Q: What’s the best/cheapest school for aspiring producers?

August 24, 2011 by cindy  
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Q: What’s the best/cheapest school for aspiring producers?

Brian W.,  Des Moines Iowa

What’s the saying, beauty is in the eye of the beholder?  Well, deciding what the best film school is for producers is kind of similar.  It’s in the eye of the beholder.  Meaning, what’s right for me and the way I learn may not be right for you and the way you learn so I am not going to give a specific school here.  I recommend (and I know I say this a lot) researching.  There are many different kinds of producers and many different tracks to go on.  For example, if you want to be a creative producer at a studio, then I recommend a four-year university that has a lot of ties to the studio system, that really focuses on networking and creating a strong community amongst its graduates.  If you are more interested in doing every facet of producing on an independent level, from the budgeting, to lifting sandbags on set, to being with the director and editor while they are working on the project then a more nuts and bolts film school is for you.  Those schools tend to focus on hands on experience in every position on set, they tend to be shorter in time than a four-year university, they’re more like a trade school.  Then there is always the school of hard knocks.  You can go out and intern (which I call free film school) and just start making films with your friends. So, as you can see, there are many options for those who want to produce.  Do your research and choose the one that is right for you.  If you can’t afford the film school you think you need, remember some of the best producers around didn’t go to expensive schools, some of them didn’t go to film school at all.  Frankly, if you want to be a producer, I would recommend getting a business degree so that opens up a ton of options for school right there.  There is no one way to become a producer and every experience brings something different to the table when it comes to filmmaking and that’s what makes this business so special and so much fun.

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