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5.22.2008

Go to School... at Home

My sister sent me a link to the following "list". The author lays out a wish list of things she wishes people would stop doing because she homeschools. [As an aside: "Homeschool" is still not considered a word by my word processors... how lame is that? It's pretty lame.] The basic thrust of this darkly humorous rant is that it is very possible to get a good education at home. And this applies to media production as well.

In fact, I've had several mentees ask if they should attend film school. I always tell them yes, but only because it will force them to try their hand at different aspects of filmmaking. It will require them to actually produce stuff. But the learning isn't done in the classroom.

Of my four years and one hundred grand of film school, I still quote a handful of lessons. You learn far more from doing it. Every film I shoot teaches me buckets more than what I learned sitting behind my desk typing notes. So, if you don't have $100K to blow on going to California to spend four years learning that your next step will be to make copies of scripts and learn how to brew coffee for high-strung, ADD people who don't care about you at all, don't fret. But you do need to get busy.

I'm not bashing film school. I loved my years at the University, and what I did there prepared me and allowed me to get to where I am today. But it's what I did, not where I went or what classes I sat through.

Action.

Which is the entire point of this site: Production... Now. If you're interested in media production: Start today. If you don't know where to start, let us know. We're here to help.

Not sure where to go for help? Want a little "one on one" time with someone? We've got the solution: Post your question, comment, or concern on the Forums, and we'll get back to you. Your learning from home could start right now.

Welcome to the world of homeschooling.

~Luke Holzmann
Your Media Production Mentor

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