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What field to study to make movies?

I'd like to write and direct #movies but I don't think I'm going to go to film school, I think I can study it online and by books, but I do wanna study in college because I am interested in human psychology and culture, so I was wondering what major is best to get to know humans and how they behave and how their characters develop and evolve, because this is very important for #screenwriting . What is the best major for this?

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Chris’s Answer

I teach in the film school at Arizona State University and I have a student doing exactly this - Getting a degree in psychology and minoring in film with a focus on screenwriting. Story is one thing, but understanding people is what makes a good screenwriter.

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Pankaj’s Answer

You can get a degree in Film Production, Digital Film Making, Media and Music. You can get a B.Sc. degree with emphasis on technical side of the film making process. BA is another course with focus mainly on creative aspects.

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Dave’s Answer

Hi Leane, I respect that you're avoiding film school (expensive) but still realize the importance of studying - and as you point out - studying people is perhaps the most important part. You need to develop empathy and hone your ability to to walk in the shoes of people/characters from walks of life other than your own. To do so, I would suggest reading and studying novels (English major) or playwriting/theater. Psychology also sounds like a good one. Maybe a smattering of all three would be best. As a writer/director you need to be curious about everything, so I would take a range of subjects in college - especially in areas that you know nothing about. Don't focus only on film classes. A business class might actually help you become a better indie filmmaker and realize the need to have a specific consumer/audience in mind. At any rate, I can tell by your question that you're smart and savvy and off to a great start. Best of luck!

Thank you comment icon Thank you so much for your helpful answer! Léane
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