It was probably a wise move for Dawson Leery to give up his dream of becoming the next Steven Spielberg. The competition is fierce. Film school programs are hotter than the cineplex on a Saturday night, and getting a ticket to the graduate film program of your dreams is tougher than trying to catch a break at an open call. What should you do? First, get your B.A. While there are some great undergrad film programs in the U.S., the serious student filmmaking is done on the graduate level. Second, ask yourself what kind of movies you want to make.