How to Get Started in the Filmmaking Industry

Working in the film industry is an exciting career. It is full of fun, hard work, creativity and endless opportunities. Unlike all my friends, when I started, I decided to skip university and get a job in the industry. I enrolled in a 12 month media course and after 3 months I got my first job as a freelance animator.

Fast forward 30 years and I worked in most areas of television and directed on movie sets. I now run a global video marketing business called Girl Director alongside my partner Michael, where we teach the secrets of video marketing to business owners and entrepreneurs.

If you have a burning desire to work in the film industry, there are many doors ahead of you that will lead you there. The first step is to never believe someone when he says it’s too hard to get into the industry. When you want something, go for what you want and never let anyone stop your dream.

Here are some ideas on how to get into the movie industry; My advice is to choose one that resonates with you and go for it!

Film School

Film school is the way most people think of when setting foot in the industry. It’s fun and creative. And it allows you to find what enlightens you.

Benefits – You will build friendships and find team members who can last a lifetime. You will learn history, new techniques and throw yourself to experiment and delve into everything related to film and video. You will meet people who will help you along the way, and you can try a variety of roles to see where you fit in.

Disadvantages- It can be expensive, competitive, and sometimes limited in what you learn. The equipment may be older and does not represent a real movie set. Of course, it varies depending on where you go and what is available in your areas.

Start making movies now

You have one of the best small movie making devices in your pocket right now – your phone! If you want to work in the industry. Find a theme, make a movie and enter film festivals. Learn what it takes, how to plan and how to shoot and edit. Being a good filmmaker requires practice, the sooner you can start making films, the better.

Benefits – You can create anything from a music video to a short film commercial. More and more projects are ending on the phone. You can use your talent and films to market yourself, find work, show people how passionate you are. We are always looking for people with a great attitude and initiative when hiring a team and staff. You will learn more and more with each film you make.

Disadvantages – It can take time if you do not know what you are doing; Find people to help you along the way.

Join a networking group

Being a filmmaker is one thing, but the ability to market yourself and network is another – the best in business knowledge to build relationships. Join a group meeting or movie club to find similar minds. I remember joining one, and it was so important in finding work and connections.

Benefits Learn how to create a network even if you’re scared. Communicating and sharing with people what you are passionate about is a skill that many people do not want to focus on. If you intend to do what most people do not do to move forward. Go out and find similar minds.

Disadvantages – It can be awkward at first, which means getting out of the comfort zone. All your growth will come from going outside your comfort zone. All you need is 20 seconds of courage.

Enter the set as soon as possible

When I wanted to get into the industry, my goal was to find a job as soon as possible so I could study at work and get paid. I wanted to skip the traditional ways, and so I did. The great thing about getting a job on the set is that you learn fast.

Benefits – You get paid to study; You start with real-life experience that can be difficult to do in a school environment.

Disadvantages – You may miss some of the history and the basics. You can also be pierced into a single career if you have no vision or desire to move on from where you started.

TV work

Working on TV is also a great way to earn an income while you are making short films on the side. It can fund your projects and give you a learning foundation. It does not matter which camera you pick up, what exhibition equipment you use, the principles are the same.

Benefits – You can learn many roles that can go into a movie. It can be easier to get in the door and move on.

Disadvantages – It can be hard to get out of the TV and into a movie. Create your own path. There is no right or wrong.

To be an addition to the set

Since there are often hours of waiting for your scene to be filmed, this is the perfect opportunity to watch and learn from the staff. You get to watch a live version of behind the scenes! Behind every video and movie, there is always a great story.

Benefits – You get paid to study; You get to meet similar minds and be in the industry. You can go on big sets and experience what it’s like. Watch and think about how you would do things differently.

Disadvantages – There can be lots of waiting hours on the set. If you are not interested in the subject or connect with people. Take the time to study and read. Use your time wisely.

It’s time to get out there and go for it. believe in yourself. Ask lots of questions, surround yourself with people who know more, and before you know it, you will be on your way. The best thing you can do is get started, it’s exciting to be in the industry!

This guest post was written by Rachel Dunn

Rachel is the co-founder of A managerial girl And has spent the past 30 years behind TV screens in control of all aspects of production as a producer and director. She has developed various projects, been nominated for 2 music video awards, and is finishing her documentary “Through the Elephant’s Eyes”. As a highly talented director and designer, she brings a unique style to all the videos she has created, and attracts millions of viewers online.


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