Famous Directors Who Never Went to Film School


Terry Gilliam

Gilliam has said that he’s “opposed” to film school several times. The Brazil director started his career as an animator and cartoonist, slowly building experience and confidence to step behind the camera. In 2011 he restated his view that experience is the best teacher:

“Film school is for fools. Live and learn how to make films. I didn’t go to film school. I just watched movies in the cinemas. And probably my greater education was actually making films, so that’s all I would ever say: watch movies, get a camera, make a movie. And if you do it enough times, eventually you start learning how films are made.”