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    I am a media student at college who is considering studying film at university (as well as other things such as television, digital media, advertising/marketing, editing and post production...).

    The problem is, I don't watch films! For a long time I believed that I didn't like watching films because it's quite passive and I like doing stuff, however I have now realised that I do enjoy watching films at the time but I still don't do it enough, maybe twice a year? I have also realised that I don't really retain any of the plot/storyline and if asked afterwards what had happened, would struggle to tell you. I think the fact that I have no one to go to the cinema with (I have friends but they don't leave their houses) also puts me off, and I can't watch films at home as I'll get distracted. The cost too, but a cinema was recently built near me which is quite cheap, so I should probably start going there, with or without company.

    I find that when reading course specification, that I am not interested in courses which involve theoretical study of films, genres, eras and directors and I currently don't know anything about it.
    I also struggle to come up with ideas for films (ones that I consider "good" anyway) but I do enjoy the actual production and post production processes.

    My question is, are these reasons not to study film at university? I think maybe.
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    The average debt a student leaves Uni with is £44,000. Its an important decision.

    A film degree is specialist. Part of getting on the course will inbolve persiading them you will make a good student and you have a motivation to study the subject.

    It doesnt sound convincing at all. You dont watch many films, you dont enjoy them and they dont make an impression on you? It will be very difficult to be good at a subject if you dont like it or the product. I dont think you should sign up for a course until you know you really wnat to do it rather than wander into it becayse everyone else is. Take a year or two off. You will only get funding for a degree once. Dont make an expensive mistake. Go and get some careers advice.
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    (Original post by 999tigger)
    The average debt a student leaves Uni with is £44,000. Its an important decision.

    A film degree is specialist. Part of getting on the course will inbolve persiading them you will make a good student and you have a motivation to study the subject.

    It doesnt sound convincing at all. You dont watch many films, you dont enjoy them and they dont make an impression on you? It will be very difficult to be good at a subject if you dont like it or the product. I dont think you should sign up for a course until you know you really wnat to do it rather than wander into it becayse everyone else is. Take a year or two off. You will only get funding for a degree once. Dont make an expensive mistake. Go and get some careers advice.
    I understand what you're saying, however I'm not sure that you've fully understood what I have said.

    I specifically said that I DO enjoy films, not the opposite and I do enjoy making and editing filmed content. I don't think the struggling to retain information is films not making an impression on me, I think it's just my brain. I do like watching and creating films - I just haven't watched many. Also, by theory I think I meant history. I've never been taught about film history and am not sure that I would enjoy it.

    Does anyone know of anything (subjects, jobs, courses...) which involves filming and editing but not actual films?

    PS: I am not wandering into anything because anyone else is. I am considering these subjects because they are of interest to me and I ENJOY THEM!
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    As a person who does watch a lot of films then its not coming across that you have much of a passion for them and on that basis I wouldnt start a course , unless and until I knew it was the correct area. You cna easily catch up on film history, even at a lower level to appreciate whats been done and how it has developed. Most films wont be at the cinema. It will be harder for you to be good at your job if you dont understand and appreciate the product. If you just like the technical and mechanics of filmaking, then you probably need to check the course syllabus to see if it has the correct emphasis to suit you.

    There are plenty of degrees on film and media production.
    http://creativeskillset.org/search/3433?tags[]=Film+Production+degrees&tags[]=&tags[]=
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    (Original post by NatCx)
    I am a media student at college who is considering studying film at university (as well as other things such as television, digital media, advertising/marketing, editing and post production...).

    The problem is, I don't watch films! For a long time I believed that I didn't like watching films because it's quite passive and I like doing stuff, however I have now realised that I do enjoy watching films at the time but I still don't do it enough, maybe twice a year? I have also realised that I don't really retain any of the plot/storyline and if asked afterwards what had happened, would struggle to tell you. I think the fact that I have no one to go to the cinema with (I have friends but they don't leave their houses) also puts me off, and I can't watch films at home as I'll get distracted. The cost too, but a cinema was recently built near me which is quite cheap, so I should probably start going there, with or without company.

    I find that when reading course specification, that I am not interested in courses which involve theoretical study of films, genres, eras and directors and I currently don't know anything about it.
    I also struggle to come up with ideas for films (ones that I consider "good" anyway) but I do enjoy the actual production and post production processes.

    My question is, are these reasons not to study film at university? I think maybe.
    Hey there!

    Any clues on where you'd like to study?

    We are in London and next to the O2!

    Check our BA (Hons) DFP course

    If you are interested in film and work in the creative industry then check us out Click Me

    Good luck
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    If you ask me, you will always find content in a course that you don't want to do. I know you said you don't like the editing part of film, but it wil come in handy, knowing how to do it, and how the process of post-production works. If you are wanting to go into the film industry in some form, it will be knowledge you will need, as it will be a massive part of budgeting for a film, and there would be many meetings discussing how it is to be edited specifically, whoch depending on your job, could be part of what you have to do.
    I start my degree in Digital Media in Sept. and not all of the content is for me, but I'm not going to pass off a course because 2 modules don't suit me. Sadly you have to do some stuff you don't like, but it will be worth it.
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    Hey there!

    Any clues on where you'd like to study?

    We are in London and next to the O2!

    Check our BA (Hons) DFP course

    If you are interested in film and work in the creative industry then check us out Click Me

    Good luck
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    As someone who studied a media course that also had filmmaking embedded in it, I agree with poster above who say to really think about your choice. I watch films all the time. If I have no one to go to the cinema with, I buy DVDs. If I don't have the money, I'll find a website to stream a film from. As a filmmaker you have to love films. You have to know films. You will study films. You will contexulise them, analyse them, theorise them...look at the meaning based on history, the choices of the director and their social impact. When you are eager to learn all that...go and study a filmmaking course.
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    If you're going to study film at University level, I would recommend you start watching more films. Perhaps see what's in cinemas and if anything looks appealing to you, go and see it.
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    I think you should talk to someone at your college as discuss you strengths. If you're interested in producing video content, why not consider Broadcast Journalism or a media production course. If you choose Film Studies, you will have to watch a lot of films and critique them using film theory. I hope this helps
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    Hay dude I hope im not too late. I actually have the same problem as you. In fact I don't watch films at all but I do like to record films. I think the first person who replied was as a bit of a douche! Dude first of all believe in yourself and your ability. secondly if you recognize this could be a problem to get into the sector that you want, why not start to invest in watching films. Yes! Go out and spend a little bit of cash an watch a few movies, study them. Or maybe "film" specifically is not what you should be looking for, look into documentaries or whatever. If your starting point is 0 you can always make a step to get to 1. Hope this helped man. Sorry if I misunderstood anything.
 
 
 
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