Film Schools are B.S.!

2 Dec

“Perhaps it sounds ridiculous, but the best thing that young filmmakers should do is to get hold of a camera and some film and make a movie of any kind at all.”
-Stanley Kubrick

It occurs to us that we haven’t posted anything in over a month.  If one is to have a blog, one must write things, otherwise it’s not a blog; it’s a defunct blog.  We’ve decided that this time that we’re going to rail against film schools, like those at NYU and USC and any other ones out there.  Our purpose in doing so is twofold; it’ll put us back on the map as a going concern, and it might even make some people mad.  We’ve always fancied ourselves as agents-provocateurs and this is our chance.

We think film schools should be viewed with suspicion, ’cause most of the great film directors never went to film school – they were their own film schools.  Kubrick got himself an Eyemo motion picture camera and made a short documentary called “Day of the Fight.”  He didn’t sit around in a classroom and discuss the close up versus the medium shot versus the long shot; he shot a buncha film (or at least as much as he could afford to shoot with almost no budget. ) This was back before the days of video and video assist, when you didn’t know if what you’d shot was any good until it came back from the lab.  The great Russian film theorists had difficulty getting film stock, so they edited existing footage and developed their theories based on these experiments. Again, they learned by doing it – they didn’t have some professor to tell them about film theory.

young stanley kubrick

You go, Stanley!

If you’ve ever taken a film class, there’s always that one person in the class who thinks of him/herself as the next wunderkind.  That person usually has very little upon which to base that opinion.  That person is really annoying, isn’t s/he? (We were that person and we even annoyed ourselves.)  Another reason to avoid film schools and film classes.

The one useful role that film schools might fulfill is to provide equipment for those folks bitten by the film bug.  Even if you’re determined to strike out on your own a la Kubrick, you’re going to have a tougher time of it if you don’t have access to decent equipment (though in this day and age,  some pretty good results can be had even with less than stellar stuff.)  Why go out and rent a bunch of stuff if it’s  included in the tuition?

Now’s  the time to admit that we really don’t know what we’re talking about – we never actually attended a film school, only a few film classes, and that was decades ago.  Nonetheless, most of our our opinions are based on rather less than that…

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