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Film Directing Schools
There are three major kinds of film directing schools. Industry film schools focus on preparation to enter into the Hollywood system of filmmaking. Independent film schools offer guidance and skills for producing movies outside of Hollywood. Experimental film schools focus mainly on the artistic side of film without the technicalities of business and financial aspects. Although a degree from a film directing school will not guarantee a successful career, it helps to open doors. Also, film directing schools can help develop the many different aspects of a talent that are needed in the ever expanding film industry. For example, a gifted director who can make movies will not necessarily know how to sell those movies to producers. When deciding on a film directing school make sure that the school has been around for a while, has credentials to back up its program, and has a faculty that has worked in the industry. Top film directing schools include The Art Institutes, Brown College, and CDIA at Boston University.