Concerns about applying to film programs
Posted 26 November 2011 - 10:47 PM
Also, I have no children, I'm not in a relationship, & I have absolutely no plans for either.
Are my concerns unfounded, or could I really be denied because of age?
Posted 26 November 2011 - 11:12 PM
Edited by N.E. Coats, 26 November 2011 - 11:13 PM.
Posted 27 November 2011 - 08:17 AM
I meant that I'm turning 36 in January.
I can't see a problem, there are people older than you who have gone to film school. I remember having a conversation with Walter Lassally many years ago and he was talking about 40 year students being at the National Film School in the UK. I suspect it's even less of an issue than it used to be because people do more mid career changes than they used to.
You may find that the good schools will want to see examples of your film/video work.
Posted 28 August 2014 - 02:19 PM
I am 57 and the London Film School were very keen. Admitedly I am a qualified commercial photographer who has practiced as a self-taught freelance television DoP/Lighting Cameraman for about 30 years, even DoPed some award winning commercials. But hey ho, 57 and the only thing stopping me is my need to finance my mortgage and wife and to still have a wife to attend the graduation ceremony after a couple of years in another city trying to improve my career prospects and make myself happy again, I hate mainstream TV work. I would sell my sole to attend one of the great film schools to convert my skills to cinematographer or filmmaker even at my age and with my crippling back-pain ( years of working with portable TV cameras will do that to you).
If your family life and finances allow. Go to film school. Just be sure to go to a great school. There you'll meet great students who may make it in other fields and feed you work.