The first time I ever spent money on “film education” was when I took the Dov Simens course in 2014.
As a high school dropout who went to school overseas, I couldn’t get into US-based film schools because I didn’t have a GED (and frankly, wasn’t very interested in getting one). So, I took it upon myself to “self-educate.”
I watched tutorials on YouTube, read blogs, nerded out on Film Riot, and took online courses - and to this day, my film education continues, it became something of a never-ending journey for me.
If you wonder whether you should go to film school or not check out this pros and cons video.
Success isn't measured by a piece of paper with your name on it, but by hard work and perseverance.
The good news is that the cost associated with this kind of education is always dwarfed when compared with the “traditional” film school experience.
If you choose to follow the standard path of making a few shorts before undertaking your first feature, I think that self-educating would be the best way to get started.
Make a conscious effort to spend X number of hours each week on gathering theoretical knowledge. Watch videos, read articles, read books, etc. Teach yourself to write, produce, direct and edit movies and then go out and make one for the lowest amount of money possible.