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So You Want to be a Film Maker?

9 AUG 2013
Career Path : Filmmaking and Film Editing

Take a few minutes to sit down and think about what your ambitions, goals and plans are. Maybe you want to think of some of the biggest film makers. Frank Capra or Alfred Hitchcock. How about Cecil B. DeMille? Stanley Kubrick is another big name. Go back several decades and look at George Cukor’s work. Maybe John Ford’s work helped inspire you.

All of these film makers started from the beginning. They took their ideas and passion, then combined them into some of the best and most well-known movies ever made. Even more important, each film maker learned his craft to the point that he put his own personality into every one of his movies. Theory and technique is at the core of every good movie, whether you train to direct or work as a camera operator.

Advantages of a Film School Degree

If you live in or near Toronto you’re in luck, as it has one of the highest concentrations of schools in Canada. It’ll be easy to look into enrolling into a film school in Toronto – you’ll be close to home, you know the area and you’ll be able to scout out movie-shooting sites that are already familiar for you.

As you look into the different film schools, make sure to inquire about what each program offers its students. Ask if you can take a tour of the classrooms and studios. Your purpose here is to find out which school has the academic content and the specific film making knowledge you’re seeking. You want the following:

  • A hands-on learning environment, one in which your instructors aren’t afraid to let you “get your hands dirty;”
  • Top-notch faculty who are already professionals in the world of film making.
  • Strong support for your portfolio, for your future career.
  • Up to date equipment and an awareness of the changes to the film industry
  • A good internship program to help you get that first experience

Locations in Toronto

When you begin looking for a film school in Toronto, keep in mind the type of school you want or need. A large school generally means more resources, while a small school means more individual time with instructors. Or, maybe you already have several university credits and all you need are the specific film school credits that allow you to graduate with a certificate or diploma. Once you’ve done so, you’re able to begin applying for filming work.

Let’s Look Throughout All of Canada

If Toronto doesn’t suit, don’t be afraid to cast your net throughout the entire country. Start with film schools in Canada. Look throughout every province in the country, even if it means you have to move away from home. Once you’ve found the right film school for your career goals, enroll. Admissions tend to be highly competitive, so it’s best not to get your heart set on a particular school if you intend to have a film career.

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