I'm resurrecting this thread for two reasons.
1. I have three semesters left at this school and I'm considering grad school. However, something like AFI will cost $100,000 and that's just ridiculous. At this point, having been through a bachelor's film program, the only thing left to learn is equipment (we have a shitty dept. here, but lots of dv stuff. film equip. is for grad students). So, why shouldn't I just take some of the money that I would spend going to grad school and make my own goddamn movie? I mean, if I took a tenth of AFI's conservatory cost, I could, with difficulty, make a feature on my own.
It's the same old argument as earlier in this thread, but with real practical thinking. I'm capable of teaching myself anything, and besides I have friends who go to SCAD who have learned film, so I could always sit in on a production with them or have a DP come up. The thought of being autonomous with all of that money is much more exciting and invigorating that the thought of spending it on room and board just to end up with a short and a thesis portfolio. My main inspiration in going for this on my own is Shane Carruth, the guy who made Primer. I think what he did was absolutely fantastic and near impossible. With a little more planning and money, what he did would be hard, but attainable.
2. I want to know what everyone's experiences have been at film school. I wanna know what classes everyone has taken. I've taken these:
-Film Aesthetics and Techniques (not a prod. class)
-American Film History I and II
-Critical History of TV
-Film Theory and Criticism
For me, all of these classes have been great except Film Theory and Screenwriting. Theory was just boring as hell and all bullshit. But screenwriting is horrible for a million other reasons. We have to write 60 pages, half a feature-length script, and it's just the hardest thing to do. My idea started off ok, but I've grown to hate it so much. Ironically, not caring anymore has freed up my writing in terms of going different places with plot, even though they don't fit the movie. And the teacher presents everything so poorly. He knows what he's talking about, but the class is basically a workshop where no one gives feedback that's of any real use. If he got to the nitty gritty of what's wrong with a scene, it might be helpful. But he's a little too loose because he knows it's our first time.
The best/worst part is the ideas. Jesus, people have bad ideas. One girl has the idea of a message board murder story (like if Stefen went and killed Pete, that's her movie) and this other girl wants a schizophrenic girl in her movie to have an abortion performed on her by imaginary stuffed animals. I'm not joking. There are other good ideas, a zombie movie, a gangster movie, so it's not so bad.
Anyhow, what experiences have you had in class?