How To Enter The Fim Industry After Film School
You've just graduated film school and are wondering how to enter the film industry after film school. I am sure right now you are experiencing some anxiety and anticipation to start your career with your freshly printed degree, so here is some advice and resources to help carve out your film career.
- "Its who you know" is not just a saying, it's the truth. One of the most important things to do after film school is to stay connected with your friends and acquaintances you made at school. You never know when you will meet up again and might need their services or visa versa. Use social networking sites to stay in touch and make new connections through sites that help film makers such as ShoutFilm.com. ShoutFilm.com is a completely free and easy community for film makers, no matter their age, experience or skill level. It gives you an opportunity to upload your films in order to get feedback by other filmmakers and you can give them feedback as well. Also, ShoutfFilm.com is connected through the major social networking sites including Twitter, Facebook and Digg so you will be able to receive the latest news and updates.
- One thing is for sure, Hollywood will not be knocking down your door if they don't know you are there. Which is why it is highly important for you to take any job you can get. No matter what degree you have in film school, everyone starts at the bottom of the barrel and have to work your way up. Look for internships, even if the job is being a runner or a gofer, do it. Be a movie extra or try acting in other films your fellow film makers are trying to complete. Be a grip. A cameraman or an assistant. Film is an collaborative medium and no job is too small when you are just starting out.
- There are a few books which come highly recommended in the field of giving inspiration to amateur filmmakers trying to break into the industry. "Rebel Without A Crew" By Robert Rodriguez (director of "Grindhouse" and "From Dusk Til Dawn"), "How To Shoot A Feature Film Under $10,000" By Bret Stern and "What They Don't Teach You In Film School" By Camille Landau (just don't read the cynical introduction about how you just "wasted" four+ years of your life at film school.)
Graduating from film school shows a sign of great determination and passion for the work. You will need both the personal strengths and the technical skills you had in school and apply them in a professional atmosphere. The industry is tough and its why most people give up but do not give up. If your rewards are in the work that you do, there’s never a reason to give up.