Interviewed in 1969, director Stanley Kubrick was asked: ‘If you were 19 and starting out again, would you go to film school?’
His reply? ‘The best education in film is to make one.’
When Kubrick gave his advice, making your own movie was an expensive venture. Just getting the gear required entailed hiring a van for the camera, tripod, lighting, sound gear and editing equipment. Then there was the cost of film stock, developing it at a lab and getting prints. Even making a low-budget short was a pricey option.