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    My ambition is to go on to work in the film industry. I've been making short films since I was younger although my progress is a further reason as to why I desire to work in relation to filming. Of course, I realise becoming a film director is a big achievement to even think of at this stage but I'm willing to begin from the bottom like becoming a PA in order to build my way to the top. I might possibly want to attend film school but I am unsure about this at this time.

    Later on this year I am going to be choosing my A-Levels and I thought I'd ask for suggestions on which three subjects will allow me to enter the world of filming despite starting from the very bottom. The subjects I had in mind were Media Studies, Film Studies and Photography. Please let me know what you think as well as giving other suggestions and advice!

    Thanks so much.

    I know very little about the film industry, but I would have thought more traditional subjects such as Geography and English Literature would be useful. The three A levels you mentioned sound very similar (particularly MS and FS), and I'm not sure that's a good idea. Suppose you end up not going into the film industry, for whatever reason. Your A levels won't help you with much else that I can think of. You could also find it boring/quite hard work doing three so similar. IMO it's a much better idea to do more traditional A levels, for a number of reasons.

    1) They're the building blocks of everything else. If you're good at Maths, that will help you in practically every career, particularly in uni applications etc., including film.
    2) A background in analysing texts and studying the modern world (EL & G) could come in very handy in the film industry (?)
    3) Taking more traditional A levels says more about your academic intelligence. I wouldn't have thought that not taking film-related studies would automatically bar you from film school, but that's only a conjecture.

    So, I wouldn't do those three, for the reasons above, but if you're really passionate about filming then taking one - or even two? - might be the right thing for you. I'd say just be aware of the pros and cons and make sure you know what you're doing and aren't just choosing those three because they seem most directly related to filming.

    Hope that helps!

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