Do you find yourself inspired and in awe of movies you see as you watch scene after glorious scene in a dark theater? If all you can think about is the great action shots, the wide panoramic views, the up close and personal explosions, and perfectly executed cinematography, then you could have a career in the film industry.
Attending community college can help you land a career in the film industry by transferring to universities with the best film school programs like some of Hollywood's Heavyweights...
Some notable Hollywood directors, writers and producers got their start at film school, including Martin Scorsese, George Lucas, Lisa Cholodenko, Michael Bay and Randal Kleiser.
If you're looking to be apart of film history and learn the best earth-shattering and cinematically groundbreaking techniques, film school is where you need to be. But which school is the best, you ask? Whether you study in California or New York, if you want to one day rival the work of Martin Scorsese or Francis Ford Coppola, you have to put in your time and master the fundamentals of the medium. Here's a look at some of the best film schools in the country that you can aim for after attending community college and either transferring directly to a film school or attending film school after completing your bachelor's degree at another university...
University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts
Thousands of notable producers, actors, writers, directors and executives have graced the halls of this prestigious art school. This campus is rich with history and was founded in 1929. Some of the most talented students graduated from this school and went on to be successful, multi-million dollar people. Some of the most famous alumni include George Lucas ("Star Wars"), Walt Becker ("Van Wilder"), David Goyer ("Batman Begins"), Stephen Sommers ("The Mummy") and Brian Grazer ("A Beautiful Mind").
University of California Los Angeles School of Theatre, Film and Television
Crosstown rival of USC, UCLA is often revered for being a multicultural campus that ranks among the best schools in California, not to mention the talented alumni that graced the hallways. Some of the most-famous people from the film industry attended this school, including: Francis Ford Coppola ("The Godfather"), Justin Lin ("Fast Five"), Tim Robbins ("Dead Man Walking") and Alexander Payne ("Sideways").
You might not immediately associate film with a place like Middletown, Connecticut, but Wesleyan University has a strong Hollywood heritage. Directors Josh Whedon ("The Avengers"), Michael Bay ("Transformers") are both alums whose work is continually featured on both TV and the silver screen. Wesleyan provides a well-rounded curriculum that provides a solid basis for a professional career. Film majors are required to write, direct, and edit a movie by hand before moving on to digital.
New York University Tisch School of the Arts
New York is definitely a different environment than California, but that doesn't stop great breakout talent shooting straight to the top of Hollywood. A lot of iconic and household names are alums from the urban streets of New York University, including James Franco, Oliver Stone, Vince Gilligan ("Breaking Bad"), Martin Scorsese, Spike Lee and Chris Columbus ("Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets").
American Film Institute
Located in in Los Angeles, The American Film Institute is the most-selective film school in America, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The institute offers a two-year conservatory program, in which students often come into the program already spending time in the film industry. There's a great group of alumni from this school including Terrence Malick ("The Tree of Life"), Darren Aronofsky ("Black Swan") and David Lynch ("Blue Velvet"). Tuition will cost you $38,416 during the first year and $37,112 for the second year. An additional $8,033 will be added for your thesis project.