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Things I wish I knew before I went to Film School

January 2023 | Katie Whitmire

The Things I Wish I Knew Before I Went to Film School, Part 1

It's been almost three years since I graduated from film school. I've had a lot of time to reflect on my years at university and the most impactful aspects of my time at school. However, I was so terrified going into my first year of film school. I had no idea what I was doing or where I was headed. However, after the growing pains subsided and I got more comfortable, I had so much fun at school and I am so happy with the experience I had. This is part one of a two part series that will focus mostly on classes: the good and the regrets.

Take classes that scare you, or that you have no experience in

My goal with filmmaking was to allow myself all the skills and tools in order to make films as independently as possible, however I completely looked over the opportunity to learn about coloring, sound design, and other incredibly powerful tools in post production. Maybe it was fear that I didn’t take these classes, but I wish I would have taken less producing classes and more classes in post production especially in editing. Obviously, hindsight is 20/20, and when I think back, the classes I wish I took were aspects of the filmmaking process

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