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Joe Abbott <[log in to unmask]>
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Sun, 11 May 1997 02:39:41 CST6CDT
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I don't know a lot about NYU (except that it is one of the "big 3" US
film schools, but I graduated from USC a couple of years ago, so I
can tell you a little bit about USC and UCLA.
First, I was not a production major (I was critical studies), so my
info comes from the student-guide that USC hired to give the campus
tour. She told us that USC is generally regarded as the best school
for those filmmakers interested in visual sophistication and that
UCLA is the best school for those interested in depth of content. I
worked on some student film projects while I was out there, and they
were pretty sophisticated but shallow story-wise. So, as far as I
could tell, what the guide said was pretty accurate. BOTH schools,
however, have *excellent* facilities, excellent teachers, and BIG
pricetags. IMHO: If your strength is in story content and you want to
develop that aspect of filmmaking, you may want to consider UCLA. If
you're interested in extremely cutting-edge visual effects, you may
want to consider USC. On the other hand, NYU may excel in both
aspects. I hope you hear from someone who can tell you more about it.
Good luck --
Date sent:      Sat, 10 May 1997 00:00:51 -0500
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From:           Hadley <[log in to unmask]>
Subject:        Film Schools
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I am interested in attending film school at USC, UCLA, NYU, or Columbia
University.  Can anyone help me sort out the subtleties that separate
these schools from each other, as well as which are considered better
than the others?  For instance, I heard that USC is geared more towards
preparation for a Hollywood career and NYU is more artsy.  This is
information that no school pamphlet will contain yet is invaluable in
making the best choice of school.  Also, does anyone know of an
objective rating of the UNDERGRADUATE film programs (perhaps a top ten
list) that specifically recognizes #1 school, #2 school, etc.?
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