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Im sure this question has been asked before....

kathleenfitzxokathleenfitzxo Registered User Posts: 38 Junior Member
edited November 2012 in College Search & Selection
Let me introduce myself first....
I'm a freshman at a small state school in Mass majoring in film production. Right now I am thinking of transferring because the school just does not click with me (Thats another story, lol).
Let me tell you this first: I love film. I love making work that people can admire.I want to be a part of this field for the rest of my life.

But I also love writing. I think that it is the best part of filmmaking for me. It comes natural and it's fun!

SO.. lately, I have become VERY worried on getting a stable job right out of college. I've done endless amount of research on this site and others and cannot tell you guys the amount of times I saw this sentence: "Film majors are useless you dont need it to be successful, waste of $, it won't get you anywhere, you'll be waitressing for the rest of your life."

So here is my dilemma: I want to pursue filmmaking. SPECIFICALLY screenwriting. (This may change, however I am very confident right now)

I ask you, what are some useful majors that can help me put my foot in the door of the filmmaking business but can also be a reliable fallback if things don't work out? I was thinking of English. But I'd like to hear some other opinions.

And if you could, throw out some colleges that come to your mind.

Post edited by kathleenfitzxo on

Replies to: Im sure this question has been asked before....

  • happymomof1happymomof1 Registered User Posts: 25,538 Senior Member
    Learn the technical side. Not just operating the camera and sound equipment, but also rigging and programming, and repairing it. Happykid is a Theatre Tech/Design major. She works constantly as a stagehand. Her hourly wage starts at about twice minimum wage. Her actor pals are all working retail for minimum wage, and have little control over their shifts. Happykid only takes the jobs that fit her schedule.
  • lookingforwardlookingforward Registered User Posts: 24,944 Senior Member
    English isn't necessarily a fallback for film. What's going to matter is the quality of your experiences, technical skills and your ability to manage the various tasks and timelines of production. For writing, it's the actual quality of your work and ability to meet the specific needs of the market or producers. Are you able to get that experience where you are? Are you looking for relevant outside opps? Making contacts is important.
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