What Is The Best Way To Become A Filmmaker?

By Arun Fulara. Posted on April 13, 2016

Lot of people keep writing into us from time to time asking something similar. They are young, in college (mostly stuck in engineering) & want to find a way to break into films. They've watched a lot of films, feel passionate about the craft & don't know where to begin.

Should we join a film school? How do we get started?

We've often found very useful responses to such queries on Quora & have shared them with you (here, here & here).

Someone asked a similar question on Quora, 'What is the best way to become a filmmaker without having a degree?'

Here's a very practical answer by Marcus Geduld to the question.

"By grabbing a camera (you probably have one in your cellphone) and making a movie. Don't wait until you have lots of money; don't wait until you've been hired by a production company. Just make a movie. You already know how to do it: point a camera at something and film it.

Think a movie shot with your iPhone doesn't count as a real movie? Well, there are other people who are more passionate than you who disagree and are already filming. Even when doing this sort of thing was much more difficult, it's amazing how many famous filmmakers, like Martin Scorsese, started out making small, cheap films.

Your first movie may not be the best movie ever, but that's not the point. The point is to learn by doing. So after you finish making that movie, make another one that's better than the first one. Then make another one that's better than that.

You live in the first time in history when anyone can make a movie. So take advantage of that and make one."

Here's another answer to the same query. This is Ken Miyamoto, a screenwriter & a former script reader.

"There is no such thing as a college degree in directing.

You can achieve a film program degree. You can receive technical training. And I'm sure somewhere, maybe there really is something called a directing degree, but make no mistake, it doesn't truly exist.

You don't earn your "director badge" until you've gone out and started directing films. That's your degree. You don't have to attend a college. You don't have to attend a technical school.  You just have to go out and do it.

Surround yourself by talented people. Create a relationship with a talented Directory of Photography, Editor, and Sound person.  Those are the core individuals that you will need to make your projects great.

Learn the technical aspects of directing for sure. It's a craft. Learn it. Do it in college, a technical school, within a film community, learning from books, trial and error on your own, etc. But you don't become a director or overall filmmaker until you start making films and honing your craft.

A college degree doesn't make you a director or filmmaker. Making films does."


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