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Let’s admit it. Money and expenses are always central parts to anybody’s decision-making. Film-making may be an investment, but it doesn’t mean that you don’t have to think about how much you’re going to spend. You’ll need to look out for opportunities that can not only give you the learning and skills that you need as a budding filmmaker, but will also make the most out of your money.
Fortunately, there are indeed ways that you can save money or get more value out of your film school budget. Here are some tips on how you can make sure that you’re making the most out of every dollar that you squeeze out of your pocket for your film studies.
Sounds contradictory? Actually, it’s not! In a previous article, we have discussed the importance of a film school’s location in the process of selecting which institute to enroll yourself in. The fact of the matter is, you can actually save more money and make the most out of your budget when you enroll yourself to a school that’s in a foreign country or even a different state. The only expensive parts of going to film school abroad are the plane tickets and the visa expenses.
This is because the costs of living in some countries, or even some cities apart from your own, are lower than what you are spending in your home town. This way, you can get the most out of your budget as compared to staying at your home town where you can only get as much out of your cash in hand.
Besides, living abroad can also be a very immersive and educating experience. These environments are conducive for artistic and creative inspiration, after all.
Look Around for Actual Tuition Rates
No matter which country you decide to pick for your film studies, you will need to look for information about the actual tuition fees. You’ll know how much you’ll need to prepare for your tuition, which is fixed in all cases anyway. While you’re at it, you might want to try and research on the reputation of your respective options so you’ll know which ones have the best education to offer you as a budding filmmaker.
Try to Keep Your Expenses to a Minimum
Finally, you’ll need to learn how to live frugally especially if you’re living abroad for your film school. While the costs of living may be low, you’d still need to stick to a budget. This is to ensure that you still have enough money at hand if ever an emergency arises. There’s nothing bad about partying every once in a while with your classmates at the film school, but try to keep it to a manageable level, money-wise.
These are our three tips for making the most out of your film school budget. There are other ways, of course, to save money on your film studies. These depend on where you’re going to school, your lifestyle, and how creative you are at spending your money not just in your film studies, but in all expenses of your life.
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