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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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