How do you become a filmmaker?
Becoming a filmmaker is not an overnight thing. We see a lot of people try and fail and then, unfortunately… give up. They see all these stars creating encapsulating movies then when it doesn’t work out they stop and decide it wasn’t for them, yet! They have the burning desire within them. Here is a little guide to assist and help build confidence and accept the knockbacks.
Every step is a learning curve. Even the top directors are still learning: Stephen Spielberg, Christopher Nolan, James Cameron and Martin Scorsese.
You should check out their first pieces of work. It will give you the inspiration to continue the journey. Enjoy all the wrongs and you’ll be a much better filmmaker. Check out Nolans first breakthrough short film here and now look where he’s at.
Firstly we recommend a form of study. Whether it’s an evening course, a 3 year bachelors degree or a weekend course, it will give you the basics to get started with. Studying the basics will give you an understanding of what you want to focus on and an all round understanding of the film world.
2. Gain experience
Offer to work for free or expenses as a runner. Gain that on set experience and after a few non paid roles you’ll soon be offered a paid runner job. Make sure you are punctual, flexible and most importantly a great attitude!
3. Don’t buy the most expensive equipment!
You can make a cool film without a high tech Hollywood style film camera! Just take a look at “Tangerine” an incredible film – our top rated, reasonably priced camera review can be found here: The Must-Have Cameras For 2020.
4. Enter film competitions
Enter film competitions whether it’s a screenplay, a student film or something you and your friends have put together – make sure you enter it into a competition. It’s one of the best ways to get noticed as a newcomer. One important thing to watch out for is scammers, so always use trusted sites like FilmFreeway and do your due diligence!
5. Don’t go it alone.
Make sure you attend gatherings, workshops and start to talk with other filmmakers – maybe offer a helping hand and you will receive many offers back to assist you with your work. We find sites like Shooting People are great for this. Plenty of meet ups and offerings and a year long membership is very affordable.