I am currently considering applying to a Film School. I really enjoy making my own short films and editing, but I am only an amateur. Is film school worth going to? I was wondering if anyone can tell me what made them choose to work in this industry, and what happens after you graduate film school?
I spoke to several colleges and they could not give me a clear answer.
Thank you for the help,
If film school worth going to? It all depends on what you hope to learn by attending relative to what you wish to do with your life afterwards.
Assuming from your post that you would like to either Direct or be an Editor, attending a filmschool is a good way to have access to projects (your own and by others) and access to equipment and other resources.
That said, know that filmschool alone won't necessarily qualify you to actually do any of the jobs once you graduate. School is a good start, but you should also compliment that theoretical environment with any kind of "real" experience possible. That could be through internships with working production companies near you or by contacting someone within the film industry and asking if you can visit to observe.
Find out all you can about what real life is like for those working in the movie business by asking questions on the internet (like you are doing here), by asking people who work near you, and by reading everything relevant to what it is you want to do (see the list of books and other resources on my own book site www.whatireallywanttodo.com).
Taking film classes is beneficial, but also take the time to study literature, writing, history, sociology, political science... these kinds of course will not only help you in immeasurable ways in life itself, but inevitably, if you want to make movies, it helps to have a foundation on which to build stories from. Film classes talk about film making theories and some measure of practical technique. But taking the time to study more will give you something to make movies about.