Here's my...dilemma. I'm graduating from high school this May, and have been accepted to a university already. It's not purely a film school, like in the vein of Full Sail or the New York Film Academy or anything. They do have a great film program; I visited, and they have a lot of great equipment that the west coast doesn't even have. I'm pretty set on going there. But I know that a degree is generally worthless to this industry. It's typically about who you know and what you're good at, correct? Has anyone heard of Film Connection, filmconnection.com? Tuition is $9,800 for 6-8 months of one-on-one mentorship with a working industry professional near your hometown. So you work with a filmmaker that professionally does what you want to do (for me, it'd be producing). Plus, for those 6-8 months, you're working on an actual set/project; whatever your mentor's working on, you're working on it too. So you make real-world connections on a working set. Which is crucial. So...you can probably guess my question, but here it is anyway: which sounds like the more beneficial to a fledgling producer? Student films don't count as real-world experience, and I'd be spending 2 1/2 years of my life at a real university learning in a classroom when compared to 6-8 mo. on a real project(s). My parents are kinda set on the current school I'm accepted to...and I am too. But I also want to do what's best for my career. I don't want to join the masses of graduated film students that are struggling to find real-world work.