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.