Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.
Film School Confidential: The Insider's Guide To Film Schools Paperback – April 3, 2007
See the Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
About the Author
More About the AuthorsDiscover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.
Top Customer Reviews
So far, I have found Film School Confidential to present a fair, accurate and honest portrait of what I have expereinced. The authors want to make sure a potential MFA candidate in film knows what he/she is signing up for. I did not find this book to be discouraging: just realistic.
Schools are reviewed in depth. One thing I found to be of particular help was the discussion of how production staff roles were determined. In some schools, a student might never get a chance to direct, even if that student came to study directing; whereas in other programs, students rotate through postions and have the opportunity to learn to edit, write, direct, produce, etc,... I found that the literature a school would make available to its applicants did not cover this information. It was only when I specifically asked the question to the film department itself that I determined how they approached this VERY important aspect of a film student's education.
For me, learning to ask that question alone was worth the price of the book. But, in fact, there really is a lot more - especially with regard to the mission and philosophy of each school (yes, they really are quite different.) If you are seriously considering getting your MFA in film, this book is an excellent resource.
The authors also have a friendly style of writing and addressing matters, so you will feel like talking to film students instead of a machine spitting out preprogrammed info and facts, that the SCHOOLS as institutions would want you to know about.
I wish there was a newer edition, though. But their web-site is updated, so you can look there... and after reading this, you can pretty much go into the extra effort, and make a couple of calls to find out about things for yourself. Trust me!Read more ›
They assume that individuals attend film school with the sole intent of a) being a director and b) directing features. There are four other traditional areas that aspiring artists choose to specialize in, and some schools are better for things such as editing, cinematography, design, and sound than others are. They also don't mention that a film degree has value beyond a film career -- one can enter advertising and other creative fields with it too. In addition, there is not enough coverage of other institutions. Los Angeles City College, an under-appreciated community college has the most graduates working in the industy, more than USC and UCLA combined. So what if they don't have an MFA program? Looks like the place gets the job done.
I advise film school potentials to read through the few interesting parts in a bookstore, instead of buying it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Apart from being an opinionated reference on politics and bad experiences, I found it to be boring and non insightful. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Julio Giron
This book is a really good resource, but be aware it really only talks about Graduate programs, not Undergraduate programs. Read morePublished on May 3, 2011 by Joe
An absolute "must-read" for anyone contemplating educational options in this industry. Very easy to read but dense with useful and practical advice. Read morePublished on October 28, 2008 by Kris
The book has its value for discussing in detail several schools throughout the country. I would even say it is a must-have before you visit ANY film school (even if's not in the... Read morePublished on July 4, 2008 by mpt_reviews
Overview of the top graduate film programs: gives good insight into each program and their respective strengths and characteristics. Read morePublished on May 11, 2008 by kgkj
Does say what it claims to do. Excellant guide, helped me choose Chapman U due to its excellant equipment and policies.Published on March 1, 2008 by R. J. Corsbie
I am actually looking for undergraduate programs and this book seems to focus more on graduate degrees but it was useful anyway.Published on August 12, 2007 by J. Meeks
I plan to go to film school to get a Master's in screenwriting. After reading this book, I almost changed my mind. Read morePublished on June 27, 2007 by Photocelt
This updated edition gives you a very good insight of some of the biggest names of film schools. It also gives you an idea what you should look for when you get out of a film... Read morePublished on May 14, 2007 by Amazon Customer