Hello and thank you for your nice comments. So…I went to the liberal arts college of a large university and double-majored in art history and Romance languages. I knew some people from the ‘film studies’ major (which, from what I could tell, was basically a ‘literary criticism’ curricula grafted onto cinema history), worked at a ‘cool/indie/bullshit’ video rental shop throughout college, was on a weekly film review show for the university’s radio station, and assisted on two student films.
My knowledge of the actual curricula of film school, on the other hand, is pretty much zero. I could list some canonical films and books I’ve read that *I* think might make a good ‘primer’ for studying films, but I have no idea if a film school would recommend the same watching and reading. I was trained as a historian and linguist, thus my general reading recommendations might differ from that of a film school. So unfortunately, I can’t give you much advice.
I can, however, refer you to salesonfilm, who *did* go to film school (or was a film major, or something), is very articulate, and could tell you all about this topic (just don’t say anything bad about Buster Keaton in front of her).