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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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