Thoughts On LA Film School
Posted 10 October 2008 - 08:32 PM
Anyone have any info/thoughts on them?
I think it's a very good place to come to learn. It seems like everyone you bump into is "in the industry," so you get a lot of exposure to the industry.
Be careful of the fly by night outfits with one year programs for $20 or 30k. Check out the faculty, visit before you commit, do your due diligence. USC, AFI, Chapman (Orange County), maybe Loyola Marymount, I don't know about UCLA anymore-- these are the top schools I hear about. I have met a few Columbia College Hollywood students and been impressed, nice facilities too.
And of course I am a big fan of Los Angeles Community College. At $60 a semester per class, their own purpose built Cinema/TV building with stages, screening rooms, etc, I am very impressed.
Good luck, and look over the archives for other threads relating to film schools.
Posted 12 October 2008 - 01:57 AM
LAFS is great. If you can afford the time (break-neck one-year program) and the expense; I suspect you'll learn a great deal and make some tremendous connections.
I was impressed not only with the final film quality, but also of the professionalism and camaraderie on the sets\ locations. People knew their place and weren't at all disgruntled about gripping or whatever task was at hand. All six films where I acted in LAFS, I found them to be truly collaborative experiences. Overall, the thesis films productions operated like well-oiled teams (of up to 25 crew).
The cool thing is that you can direct on one film and grip\produce\whatever on a fellow classmate's gaining exposure to many areas. They have various concentrations of study with 'minors,' as well. I was so impressed I actually considered attending myself. Because I have my hands full with a full-time professional job and acting, that may be down the road. Meanwhile, I'm learning as much as I can about all aspects of the industry.
Posted 14 October 2008 - 11:46 AM
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