Film School - A Practical Guide to an Impractical Decision

04.08.2015 13:18

Film School

A Practical Guide to an Impractical Decision

By Jason B. Kohl

© 2016 – Focal Press

Develop the tools you will need to succeed before, during, and after your film school education.

Film School: A Practical Guide to an Impractical Decision is a specific, straightforward guide to applying, getting into, and thriving in film school and in the industry in general. Not only does this book appeal to both prospective and current film students, it also features an in depth discussion of the application process, both from the graduate and undergraduate perspectives.




You will learn how to choose between different schools and programs, avoid debt, succeed at festivals, and transition out of film school and into the work world. Author Jason Kohl offers:


  • Tips on how to develop your voice before attending film school

  • A chronological layout that allows you to continually refer to the book throughout your film school process

  • Advice on how to gauge the cost of attending film school

Whether you are a recent film school graduate, or just starting the application process, Film School gives important advice and insider knowledge that will help you learn and grow in the film industry. Film Schoolis a must-have for anyone who wants to know what it takes to succeed in film school and beyond.

Develop Your Voice; Do Your Research; Apply; During Film School; Minimize Debt; Practice Your Craft; Build Relationships; Craft an Exit Strategy; Life After Film School – Some Final Thoughts

Kohl is a filmmaker with an MFA in Directing from UCLA. His UCLA Thesis Film "The Slaughter" played SXSW, BFI London, Locarno, and Ann Arbor and was a finalist for the Student Academy Awards. Filmmaker Magazine called it "a masterfully directed story." Drawing on personal experience, Film Schoolis a resource he wished he had in applying to film schools and beginning a career as a young filmmaker.