In addition to the diplomas, the qualities to integrate an education such as that of the CinéFabrique, the Fémis or the Kourtrajmé Film School are the qualities expected by the profession: desire, taste for exchange, cohesion.
Three questions for Claude Mouriéras, director of CinéFabrique
Since its foundation in Lyon in 2015, the film school has been on the rise. Training in three years, in image, sound, editing, screenplay, production, the CinéFabrique is distinguished by an openness to the diversity of backgrounds and by a spirit of “cooperation”.
La CinéFabrique advocates a great diversity of student profiles…
We are the only public school with no degree requirement and we have about 60% of the scholarship holders, from the Sciences Po graduates to those without a baccalaureate degree. Our competition is intended to be non-discriminatory: the idea is not to show what we already know, but what we can do. We are looking for a will to do and a team spirit.
“We are putting ourselves at the service of the profession by opening the apprenticeship period in eleven months.”
In the third year you practice a work study, while the cinema sector is hesitant to do so.
It is true that producers are sometimes vulnerable and do not always want to commit. That’s why we’ve set up a group of employers that hire the student and then make it available to a company that needs it. The other pitfall of work study can be the arbitrary recording schedule: we put ourselves at the service of the profession, opening the work study period in eleven months and adapting the pedagogy for each, thanks to modules in “e-learning” . And we accommodate students who want it for free, to avoid paying double rent when they leave for work.
What are your upcoming projects?
The most important is the opening, in 2023, of a CinéFabrique in Marseille, based on the same model as in Lyon. In addition, to meet the needs of the industry, we want to open a set building section and a visual effects (VFX) section. And the questions of citizenship and ecology remain essential, with the rehabilitation of our premises, the organic canteen where the vegetables are peeled every morning by the students and the empowerment of everyone in the establishment.
“I’ve always watched a lot of movies, but I didn’t know where to go after high school. I even started biology college before I found the means of expression that suited me: visual effects. At Art FX we first learn the artistic basics, through painting, sculpture and the fundamentals of cinema. Then we get a grip on the software, and from the third year we really blossom artistically with visual effects. The training is intensive with a huge amount of work to be done over five years. I was recruited right out of the gate by studio One of Us, who had seen my creation of a realistic orangutan in my graduation film, “Vegetable”† A dream ! Because this studio is human-sized; I can learn new techniques there without specializing immediately. †
Close to professional associations, this structure has conducted a study this year with dozens of schools and recruiters on initial training and its suitability to the needs of the sector.
What do cinema employers require from schools as a matter of priority?
They are sometimes contradictory, preferring the education of large public schools, but saying that they prefer experience and motivation over diplomas when recruiting! For example, young people without education get a chance, provided they find an internship to toughen up. However, in production administration or management, a diploma course is necessary.
Public courses are therefore always one step ahead of private courses.
Yes, the Fémis, Louis-Lumière or the Gobelins are always references. University courses are also considered to be of good quality, although their lack of projection on the reality of the professions can be a drag. On the private side, there are many schools, for some serious, but unfortunately also pension fund savings, whose goal is profitability… Beware of the integration percentages shown by the institutions, not always reliable. The most important is the recognition of the diploma by the state, the equipment made available, the connection with the professional world, the quality of the follow-up of the internships, the network of alumni…
Is there an imbalance in the training offer?
There are probably too many realization courses compared to the actual number of functions. On the other hand, there is a glaring lack of specialized training in artisanal crafts, especially decor, but also costume or makeup. In terms of production, distribution and management. In general, work-study programs will develop, even if it is still too slow.
Before making a major reform of its training or even its competition in 2023, La Fémis is making progress in terms of openness and diversity, reducing the first round of the competition and developing its La Résidence program. This one, aimed at young people from a modest background with or without a diploma, but who have already developed an amateur practice, goes from one to two years full-time, with the creation of a short film in the second year. The city of Cannes is developing its range of film courses. The campus of the University of Côte-d’Azur, called Georges-Méliès, was inaugurated last October. Equipped with recording studios and film sets, it is home to the private audiovisual school Esra and the university research school Eur Creates, which offers training in dubbing, writing or sound design and screen music.
ENS Louis-Lumière (sound, image) In Saint-Denis. Free. ens-louis-lumiere.fr
the femis (ten education departments) In Paris. €438/year. femis.fr
University of Aix-Marseille Satis department (cinema and audiovisual master) In Aubagne.
€ 243/year. satis-sciences.univ-amu.fr
Ensav (production, sound, image, decor, computer graphics) In Toulouse. € 243/year. ensav.fr
24 by ArtFX (production) In Lille. 7,500 to 8,500 €/year. twenty four.school
3iS (production, image, sound, editing, script) In Élancourt, Bordeaux, Lyon, Nantes. 8,280 to 9,300 €/year. 3is.fr
Koutrajme . Film School (script, direction, production) In Clichy-sous-Bois/Montfermeil, Marseille. Free. cinema.ecolekourtrajme.com
sec (direction, production, editing) In Paris 12e† €6,230 to €8,230/year. esec.edu
Esra (direction, image, production, editing) In Paris, Rennes, Nice, Brussels. 7,920 to
University of Paris-8 (master direction and creation) In Paris. € 243/year.
EGA (screenplay) In Paris 14e† €1,400/year. ceea.edu