Film school is for getting a post secondary education... ie: a piece of paper. That paper is a foot in the door. But that's it. I've heard good and bad experiences. I had a very good experience. My wife had a nightmare. But in the end, there's nothing that you can learn in school that you can't teach yourself at home... and you will learn it faster at home. The net is filled with every course and tutorial for free. And all jobs in the field, are learned in the field.. school will give you only a rough background or starting platform.
If you want to be a cameraman... shoot things with a camera, then try to edit them together. You will become a camera person. (always learn the job that follows the thing you want to do and you will become great at your job.) If you want to direct, learn to shoot. If you want to write, learn to direct/act. If you want to act, learn how to direct.
If you want to edit effects-play with the tools. No school will teach you how to edit effects. This is learned by hands on playing around with the tools. Learn by doing.
An education will only show you what's possible, it won't teach you anything on how to do it, That's all learned by doing. Good teachers will tell you this front up. They can guide.
If you want to go to school, ask your school for something before you hand them ANY money. Ask for 5 emails of students in the previous class, and five emails from students in a class from 5 years earlier. This is so you can contact them for a review of the program. if the school isn't willing to provide this- DON'T GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Any legit program will easily be able to provide this, and will want to provide this. Any program that doesn't... don't give them your money!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Those exclamation marks are purposeful. Bogus campuses are everywhere. and film students get shit education. I know students who went to the Center of Arts and Technology for two years of film school- and never got a single class on script writing. (although it was listed as a course in the itinerary). I've met graduates of film who didn't know how to line up a basic shot. I've met students with a 2 year diploma with only 10 hours of digital edit time.
My wife took a Digital Multimedia design course- That had no courses on WEB design- I shit you not! Even though they had 3 courses outlined in the itinerary. She had to self teach herself everything the whole course. And because showing up for class was compulsory, it actually interfered with her learning as she learned better at home with online tuturials than she did at school.- where the teachers would play movies in class from youtube. (not course related movies) She took a design course, but taught herself all the editing/flash/3D design stuff herself. She has more TV and film credits than any of the students who were taking film at the school. Although she dished out 28000, she's completely self taught.
My experience was excellent, but my teachers told me first day- you will only get out of the course what you put in. My course was two years and cost $4800. But while my TV and Radio instructors were two of the best educators I had ever encountered, my first journalism teacher was the worst educator I'd ever encountered. So even my good experience was mixed. My course was good because we did a production everyday, and put out a TV show every week. Doing makes you learn faster than anything else. All a school really does is provide you with the equipment and tools to learn... you only learn by putting in the hours and teaching yourself, by doing, making mistakes, and having successes.
You can save yourself money by just buying a computer, a camera, and some programs. Its all cheaper than tuition... but if you put serious time in, you'll come out with the same education, but minus the debt, and already owning the equipment the students dream of having.
If you bought yourself these things and entered every single filmfight with the intent of winning, you'd be a better film maker in two years than 98% of the students coming out of the schools. Film students might make 3- 10 small movies in two years, as opposed to one every week or two. Doing is the only way to learn this stuff. Hell, if you used nothing but a cell phone camera and Windows movie maker, you'd be a better film maker after entering every single filmfights competition in two years than most film school students.
If you are lazy, this is not the industry for you, this is an industry for self motivated people who will work night and day on their goals. If you're not willing to do this during the education period, then the workplace will eat you alive.
It's better to try and screw it up then never try at all.
I'm not a film fighter, I'm a film lover.