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I attended Arizona State University and majored in Filmmaking Practices. I came to Arizona State intending to pursue a business major. It was not until the second semester of my junior year that I decided to change majors. Arizona State has three different film degrees. When I decided to make the switch, I wanted to attain my BA in Film and Media Production. Unfortunately, having decided to change majors so late, I was forced into the Filmmaking Practices program. This meant much less hands on experience and I was unable to take several classes that would have been very beneficial for my development as a filmmaker. However, it meant that I would only need to take one extra semester to graduate as opposed to another five or so. In December 2011, I received my degree.
The film program that I was in feel a bit short of my expectations. I knew going in that I would not be getting the same amount of hands-on experience that the Film and Media Production majors would get. I was also told by an advisor that the programs were essentially the same except for that facet. However, the program that I was enrolled in was much more focused on producing.
Since graduating, the only work that I have found has been non-paying. I worked on a no-budget feature length film, which was a very rewarding experience. It provided me with a lot of the hands-on experience I was unable to get during school. I am currently looking at internships with larger production companies and other paying opportunities. It has been a very short time since I started looking, but as of now, I have not received any responses.
I would recommend ASU to others despite the fact that it is not currently a big film school. Scottsdale Community College currently has a better reputation in Arizona, but the ASU film school is new. They also base their curriculum in ethics and are the only school to do this. I believe that it will be a very short time before ASU is competing with the schools that are already renowned for their film schools.
If I could do it all over again, I would in a heartbeat. I wish I could have started early possibly been admitted into the Film and Media Production program. Film is my passion and I wish that I would have realized this earlier. I do not want to be working at a desk for the rest of my life. I want to be on film sets. I don’t care if I’m working on films with massive budgets or no budgets. I love the collaborative nature of working on films. It is a truly unique experience that I am glad will be my career.
Someone who is considering film school needs to follow their heart. I know many people who lament their chosen career paths. If you are passionate about film, you will very likely not regret it. However, if you are expecting make loads of money and for work to just fall into your lap, this path might not be for you.
Found work after graduation? Yes
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