Famous Directors Who Never Went to Film School

It’s an exciting time to be a filmmaker. The Internet has extended the reach of budding directors, and the best technology is at our fingertips, inspiring people to carve their own path in the film world. Still, come September, many people wonder: “Should I go to film school?” Surprisingly, there are many famous directors who ditched the classroom and found their footing in Hollywood a different way. Here are ten filmmakers that took an alternative route to the big screen.


Quentin Tarantino

“Trying to make a feature film yourself with no money is the best film school you can do,” Tarantino told students during a master class at the Cannes Film Festival. After dropping out of acting school, Tarantino honed his craft by paying obsessive attention to movies. Working at a video store during the 1980s helped, too. “When people ask me if I went to film school, I tell them, ‘No, I went to films,'” he once remarked. “When you have tunnel vision, when you have very limited interests, you know, you better pick up a lot. I wasn’t interested in school. I wasn’t interested in sports. I was only interested in movies.”