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Film School Directory
Enrolling in a Film School is one of the best
ways to get an entry into the Special Effects industry. There are a
number of Film Schools in the US and Canada and in various countries
throughtout the world, offering great courses on Film-making. This page
is a compilation of many film school directories which you can use to
locate a good film school near you.
|Los Angeles Film School
Vancouver Film School
New York Film Academy
London Film Academy
U.S. Film Schools
International Film Schools
IMDb Film School Directory
How to Choose a Good Film School
people have different criteria for deciding on a particular school, but
one of the main things to remember while choosing a school is its
location. If the school is located near a major studio, or preferably
inside one, that will provide one of the best exposures to the film
industry, the professionals and technicians who work in it, the look
and feel of a motion picture studio and generally all major aspects of
film-making. If you plan to work in this industry, why not land up
there much earlier, learn all the techniques within that environment,
and later go to work there. You will not get this kind of exposure if
the school is located within a university campus or elsewhere.
major factor to be given due consideration is the faculty. You need
people who are in the industry to teach you, not professors who have
just theoretical knowledge. It would be great if the school has a
steady stream of film industry technicians visiting the school and
sharing their experiences regarding their latest projects with the
students. Again, if the school is located near or within a studio, this
becomes all the more feasible. Being in touch with the industry and its
people (not celebrities, but the immensely talented technical crew) is
one of the most important factors while learning the tricks of the
trade. It will go a long way in helping you establish a stable career.
|Careers in Movie Special Effects
- Animation: Animators use
traditional methods as well as computers to create drawings and paintings that would eventually become an animated movie.
- Art Direction:
Art directors design a set to reflect mood and circumstance as dictated
by a script. An art director is also responsible for working with
costume designers, make up artists, and hair stylists. Computer artists
are increasingly being used to fulfil this function.
Compositors are used to superimpose one footage over another. A vast
amount of special effects work in any movie involves compositing.
- Film and Video Editing: Editors compose the final production
by selecting the best shots and splicing them to most effectively capture the
mood, pace, and drama of a particular production. Most of this work is now being done on computers.
- Set Design:
Set designers recreate the time period and location established in a
script by designing, and possibly constructing, a set that projects the
time and place through architectural and other visual details. Many of
the sets on major blockbusters are never built physically. They are
elaborate 3D sculptures created within a computer. Computers are being
used extensively in creating elaborate sets that wold be almost
impossible to create physically.
- Sound Engineering: Sound engineering technicians are
responsible for all the recording of sound during filming.
- Special Effects Direction: The
Special Effects Director is required to provide the strategy for
creating all the Fx shots in the script. They should also keep in mind
the available time, the budget, the manpower, the technical resources
and the capabalities of the current technology before coming up with an