01 Dec A Career in Filmmaking
There are a variety of roles you can undertake as a filmmaker, whether you want to do everything or if you want to specialize in a particular area such as screenwriting, or cinematography will affect the types of opportunities that will be available to you. If you are an aspiring filmmaker there are a number of things you should be aware of.
Sending out Resumes:
Keep your correspondence short and relevant. Include a short, professional cover letter that gets straight to the point and gives the recipient a clear picture of why you would be suitable for the role. Only include job information that is relevant to the position you are applying for, that will just distract from the relevant and useful information. You can, however, include uncredited but verifiable work that is relevant to the position.
Go to events:
Attend any and all local film events that you feasibly can. Becoming a familiar face at screenings and fundraisers is a great way to open the door to an assortment of networking opportunities. Remember dress and behave appropriately to make a great impression on anyone you meet. Have business cards or contact information on hand in case you need it.
Volunteer to work for free on films as an intern. This will help you to make contacts and gain valuable experience. You can approach productions that are both offering formal internships or who you believe may be looking for interns to broaden your opportunities. Try to keep your unpaid work to a maximum of three weeks for a project or organisation to ensure you are not being taken advantage of.
Filmmaking courses such as screenwriting courses can be a valuable source of information and formal qualifications. However, hands on experience can mean substantially more in the long. Courses can improve your early chances of getting your foot in the door but don’t spend a fortune on unnecessary qualifications that are not accredited.
Send your work in to be reviewed for feedback. A lot of major organisations provide feedback to people who send them their work for review. Receiving feedback gracefully and taking action on problem areas of your script or completed film is important to growing as an artist and creator. Only send your work to a trusted person or organisation, and also retain the master copy and dated proof of intellectual property.
Don’t pester people:
Networking and seeking opportunities are crucial to succeeding in filmmaking but so is knowing when to stop and pull back. Pestering people is one of the quickest ways to destroy your career before it even gets started. While some people in the industry will admire a person who is driven and ambitious, others will get annoyed and effectively ruin your chances of future success.