Film school degrees are rated as the second most useless by Forbes and third most useless by Yahoo Finance. This will come as no surprise to consenting adults, but if the inclusion of these links saves just one kid from the indentured servitude of student debt, it will have been worth it.
The two most successful filmmakers did not go to film school. The two most gifted and successful filmmakers in perhaps history — Steven Spielberg and James Cameron — did not go to film school and do not recommend going to film school. Instead, they both advise aspiring filmmakers to shoot their own projects and build their reel until their skills are marketable enough to be hired on paid directing gigs. If you are not going to listen to James Cameron and Steven Spielberg, whose advice are you going to take? This question is fair game, and is the one question film school advocates cannot and will not address.
Many aspiring filmmakers think that spending $100,000 on a film school degree is a good investment, but most are not even aware of a $20 book that can make a gargantuan difference to their practical skills – the book that most of their competitors have never even heard of, and are probably not sufficiently motivated to absorb anyway.
It’s certainly a widely talked about subject. For us, we learned in the field – having never attended any type of film education. However, for many it may be exactly what they need. At any rate, we found the statistics and thought it worth mentioning.