The only advice I can give you is this: College is unnecessary if you want a job in the film industry or want to write scripts.
The entertainment business is basically the only one with no front doors or entry level positions. You have to know people, get lucky, or both to make it. But of all things, you have to work hard and have faith
I went to Film School (in fact, Nick and I met each other there a few years back). But not because I thought it would help me get a job in the industry. I went because I knew I already had the desire and natural instinct, but wanted the technical knowledge of the craft to go with it.
So, all that said... it's always a good idea to go to school and get some kind of degree, just in case. But I would suggest you find a school with some typ eof Film program, preferrably one that is hands-on. Learn the technical stuff and the basics of the craft. If your heart is into writing, that's great. No books or courses needed. Simply find 4 or 5 scripts out there (probably different genres) of films that you appreciate. Read the scripts, and study them. Then, sit down and write the stories in your head in your own style.
I don't want to sound trite or cliched, but the truth is... all you need is what you have. At least in the film business, where all of the "success" stories are made up of people falling into 2 categories:
1) The "lucky" few who make it via hard work and preserverance.
2) Phonies. Usually people who get in simply because they know someone.
Just keep the faith and plug away. There are probably many more Hollywood "success" stories than we're lead to believe, especially if you account for writers.
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[This message has been edited by Carl Cunningham (edited 01-03-2000).]