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#1 Benjamin Davis

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Posted 25 April 2011 - 11:54 AM

Hello there, I'm a budding filmmaker, if that doesn't sound too ridiculous or condescending, and I am planning on going to either these three film schools located in Los Angeles. Before I go into depth as to what school offers what, I am making this post to obtain information regarding people's experiences at these schools, or experiences of people you know of. Try to be as specific as possible, too. Thanks!

Pros/Cons: Video Symphony (http://www.videosymphony.com)
  • Pro: Located in L.A.
  • Pro: Big emphasis on post production, reason being why it is a film editing school.
  • Pro: Teaches Avid, FCP, and After Effects
  • Pro: I can meet a variety of already employed editors, colorists, and VFX artists who are certifying themselves at Video Symphony.
  • Con: Lacking the pre-production and production sections of film making.
  • Con: Would not emphasize cinematography, which is ultimately what I would like to do.
  • Con: Is mainly a vocational school, whereas other subjects such as liberal arts and art history that are imperative to film making are not taught.

Pros/Cons: L.A. Film School (http://www.lafilm.edu)
  • Pros: Well heard of and located in L.A.
  • Pros: Teaches the entire process of film making, as well as other courses in computer animation and recording that I may be interested in.
  • Pros: Gives Associates and Bachelors degrees in Art.
  • Cons: Current teacher/staff issues.
  • Cons: Job placement is apparently horrible. They gave a student a job at the NBC gift shop and wrote it off as if he got a job working in the video department of NBC.
  • Cons: Barely a vocational school, may be difficult to get a job after, especially with their already disappointing job placement scandal.

Pros/Cons: NYFA in L.A. (http://www.nyfa.edu/...sal_studios.php)
  • Pros: A classic film school experience teaching all sections of the film making process.
  • Pros:Many renowned guest speakers on a regular basis.
  • Pros: A good job placement record and acts as a vocational school somewhat.
  • Pros: Gives Associates and Bachelors degrees in Art.
  • Cons:Does not emphasize the specifics of post production as much as a place like Video Symphony.
  • Cons: Is far more expensive than L.A. Film School or Video Symphony while offering similar experiences.
  • Cons: Open admission, meaning anyone can go to it after paying.

Hopefully you guys can help me out! Thanks for reading.
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#2 M Joel W

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Posted 29 April 2011 - 08:12 PM

Have you considered City College Los Angeles or UCLA Extension school? Both are relatively affordable and have very strong reputations from what I've heard here and elsewhere. Not sure what degrees they offer, as if the degree matters.
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