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A Six-Point Manifesto for Film Schools
There's an array of roads a young person might travel on the path to being a movie maker (screens both large and small). Some just pick up a camera and go. Others follow a bottom up approach of apprenticeship, traineeships and on-the-job learning. Still the most common and arguably fruitful approach (or at least, in theory, that with the greatest potential to be fruitful) is to invest yourself in higher education the ubiquitous film school available in a variety of flavours. Of course ideally such an education should envelope the other two with tangible practical experience and a gung-ho 'pick up the camera and go' mindset of pro-activity. When these are fused with informed, conceptual and theoretical understandings it's a very powerful and empowering combination.
However, having been involved in teaching media creation for some time; developing courses and curriculum and teaching at a variety of institutions from large public universities to small private colleges and schools, I am consistently surprised, and indeed frustrated, by the distinctly old-fashioned and backward mindset than seems to survey the teaching of movie and media making and study.
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