? There are good schools in Chicago and New York too. I go to Columbia College in Chicago, and it's nice, but also kind of expensive.

Columbia College Chicago
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