Not long ago, I pointed you toward a story up on our sister site DV Guru in which Ryan came up with ten reasons why you shouldn't go to film school. Well, the dude is back with -- I'm sure you know where I'm going with this -- ten reasons why you should go to film school. Personally, I opted not to go to film school, and instead gathered together a bunch of friends to shoot our own stuff. To this day, I consider the one feature we made (a film that will never see the light of day) my film school. I believe that everything I needed to learn I picked up over the course of the two years it took to finally put that monster together. However, right now I'm not trying to become some big, gutsy independent filmmaker. Instead, I prefer to write about (and occasionally make fun of) them.
Anyway, in my previous post, I was in favor of film school simply because of the amount of contacts one can rack up. And, it appears Ryan feels this way too, as this is also his number one reason why you should go to film school. He notes, "Your classmates may be the most valuable resource you'll ever have. Go through the program, make friends, find alliances, and when you get out, stay in touch with everyone." I can't argue there. Also on Ryan's list are industry connections, technical know-how, mentors to push you and history and theory, among others. If you're one of those people who's on the fence about whether or not to attend film school, I strongly suggest you check out both columns as they could prove extremely valuable.
After reading Ryan's latest list, has your opinion changed at all? Do you think it's necessary for those aspiring filmmakers to attend some sort of film school? Or should they save their money and teach themselves?