When we watch movies like Spiderman, King Kong and Star Wars, we often wish we could make movies like that. Especially people with a do-it-yourself bent of mind have this craving within to try and duplicate something that attracts them very much. Well, a Film School is their best bet to start learning the tricks of the trade, and check out their skills at film making.
Special Effects is one of the main highlights in these big-budget movies, and has proven to keep audiences’ interests high. A lot of effort and money is being spent on making the special effects look awesome, futuristic and extremely realistic.
While many are awestruck by the outstanding special effects, most are clueless as to how these effects are achieved. They have no inkling of what goes on behind the scenes. Some might even find their lack of knowledge very frustrating.
One of the ways to start learning about film making is reading books and visiting good sites on the Internet. A lot of information is usually freely available. We just have to spend some time searching for the right information. There are also online film schools that offer courses over the Internet.
But when it comes to hands-on training, there is nothing that comes close to a film school program, where you personally get involved in making a student film and get to play the roles of director, cameraman, script writer, storyboard artist and a whole lot of other important technicians in the film industry.
The practical training that you get in a film school can never be obtained by any other means, and that is perhaps the greatest benefit of enrolling in a film school program. The equipment used for film making is extremely expensive and a film school might be the only way through which you can get a chance to handle and use them.
Film making is a team effort. Big-budget Hollywood movies literally require thousands of technicians working together to make a movie. It is not a one-man show. A film school is the best place to get trained for this environment. Here, you get to form a team, learn together as a team and depend on each other to make your first test film. You also learn to depend on each others skills, tolerate each others temperaments (and tempers) and generally learn the dynamics of team work.
For people with not much time or money, there are weekend programs where they can take a crash-course to get a taste of film making. These 1-day programs are also suited for people who just want to test the waters before taking the plunge into a full-fledged film school program.
Programs offered by universities tend to be more academic and theoretical rather than practical. On the other hand, programs conducted by film studios and other organizations affiliated to the film industry tend to have a more practical, hands-on approach. These schools also have as visiting faculty, technicians who are working on current films in Hollywood. Getting to know and learn from technicians in the industry is extremely valuable and can never be replaced by any other means of learning.
So, to make movies like the latest blockbusters, get enrolled in a good film school and learn the tricks of the trade. One day, you will see your name in the film credits!
Daniel Sudhakar features a Film School Directory on his Special Effects website