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Going to filmschool is just like you going to school to be an engineer. You don’t have to go to university to build stuff either. However, people willing to spend money for you to professionally design structures or machinery will be much more confident in your ability if you did. Now having an engineering degree won’t make you a great engineer. It will still come down to your talent and passion for the work. All the degree does is give you the opportunity to explore the field in a controlled environment and gain other needed information in a short period of time.
I’ve been to technical schools and universities for study of film & tv production both as a novice and a returning professional. The thing I got from those experiences is the opportunity to work in a controlled environment where I got specific feedback on my work and the opportunity to work with others who may be potential collaborators outside the school environment. I could have just as easy gone out and slogged through it with just a camera and some books on my own. But just because I could have done it that way did not mean I ever would have known what I was doing.
Filmschool is not an ‘end all’ solution. Whether you go to school or apprentice you’re still going to have to work and build up your skills, reel and rep. Though amateurs get lucky sometimes, a trained pro doesn’t have to rely on luck. Going to filmschool is no guarantee you’ll work in the film & tv biz just like having an engineering degree is no guarantee you’ll be an engineer. But, having the training does lower the odds for you.