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Film School by Jason B. Kohl

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Chapter oneMinimize Debt

If you are interested in applying to film school, and do not have significant family or personal wealth, or a full scholarship (some exist), it’s likely that you will graduate in significant debt.

What does significant mean? For graduate directing students, even at a public school like UCLA, it often means well over a hundred thousand dollars.

If you’re an undergrad and your parents are paying for college, don’t breathe too easy. Filmmaking is a challenging financial choice, and the skills you will learn in this chapter will serve you well as you chart the path to your filmmaking career. Take heart: financial planning and understanding is a mandatory skill for any successful person.

In non-directing majors, your debt ...

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