In highschool I took studio courses and eventually a graphic design course in 11th grade. This past senior year I took AP Studio but used digital graphic design as my medium. I've always been a huge film buff, exposed to a wide selection since I was a kid, however because of my chosen course in visual arts, I never took any film production courses. This summer I'm going to Paris for a month through the New York Film Academy to take production classes, and will ultimately shoot 3 shorts on 16 mm. My intentions are to start a film portfolio, and establish whether or not I have an invested interest in the major.
Unfortunately, I opted to not apply to any stand alone art schools. However, if I fall in love with film production after my experience in Paris this summer, I plan on applying as a transfer after next year. Even though I am currently enrolled as an English major with a Writing Emphasis at the college I selected, I will have only completed my GE courses in the first year. If my freshman year grades are superb, I plan on applying for transfer to the top university film schools such as USC and NYU. I would also like to keep my options open, so if you have any information on the top film programs at stand alone art schools, I'd appreciate any replies. Big cities are important to me at the moment (SF, LA and NY come to mind. I'm from LA.) I would also be interested in top film schools internationally, including those in Canada (preferably Montreal), England, Italy and France (American institutions only for the Italian and French schools). Some schools that I have looked into include SVA, Eugene Lang (and Parsons), Academy of Art University and SCAD. As inferred earlier, I also have an interest in creative writing, so a strong program in writing as well as film would be a bonus.
For reference, my highschool GPA was 3.4 at a well known college prep. school. SATs: 1180. Lots of extra-currics. (comm. service, jobs etc.) and many AP's including Studio AP.