If watching movies is simply not enough for you and you want to get hands-on and start making your own, pursuing a career as a film director is definitely a step in the right direction. Although it is a very tough industry that can take years of hard work and dedication to break into, nothing beats the feeling of seeing your very own work showing on the big screen. If you have creative vision and are willing to put in the hard work and the time needed, here’s how to launch a successful career as a film director.
As if you didn’t need any more excuses to watch more movies, pursuing a career as a film director will definitely require you to do just this. Watch as many movies as you can and study their smallest aspects – which could mean that you’ll need to watch the same movies over and over. Watch movies of different genres, even if it is something that you would not normally choose to watch. Try to count at least fifteen to twenty errors in each movie you see – this could be acting errors, storyline continuity errors, or even editing errors.
Experience is the one factor which will spring you into this industry, so it’s important that you start making your own short films which you can use in your portfolio. Whether you make films on your iPhone camera or buy a full filming kit for an even better picture, what really matters are your vison, along with the quality of the film. Get your family and friends together to star in your films and by doing so you will learn about the technical aspects of being a director – you’ll soon find that it’s not quite as it’s often portrayed to be. Along with making short films, you should also try to get as much experience as possible with the other aspects, such as acting, writing, and editing. This will help you to get a much more rounded view of the role.
Although it’s not usually an essential requirement for film directors to go to film or media school, doing so can really help you to launch your career. Attending a learning program or even completing a degree course will force you to gain more experience, plus you will have much more access to film crews and networking opportunities than you would if you were going it alone. Film school will give you access to internships, workshops and more importantly access to some big names in the industry who may be the key to launching your career as a director. If you cannot get access to a physical film school or are unable to commute, you may want to look into online degrees in Chicago, where you’ll have access to all the information at your fingertips.
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