Top Tips for Getting Started in the Film Industry

BECOMING a movie maker has never been easier since the invention of digital technology. As there are no ‘official’ movie making courses as such, getting started can often be confusing for the newbie. But like most things, if you know where to look, you can be up and running pretty quick with the basics.

Film making doesn’t require a ‘DEGREE’ as such, and is more a trial and error industry where you learn on the job.

1) WATCH MOVIES

The best way to get started is to actually watch lots and lots of different movies. Buy DVDS, go to the cinema, and rent them. However, you need to be paying more attention to the filming of a scene rather than the characters, and the plot, although, all three of these are entwined in the movie making process.As Academy Award Winner Martin Scorsese said in one of his autobiographies, he didn’t go to film school, he just went to the movies.

2) BUY BASIC FILM COURSES ONLINE

If you are just interested in the basic the best way to get started in the industry is to buy a basic set of courses that are available online. These are not expensive, and are a good grounding to get started. These courses will often show you what type of equipment you will need as an independent movie maker. But with the invention of digital technology, you will be able to get started on a shoe-string budget.

3) FILM SCHOOLS ONLINE/OFFLINE

IF you are looking to get ‘hands on’ with making movies, then film school is an option, but they can be expensive, and sometimes, forking out hundreds is not always the best option. Many of the best movie makers actually started their careers with little or no ‘certified’ training, as was said by all the great directors, making movies is about creativity, knowing what techniques will work best through watching as many movies as you can. There are a couple of good film schools online, that don’t break the bank.

Deciding where to get started is a minefield, but it is just a question of finding a method that is right for you.

Rich Heritage of Indian Films

Indian film industry is one of most popular industry that serves as a vehicle to showcase cultural, moral, and social beliefs. Since centuries Indian films have been recognized worldwide for their excellent direction, great script, superb acting, outstanding choreography, and heart warming songs. The early movies ushered in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, and Bengali language but now the entire gamut of language and culture is heard and reflected in Indian movies.

Indian film industry, also known as Bollywood, has its origin in the city of Bombay which is now known as Mumbai. The city is considered to be a hometown of many popular actors who have made a special place for themselves in the hearts of millions of people around the world. The city of Mumbai gave birth to the rich heritage of Indian films on July 7, 1896 when Lumiere Brothers screened six short films. After the success of these films, many more foreign films invaded India.

Over the period of time the industry witnessed huge changes and development that further led to the first Indian-made film, Raja Harischandra, in 1913. This great film was produced and directed by Dadasaheb Phalke who took the industry to new heights. Thereafter, many other films were introduced in this era and were based on mythological, devotional, and historical concepts. Amazingly, all these movies were silent movies, movies without words, where the actors used to express all through their actions.

Over the period of time, this source of entertainment became more and more popular and people started taking interest in the film industry. Later in 1931, movie Alam Ara was released that was the first Indian talkie, the first Indian movie with sound. This movie created a new benchmark in the industry and pushed to the growth of Indian cinemas to great heights.

The 1950s is considered to be the golden era of Indian films, a period that saw the emergence of great artists including Raj Kapoor, Guru Dutt, Meena Kumari, Madhubala, Dilip Kumar, Bimal Roy, and Satyajit Ray. Along with these great artists, some of the most recognized singers, composers, directors, producers, scrip writers, and choreographers created some of the best movies that are still known to be popular among the masses.

Later on, in the 1970s, some of the great superstars like Amitabh Bachchan, Tanuja, Asha Parekh, Shabana Azmi, Smita Patil, Om Puri, and Nasrudin Shah entered the film industry. These great artists have carved their own niche in the golden heritage of Indian films. Gradually, more and more movies were introduced as a source of entertainment and subsequently religious films in various Indian languages were making their presence in the industry.

Further ahead, the industry also witnessed the entry of romantic films in the 1990s. This entry of romance and love in the movies rejuvenated the entire industry. It was a time of mixed genre that was infused with the growing technology. The infusion of movies and technologies was explored by the present day artists like Shahrukh Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Madhuri Dixit, Sridevi, Kajol, and many more. With this, a new wave of film makers began to release variety of films of different subjects.

Today, with pride and honor, Indians can say that the iconic Indian film industry has passed through 11 decades of entertainment that encompass a range of mind blowing songs, beautiful locations, talented artists, and love in the air.

About The Hollywood Film Industry

The Hollywood film industry is an amalgamation of technological and commercial institutions of filmmaking. It generally consists of film production companies, film studios, cinematography, film production, screenwriting, pre-production, post production, film festivals, actors, directors, and film personnel.

Today the Hollywood film industry is positioned across the world. In this 21st century, the major business centers of filmmaking are concentrated in United States, India and China. Hollywood is a district in Los Angeles, California that is situated in west- northwest of Downtown Los Angeles. Due to its fame and cultural individuality of movie studios and movie stars, the word Hollywood is often used as a connotation for the cinema of United States which is popularly known as the Hollywood film Industry.

The history of the Hollywood Film Industry probably started in the hands of D.W. Griffith when the Biograph Company sent him and his crew. They started filming on a vacant lot in downtown Los Angeles in early 1910. Soon the company decided to explore new territories to find that the region was quite friendly and enjoyable for shooting.

Therefore, Griffith filmed the first ever movie shot in Hollywood. The title of the film was “In Old California”. The movie company then stayed there for months to shoot several of their films and returned to New York.

Starting in 1913, this wonderful place came into the limelight when moviemakers started heading to the west. The first feature film made in Hollywood was called ‘The Squaw Man” This resulted in the birth of Hollywood Film Industry.

Nestor Studio, founded in 1911 was the first movie studio in Hollywood. Fifteen other small studios also settled in Hollywood. Gradually, Hollywood came to be so powerfully associated with the film industry that this term began to be used as a synonym for the entire industry.

During the time period of the first World War, Hollywood become the movie capital of the world. Previously mentioned, Nester studio became the Hollywood Digital Laboratory. By the year 1950, music recording studios and offices began moving to Hollywood, though much of the movie industry remained there.

The world famous Hollywood Walk of Fame was constructed in the year 1958 and the first star was placed in 1960. The Walk of Fame was placed as a tribute to the artists working in the entertainment industry. It is embedded with more than 2,000 five pointed stars featuring the names of celebrities, as well as fictional characters.

Self-financing Hollywood Historic Trust maintains this Walk of Fame. The first star to receive this honor was Joanne Woodward. The artist received a star based on career and lifetime achievements in motion pictures, live theatres, radio, television, and music.

The famous Hollywood symbol, originally read Hollywoodland, was constructed in the year 1923 as an advertisement of a new housing development. The sign was left to worsen until in 1949 the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce repaired and removed the last four letters.

The sign located at Mount Lee, is now a registered trademark hence cannot be used without the permission of the Chamber of Commerce.

The Hollywood Film Industry can be called the Mecca of film industries. Though geographically it is located in Hollywood, it resides in the hearts of millions of film lovers and film related personalities. Hollywood remains and will remain a king, without a scepter.