1) Can I Become a Professional Filmmaker?

First of all, if you have a camera and desire to make films, congratulations! YOU ARE A FILMMAKER. The next step is to make a living as a professional filmmaker.

The good news is that turning your passion into a profession is within grasp. The film industry is massive and positions are vast. There are several ways for you to make a living making films.

The best Hollywood and independent filmmakers come from all backgrounds. Some have a Masters Degree in Film or Directing such as Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, and George Lucas, whereas Quentin Tarantino, P.T. Anderson, and David Fincher have very little formal training at all. Everyone takes a different path. You need to decide which path is right for you.

The first, and most difficult decision you need to make is what role within the filmmaking process best utilizes your talents and abilities. There are many roles you can consider – director, producer, screenwriter, editor, grip, actor, cinematographer and more. Each position is vital to creating the film. Learn what each position does. In fact, work at each position to learn which one you enjoy the best and excel at the most.

The easiest way to decide which role you will have is to do them all. You can do this on your own or by attending a film school or college that gives you the opportunity to have hands-on experience in all aspects of making a film. Whether you decide to pursue that particular position or not, the experience you gain by doing it will only improve your filmmaking abilities. Knowing how to do everyone’s job on the set makes you a more valuable player and allows you to get the most out of each person you work with on set.

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