Reader Sarah asks:
I recently graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature, but am very interested in becoming involved with film production. Problem is: I live in Wisconsin. But am very close to Minneapolis, Minnesota. Not exactly the hub of film production.
Anyway. The question is: where to start? Obviously, moving to L.A. seems the best bet, but I wonder if pursuing a Masters in Film would be ideal beforehand.
With the economy the way it is, I really don’t know what the safest path is.
Well, the first thing you need to know is, there is no safe path in Hollywood, no matter how good or bad the larger economy is.
That being said, my definitive answer to the question of film school is… it depends.
The thing to remember about film school is that it’s not the same as med school. In the operating room, you wouldn’t want some uneducated goof winging it and hoping for the best; in a movie, it can be considered high art.
Film school does not guarantee you a job. Nor does being a high drop out altogether hinder your job prospects. Just ask a grip. Zing!
So, if film school is unnecessary, why would anyone want to spend thousands of dollars for a sheet of sheepskin?
Read tomorrow to find out…
(That’s what we call call a “tease,” in the blogging business.)