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Be very careful before deciding to attend the computer animation program at this school. My experience with this was pretty poor. But I came into it as the program was just getting started. My education was lacking in several ways. they were not organized, they mainly gear everyone toward games, if you want to be in film forget it! as of this date in the 3 years this program has been going only 1 person is actually working. 1 person is in a internship and nobody else has been able to find work. granted it is a bad time now but the school has pretty much not helped at all. It is alot of money so please before you decide on attending this school, check out student stories, talk to the graduates, I think it would be in your best interest.
Please please do not spend any money going to this SCAM OUTFIT.
I am a professional filmmaker. For what it's worth, I am a 3 time Emmy winner, 2 time Monitor winner, and was nomed 9 times for a Golden Reel, and have worked on two Oscar winning films. I've been in this business for decades, and there is one thing I can tell your for certain:
L.A. Film School will NOT teach you how to be a filmmaker.
STAY AWAY. RUN. HIDE.
If you want to get into the film industry, and need some basic education, go to LACC (Los Angeles Community College) for next to nothing - and get a far better education than this place. If you can afford LA Film School, then you should be going to UCLA or USC.
But even then:
If you want to get a career going in Hollywood, mostly what you need is a car and a desire to work. Start out as a production assistant (aka a runner). That's how Kathleen Kennedy started - and more than half this town, to be honest. On "Raiders of the Lost Ark" she was a production assistant. On Spielberg's next film, "E.T." she was a PRODUCER.
You cannot learn to make films in a school - you need - MUST - learn by doing, in the field, working with professionals.
And one thing you will not find at LA Film School are any "professionals"....Uh, check that, there are "professionals" since they are run by professional CON ARTISTS who are good at TAKING YOUR MONEY.
Having said all of this, I have met and seen many "LA Film School Alumns" and their work. For the most part you'll see better "films" on YouTube - this "school" teachings nothing, and gives nothing.
Everyone I have interviewed for work with "LA Film School" on their resume have shown themselves to be utterly clueless. "LA Film School" on a resume is more like a "warning symbol" meaning "woah! don't hire this guy!".
Seriously. I'm more likely to hire someone with no education and a willingness to work and learn, than someone without enough sense to see that LAFS is a rip off. For what they charge, you could buy a whole RedOne camera setup and FCP editing system.
Sadly, they will probably stay in business, as people with more money than brains drift into Hollywood, chasing a dream.
If you really want a film education try:
LACC (for a cheap introduction, and a better shot than LAFS, lololz)
It is said to be run and owned by an attorney Diana Derycz and her hedge fund manager Mr. Kessler. I guess anyone can open a school and hire people to teach at it and be successful. You just have to have the money to do it and obviously a lawyer and hedge fund guy had that money.
Judging by the dates of these other comments, I might have agreed that LA Film School was horrible.
However, the "owners," Diana (now Kessler) and whomever, have significantly upgraded their staff of teachers and adjusted the curriculum to better suit students entering in the industry. Some of the teachers I've had were all in the studio system including; Chief Development Officer for Dreamworks, development exec for Sony, Warner Bros, and Paramount. Amazing editing instructors, directing teachers, writing, production design, lighting... all with significant bodies of work. And you learn all of this using state of the art equipment. Simply put, LA Film School is not the same as it was.
First of all, it's different than any of the other film programs out there, since they focus heavily on production. It also packs more information in a shorter program. If you have no experience going in, then you're less likely to gain as much as someone who has a basic understanding of what to expect UNLESS you work hard, study, and apply yourself.
In my graduating class there were a lot of goof-offs who skated by. I'm not sure what the other film programs are willing to tolerate, but it is conceivable to graduate LAFS and be entirely worthless to the industry. BUT there are also many very, very good filmmakers that are graduating from this school too. So like anything, you'll get out of it what you put into it.
Since I am a graduate, I hope I'm not judged by the industry based on a person's bad experience of prior graduate. Chances are, that person never should have gone to film school to begin with.
Anyway, if you're considering film school, you'll be hard-pressed to find anything that matches their extensive training packed into 18 months.
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