Zahi Farah Posted October 28, 2010 Share Posted October 28, 2010 Hello everyone, I have been an avid reader of this forum for quite some time and this question has been raised several times in different ways; my case is rather peculiar and this is why I've come - once more - for your advice/opinions on the matter. Currently I am enrolled at the Met Film School (based inside the Ealing Studios campus in the United Kingdom), doing my first year of what is supposed to be a two year degree intensive practical filmmaking program. Basically its a practical filmmaking degree that you get in two years instead of three because its very intense. The school, so far (a month in), has taught me quite some things and I am sure I will learn a lot more in the coming months. Reading through several different forums though (not only Cinematography.com), I have come to the conclusion that a film degree isn't that valuable. Sure, its credit but its not a necessary step into the industry. So this is what I'm thinking of doing, switch to the one year certificate program and understand the ropes/basics of filmmaking and then go back to my home country (Lebanon) and use the tuition I was supposed to spend on the second year to shoot a short-film. That's 20.000£ or roughly 30.000$ - its not bad considering, I also think I could get some extra funding if I really put my heart and soul into it (I will). I already own a Canon 5d mk2 (yes, I know, you guys aren't fond of it but I firmly believe that its a very useful and viable tool for semi-pro work + I'm into photography) and I have an idea for a script. Several ideas actually, most of them are doable. Bear in mind that I could ultimately (its the plan so far) apply to NFTS (National Film and Television School) for my MA. I have talked to several tutors who have graduated from there and sometimes teach there and they told me its a good plan. They say - without hesitation - that having shot a short-film shows boldness and if shot well, is a great addition to my reel/portfolio and would definitely increase my chances of getting through the very harsh admission filter of the school. (PS: NFTS doesn't require you to own a BA to study there, having a strong reel/portfolio and proving you're dedicated enough will get you through). So, long post I know, what do you guys think? I mean, some of you are already working out there, what do you think of people that approach with only a film diploma (BA) in their hands and a student reel? What do you think of people that have directed a short-film and own some sort of certificate? What would be more relevant? Ultimately my goal is to direct movies (and later on to open a film school, but that's another topic ;)), I know that. I am also aware that a lot of people change their minds while they go through the education process, but I know what I want to do. I want to become a director and honestly, I really have this urge to shoot a movie. You're feedback is very important to me and this is why I am here, if you need to be harsh by all means do. What I need is the truth, don't worry about my "feelings". Thanks in advance, and again, sorry about the length of this post. I just had to be clear. Peace, Zahi. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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