March 28, 2015

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This week I’m sharing the 5 things that you should do if you want to learn filmmaking outside of film school.

 

 

I’ve been trying to find out what film school has to offer, and then seeing if there’s a way that I can get a similar or better experience without going to college. This video is pretty much my plans for what I’ll be doing instead of film school!

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1. MAKE LOTS OF FILMS

If there’s one thing you take away from this, it should be an understanding of the importance of making lots of films. Use what you have, and do your best to make something that you would like to watch. My first films haven’t been that good, but they are priceless to me, since they were all vital lessons.  It’s all valuable practice, the process of writing, shooting and editing a film, all the way through to after it’s been finished for a few months, and you go back and watch it with fresh eyes.

2. MEET PEOPLE

There are things usually required to get a job in filmmaking. Creativity and Contacts. Even if your work is brilliant, the hard part is getting the right people to check it out. If you can meet other filmmakers and help out on their projects, then you’ll be able to do networking.  The word network implies that when you connect into one part of the network, you suddenly have access to a whole web of people, because everyone you know will know other people! Make those connections and all kinds of opportunities can be found.

3. FOCUS ON CREATIVITY

It’s so easy to get caught up in the technical side of filmmaking. Reading news about future cameras, learning how to use equipment, testing different lenses.  We could argue about the value of all of these things, but in my filmmaking those things haven’t really helped me much.  When I began to start thinking about the actual content of the films I was making, it was like slowly opening a door to a whole new side of filmmaking. In comparison, debating about camera technology just seems like a waste of time! There’s only so many hours in a day, so why not spend them creatively rather than technically, and see what it does for your films.

Check out the video above for the rest of the tips!

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Simon Cade

Filmmaker, and host of DSLRguide. Since I was making my first film age 11, I have always been fascinated by the way films are produced, and the effect it can have on the audience.