Guide to Getting Started in Filmmaking

To get started in filmmaking, it helps to know someone already in the industry. If you do not have any connections, here are some tips to get you started. When you are a go-getter and have a lot of enthusiasm for your work, anything is possible.

Research and Make Contacts

Busting into the industry is going to take some initiative. You will not get anywhere being passive if you are trying to get into filmmaking. Making connections probably will not be easy. Keep up to date with filmmaking industry specific newspapers and magazines. Know your area, know who is doing what, and know what people are looking for.

Get a Proper Education from a Good School

There are thousands of colleges that have film school options available. You will need to have some experience in film making when you go to try and get a job. Internships are good for this and can really help you get a leg up on the competition. It is important to have some experience when applying to film school. If you have some experience, you may not have to take the basic classes and this can get you on to living your dream sooner.

A bachelor’s degree in filmmaking will help you, but it won’t get you anywhere if you do not gain some knowledge and experience as you go along. Your education can be improved by filming events such as weddings, birthday parties, company picnics and events, bar mitzvahs, anniversary parties and other big events. Put yourself out there!

Build the Ideal Resume

In these days of YouTube, anyone can make a film. Practicing with your friends helps you hone your filming skills. Hosting film debuts out of your house can be something that might impress a hiring agent. The technological age has allowed lots of people to get involved who would not have had the chance to get noticed and involved in film making in the past. That being said, understand that amateur videos will only get you so far. There are professional aspects, such as lighting, actors and screenplays, you must understand. There are a lot of elements that go into filmmaking.

Bone up your resume by taking every job you are offered. Research what type of film institutions are around you, and remember that you cannot be passive. Follow these tips and you should be well on your way to becoming a filmmaker and getting started in filmmaking.