If at all possible while you are in school make time for a survey of film class. My favorite discussed motion picture from its inception through the Hollywood studio years and on into the 1950’s. The focus was on pioneers and innovators within the film industry, such as Griffith, Chaplin, Keaton, Lang, Von Sternberg, Sturges, and Ford. The course introduced us to the techniques and aesthetics of filmmaking, as well as major styles and genres. Above all else there was an emphasis on the skills necessary to critically analyze films.