Chapman Graduate Film School
Posted 09 July 2005 - 06:13 PM
ultimately, when choosing a program, it comes down to personal choices, based on what info you have at the time and what you feel your basic needs are. i came from a background in fine arts studio, and extensive film and art history. i wanted to see if i could feel the same creative satisfaction in making narrative film, as well as gaining more knowledge and practical experience, as well as hoping to narrow what area within film I would like to pursue. because of that, i chose chapman. at that time, chapman was a smaller program, but did not require you to choose your emphasis (say in directing or cinematography) when you entered. i personally really love attending private school because of smaller classes and more individual time with professors. i also chose chapman because everyone gets to make their own thesis film, and you own your film when it is complete...not every film program works that way.
as at any school, there are great professors and not-so-great professors. personally, i have never had trouble finding mentors that have a very positive impact on myself and my work. there are amazing classes and ones that sounded good in the catalogue but left you wondering why you paid for it. i've been impressed by the efforts of classmates, and also sorely disappointed in them. but ultimately, it comes down to you...how much serious energy and effort you are willing to put into assignments, seeking and working on projects outside the classroom, communicating with professors and classmates, and finding/pursuing what it is you love about film and working to develop an understanding of the cinematic language as a form of storytelling, expression, and craft. i think that attitude is very important to making any film school or film work experience truly worthwhile.
I am now in pre-production of my thesis film.
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Posted 03 September 2005 - 11:43 PM
"Marion Knott Studios: Scheduled to open in 2006
· A brand new, 76,000-square-foot facility.
· A 500-seat theater with digital cinema and 35 mm projection.
· All digital post-production.
· Networked digital storage.
· Sound stages and shop facilities.
· Graphics and digital post-production labs.
· A wide collection of DVDs and scripts for study.
· A backlot slated for the next construction phase. "
Dodge College of Film at Chapman
I know that a lot of AFI faculty have joined with the current Chapman film department in building the new school. I think it will be the updated and more evolved place to study, because LA is built and the colleges have not much room to grow, except in curriculum. Chapman being in Orange County is as close as you can get to Film, beyond it's LA home. And the new programs seem more involving with the industry greats not just as guest speakers, but also as teachers. My younger sister is thinking of going to Chapman Film. I can't believe she would want anything to do with film. Having had to go through my making all of my films, she would fill in where any person didn't show up. From making costumes, building sets, acting to just holding something and then cleaning it all up. But she wants to study film, and I want the best for her, of course, so I am encouraging Chapman. Not just because I go there, but because the new Dodge School is even better.