“I understand everyone is entitled to their ownJan 05 2012Design Arts - Industrial Design/Graphic Design/etc
“SVA, as an institution, downright sucksNov 08 2011Design Arts - Industrial Design/Graphic Design/etc
“For anyone considering a major in film, firstApr 03 2011Video/Media
1. Is this what I really want to do?
2. Can I afford this?
3. Am I willing to wake up before 5:00AM for a film shoot?
Am I willing to have a very unhealthy lifestyle, wherein I will not be getting much sleep for weeks at a time?
4. Do I really need film school?
Unlike Law or Medicine, Film is not an industry where it is necessary to have a degree to break in. Many directors did not major in film. Film is all about who you know, and who knows you. While film school will provide you with plenty of opportunities to meet people just like you, trying to find a way into the industry, one must consider whether this is worth a yearly bill of 30,000+ dollars.
Most of the truly successful people I met here did not get to where they are because of the curriculum provided. In fact, most of them would get into trouble for missing classes. Why were they missing class? They figured working on a set was a much more valuable experience than attending class. They got to where they are because they took advantage of the equipment the school provides and they worked on shoots outside of school. Honestly, many of them didn't even bother to use the school's equipment, instead opting to rent equipment from other venues or borrowing equipment from friends.
Students who were not successful are more commonly found at SVA. Many students who go here do not give a hoot about film history. They find it "boring" and would rather watch the latest stoner comedy.
I met some truly wonderful people here, and learned much during my time at SVA. However, this had very little to do with the curriculum itself and more to do with my own personal development. Production classes, which can commonly run up to 6 hours in length, often felt like a waste of valuable time (time that could have been spent working on a film). Humanities are a joke. My advice to people interested in getting into film is to not major in film. If film is all you're interested in, try finding other ways to meet people within the industry.