5 Things FILM SCHOOL Won’t Teach You

5 Things FILM SCHOOL Won’t Teach You

What are some things that film school won’t teach you? We’re often asked if it’s worth it to go to film school, so Film Jams is highlighting 5 filmmaking tips that weren’t learned in the classroom.

There’s a big difference between learning how to do things in a controlled classroom environment versus going out into the wild and making your own film. Our team learned these tips the hard way, so you don’t have to! Things you probably won’t learn in film school. Losing hard drives, losing money to shady distributors, and losing locations are just some of the things that you may have to deal with that film school won’t prepare you for.

One thing that was a big help in getting our last film distributed was going to film markets and talking to sales agents. We met a film sales agent when we attended Cannes two years ago, and they told us that that year they were looking for family-friendly, holiday films. Because of that, we wrote and shot “Elfette Saves Christmas.” Knowing what films are more marketable can be a major leg up if you are looking to distribute a film.

Another tip is to set a date for things, even if you may not have them entirely planned out. Sometimes it is hard to self motivate, but it can be as easy as giving yourself a deadline to complete something. Even if you don’t have all your locations, or even the script entirely, sometimes all it can take is setting a date for shooting to get you moving.

Another way to motivate yourself and create new content is entering a 48-Hour Film Contest or another short film contest. The 48 hour is fun and beneficial because you will have a movie made after just a weekend. 48 hour films are their own little film schools of trial by fire !

Making local films in small cities is another great tip for filmmaking. Often times smaller cities offer incentives for films to be made there. If you would like to learn more about local incentives in St. Petersburg, FL, visit

Check out the other tips and things that film school won’t teach you in our video!

If you have any questions on the techniques used in this review video, please send a note in the comments. Thanks for watching 5 Things FILM SCHOOL Won’t Teach You, in our Film Jams series!


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-Sigma 18-35mm 1.8 –

-Canon C300 –

-RODE Wireless GO –

Other equipment we use to film:

-Canon C100 –
-Canon C300 –
-Canon EOS R –
-Sony A7III –

-Canon 24-105mm – (main interview)
-Canon 100mm macro – (product shots & CUs)

-Sachtler –

-Sennheiser MKE600 –
-Sennheiser 416 –

-Litepanel Astra 6x –
-Kino Flo Diva LED –

-Profoto Beauty Dish –
-Profoto D2 500 Strobe Kit –
-Canon 5D mkIII –
-Profoto Air Remote –


Filmed on location at: in St. Petersburg, FL

Special Thanks to the St. Petersburg Clearwater Film Commission Digital Creator Program

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