Making your own film
As time goes by and the industry changes, making your own film and not relying on other agencies is a good way to go. The technology is there and the enthusiasm is there.
I chose to work with Jewel and Esk not because I had to, but because I wanted to. I was a lecturer there and I knew that the students would benefit hugely from working with professionals and working in a professional environment.
It was risky. It's hard enough making films without being surrounded by inexperience; but Richard, John, Gus and Aaron
made the students so welcome and included that I believe the exercise was worth it.
As to the rest, it was a very a mixed blessing. Colleges are educational establishments not commercial enterprises. Within the inevitable constraints, the college was amazing and I am very grateful to them.
So is it a good idea to make a film with a college?
Provided you are conscious of the limitations and can handle the frustrations, I must say "yes".
Make sure you feed the students!