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Do you have to go to film school/get a degree in film to be a movie director?

Do you need a degree in film or do you just go out there and call yourself a director (okay, maybe not exactly, but is there some other important process if you don't need a degree)? And I'm not talking about indie films or short films... I've already called myself a director for that stuff. And if you DO need a degree, what's the best film school to go to? I'm thinking UCLA but they don't offer scholarships. Any other ideas? Thanks!

Asked By: - 9/3/2012
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Short answer: No. You do not need to go to film school in order to become a movie director. Steven Spielberg is a film-school reject and still became a director despite not having a degree in film... More
Answered By: Skylark ♥ - 9/4/2012
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Has nobody taken you aside yet and told you the odds against you ever being a "real director... More
Answered By: PE2008 - 9/3/2012
 
a lot of directors started out as actors. you need to know how things work, you can't just run out and get hired as a director because you think your one. having a degree is not going to be a guarantee of anything.
Answered By: R K - 9/4/2012
 
As said above, you don't need a degree, but experience and the right techniques are key. Make sure you are accustomed to new technologies that are being used. You'll be amazed by the softwares available these days. I am not sure if you have heard about Edictive. I was particularly amazed by this cloud based film... More
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Answered By: Taylor - 9/4/2012
 
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