Like any other subject, Film is also a subject which needs to be learnt and mastered.
Although never included in the hardcore academics, Film as a subject needs very different techniques to be learnt. Learning this art is unlike any other subject and needs some specific training. Some of the greatest in the film industry, like Martin Scorsese, Lisa Cholodenko, George Lucas and Joss Whedon have studied this form of art to master it. One thing that is common between them is that they all have been to a film school. A film school is like any other school where the only film is taught. Although the film sounds like a single entity, it has several branches within it, from direction to cinematography to editing. Thus it is important for any filmmaker to study the art and find his/her niche and these schools are the perfect place for this.
Here we have the list of top film schools around the world that every aspiring filmmaker or enthusiast should consider going to:
American Film Institute
The most prestigious film school of all, American Film Institute is known for its quality of education and exposure. Situated in Los Angeles, the school offers a two-year conservatory program where students specialize in fields including directing, producing and writing. The institute enables students to produce as many as four personal films during their studies and provide advice from visiting industry experts. Some of their alumni are now top directors in the industry like David Lynch, Darren Aronofsky, Terrence Malik, etc.
University of Southern California
An institute known for its state-of-the-art facilities, the University of Southern California produces more graduates working in the industry than any other school. It is considered to be the best place for learning the technical part of the film because of the wide array of equipment and technologies. Its Peter Stark Producing Program is considered the best program for aspiring producers. It has thousands of alumni who are working in the industry among which George Lucas, Ron Howard and Jon Landau are some of the prominent names in the industry.
Beijing Film Academy
It is one of the biggest film schools outside America. China’s Beijing Film Academy is an elite school for film direction, production and writing. Each year it receives around 100,000 applications out of which hardly 500 get accepted. It has produced some of the greatest new waves of filmmakers like Zhang Yimou and Chen Kaige and is considered one of the premier institutions for films.
New York University Tisch School of the Arts
Creator of legends like Martin Scorsese, Oliver Stone and Vince Gilligan, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts is known for the exposure it provides to its students. After completing the course the Graduates also get a chance to win a $200,000 prize to complete a debut feature film that no other school offers. Apart from the main New York campus, it also has a campus in Singapore known as Tisch School of the Arts Asia, which offers MFA degrees in animation and digital arts, dramatic writing and film production.
California Institute of the Arts
California Institute of the Arts is like a large laboratory for the creative arts. It is something Walt Disney dreamt up shortly before his death in 1966. Its School of Film/Video is famous for training animation talents, but besides character-based and experimental animation, there is also the scope of learning dramatic narrative, documentary, experimental live-action, multimedia and installation. Tim Burton, Andrew Stanton, John Lasseter, etc are some of its alumni.