The film industry is one of the most difficult places to get started with. It’s very hard to put a foot inside the door. There are a variety of productions and the number or type of professionals working in these productions also varies greatly. The first thing before getting started to find work is to know in which department you are going to work. Try to get into the work which you really and ultimately want to do. Here are the five things you can do to get started in the film industry.
1. Have a professional mindset
Start making films, keep shooting, keep editing videos. Don’t waste a single day not working on a film or the other, regardless of whether you are getting paid or not. Do not be worried about the quality of your film. It will get better. Consistency beats talent every time. By constantly making films, not only you will hone your craft, but also (by posting your work online) you will get noticed by other people. Make films and share. Never feel bad about your work. Post everything that you’ve created. Many beginners make this mistake that they will release only that stuff which is “good”. This is not the right approach. Good work is relative. There’s an Audience for everything. Your target is to show it to maximum people and get authentic feedback on your work. Make your social media exclusively for filmmaking/film editing/cinematography work and share links to filmmakers you would love to work with.
2. Know where work is happening
Approach film & video production companies in your city. All cities have video production businesses for corporate or even for film production. Make a showreel and send it to professional production houses. Cold email is the best form of networking you can do. Keep updating your resume and showreel, and keep sending. No one in the film industry will post a job online. Everyone contacts the nearest available editor or cinematographer. Them having seen your email, you become their recent contact.
3. Prepare for the interview
Do not lie to the interviewer that you know something which you don’t. In the film industry, there are no formal interviews. Interviews are conducted in the garb of discussion. The person will know, through your language, whether you know about your craft. They will see your work and questions on that. Know the tools well, and let them know you are willing to learn.
4. Never ask for work from senior filmmakers.
The best advertisement for you is your work. Keep making/editing videos and keep asking directors for feedback. Don’t ask for work. This is important. Always ask for feedback on your existing work. Everyone is asking for work. You’ll stand out and look like a professional if you ask for feedback, the other person will remember you and see you as someone who’s professional.
5. Be a storyteller, but focus on technique first
There’s no minimum formal education requirement. You need to be a good storyteller and technically smart editor or cinematographer, or whatever department you’re trying to get into. No one will hire you for your artistic sense initially. Your first job will be to help or assist a senior technician. You are expected to be technically suave.
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