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Best Film Schools to Choose From

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

All schools can offer many different things. That’s the reason why schools have varied identities and characteristics. You must have heard from different people how the school is blamed for a certain image that an individual projects to the public. For example the statement: “Well, he acts that way since he is from the Blank Wall University. All students who come from that school act the same way”. And this inference is not devoid of logic. That particular culture and characteristic in a certain school is often caused by peer pressure.

So, determining the best film school is easy. The answer is: it actually depends on what you hope to become in your film school experience. Each film school has its specific attributes and features that the best thing to do is to figure them out first. The country where this school is found plays an important role in finding out the character of a specific film school.

There are a lot of aspects to consider: the type of courses offered, the length of time each subject is covered, the number of written modules versus the number of actual practice, the incorporators of the college and the course itself, guests appearing in certain key lectures, and the reputation the school exudes and whether that would really matter in the end of the course. I always believe that it does. It supports you in your movement in the world, whether it is up or down. But, in the real film world, degrees don’t hold much weight as that of track record and experience. No amount of argument can win against track record and innate talent. A few examples of schools of impeccable status and reputation are:

American Film Institute

New York University

California State of the Arts

University of Southern California

University of California – Los Angeles

Outside of the United States, there are two notable film schools that anyone who’s interested can choose and these are: Australian Film, Television, and Radio School and the United Kingdom’s National Film and Television School. Not too belittle the capacity of other international schools to teach ably the art of filmmaking but rest assured that there are those that can come at par with these schools mentioned. What one needs to do is run a deep research on his aspirations in the film industry, the culture that he wants to inculcate on himself, and where he would be most comfortable in.

Top Film Schools – Are You Geared For Success?

Monday, September 27th, 2010

If you have a special interest in films and also would like to become a Michael Bay or a Steven Spielberg, then you should start considering film school. In fact, you can find many options. You only have to figure out which one will bring you to winning an Academy Award.

However, choosing which school to attend can get a little complicated. You have to collect as much information as possible about film schools for you to select and come up with a wise decision. Don’t you just wish that you can have a site or a book that would inform you of the right school to pick for yourself. It is too bad that there is not really one source to do that for you. A solution to this would be checking out the school rankings since these can provide you with useful information.

There is a quantitative analysis of various indicators of excellence involved in school rankings. The following are included: faculty resources, graduation rate and also retention. In reality, film school rankings seem to depend more on qualitative measures like the industry’s reputation or a student’s experience. The end result is that film school rankings all boils down to schools that have made a great name in the show business or those that have come up with big-name and promising directors.

Degrees and top certification on film production and cinematography can be offered by top film schools which can start off your career as a director, producer, cinematographer, scriptwriter, or a film critic. Top film schools offer programs in film production and cinematography will you have a professional certificate or a degree in associate, baccalaureate or masters in the fields of film editing, media history, camera use, ethics, digital film production and other subjects that are related to film media and motion pictures.

Courses in this field are also offered at vocational schools, community colleges, or four-year colleges and universities with top film schools as they try to blend vision with technological expertise. Undergraduate students attend classes that involve film history, acting, directing, editing, scriptwriting, production, animation, audio production, and film criticism. Production programs are also included in graduate school opportunities and may lead you to having a Master of Fine Arts (MFA). Such degrees as Master of Fine Arts in Film Production or a dual MFA or Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Production may be achieved by any graduate student. These programs would require MFA students to make at least 5 movies and also work as camera operators and crew members all at the same time.

New York University and the University of Southern California have prestigious top film schools. They offer undergraduate and graduate courses for students who are interested to join the movie business as producers, filmmakers, scriptwriters and film critics as well.

Internet TV Viewers Love The Ads So Much They Want Twice As Many

Friday, September 10th, 2010

Social Media Websites such as Facebook and Bebo are not as popular to the internet enabled public as watching TV online, so says a new prospect. An ever increasing number of users are leaving cable and watching the same shows on their internet enabled PC or other device, and now it has been habitual that more users watch live internet TV than watch popular social media sites.

The study by Pew Internet and American Life Project who surveyed over 2250 people also came up with some other interesting online tv facts:-62% of fully grown Internet users watched a goggle box or tv show online, up from just 33% in December 2006, and online video use is near superior general by people younger than 18.

TV shows online are gaining popularity as 35% of Internet users say they now watch favorite shows online, up from just 16% in 2007.
The percentage of aged viewers (65 plus) watching video online is nearly 30%, up from just 10% in 2006. At this rate, around half of the older generation over 65 could be viewing internet video very soon.

 The percentage of men vs women watching online tv has changed as well. Men have always watched more online tv and video than women. However the gap has narrowed. The share of women who visit video sharing sites has grown from 46% in 2008 to 59% now. Among men, 65% now watch online video, up from 57% in just last year.

In the real world viewers will do anything to avoid watching advertising, but the online hearing are happy to see even more. So says Comscore who told the Advertising Research Foundation’s Annual Convention in New York that internet tv viewers are willing to wasee around twice as many ads than they currently do.

Tania Yuki, director of cross media and video products at comScore said:- “We are leaving money on the table (by not carrying a heavier ad load in online videos),” . She said that only 38% of the 2,000-some people surveyed said they watch online video to avoid ads, whilst around three living quarters of viewers who watch TV shows on the web (71%) do so to sweep over up on episodes they missed and 67% said they watched online video because it was more convenient.

Which Ad do i want to watch today?
Yuki said Hulu generally runs around four minutes of advertising each hour and could easily addition it to seven minutes without impacting viewer valuation reserve. The news is neat for Hulu, who are still to make any money off their online venture. Instead of turning into a subscription based model, just double the number of ads.

Other findings from the survey respondents showed that 71% watched traditional tv only, whilst 29% watched both on and offline tv.