I AM THE DJ (2014)
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Anonymous said: I would like to be a filmmaker but film production is really expensive and can't afford it. I love Richard Linklater because he didn't go to film school to be a director and that inspires me. I just need connections. But frankly it will take years for me because I'm clueless. I can draw but I would like to combine both. But I will take writing courses because it's always essential.
The best thing to do would probably be to spend your free time/resources developing a portfolio of camera work, editing, etc, so you can apply for entry level jobs (and always remember to ignore the ‘three years experience’ requirements) and meet people that way. And taking a few courses for things you need to learn (writing ofc, maybe some tech stuff) is always a good plan, and another way to meet people, without needing to spend all your money on a full degree.
There are so many potential starting points for a career in film. For example, my sister went to a small drama school in a small town in the middle of Nowhere, Alberta, got in tight with her professors and is now being recruited for miscellaneous extra/crew work on independent films (tho she’s probably gonna pursue theatre directing).
I also knew someone who went to school for engineering, and became a cinematographer because he knew how to use a camera and decided to apply for a job as a camera operater on a commercial for fun and a break from engineering. Now he travels around shooting footage for various projects from documentaries to reality tv shows to real movies.
Good luck Anon! I’m sure with research and time you can figure out the best way for you to break into the business :)
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Anonymous said: Is film studies worth it? What can you do with that degree?
Well no. The film critic market is nonexistent because of the internet, and you don’t need a degree to get into filmmaking, you just need connections and a portfolio. If it’s worth it at all, it’s just to meet people, and even then, you’d want to go into film production instead tbh.
Unless you really want to be an academic and spend your life writing books + papers and teaching film studies to other university students, or you’ve got a free ride and you want to learn something fun, it’s not worth it at all imo.
Sorry to be a debbie downer here lol, I’m a little bitter about past me’s bad decision making.
Anonymous said: Are you in college?
Not currently. I did go to uni for five years for a slow and lazy film studies degree, and now my dad is teaching me his trade (taping) so I can actually have a decent job and pay off my student loan debt some day.
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