The video and film production business is in a state of relentless flux. There are always new technologies, improved equipment and ever-evolving notions of what’s hip and what’s not. Trends come and go, but CRAFT is eternal.
Of course, it may certainly help you to know the nuts and bolts of san xuat phim quang cao, and even the details of financing and marketing a full length feature film. But that knowledge is not enough to create a successful producer. And to be frank, it might make you for a good studio executive, or other job out of the fray, but you need to develop particular skills, to help you make an independent film.
To be a filmmaker is to have a big picture mentality on a small picture budget. It is tough to stay true to the storyline when you have a bottom line that is keeping you from the production. One of the reasons you want to talk your film up is that, in the beginning, you will need to find a crew. Usually you will have to use talent that is willing to work for nothing (or next to nothing). You may have to act in your own film as well….and write, direct it, and edit it. Do what you have to do to get the film “in the can” and ready to edit.
People often ask me how long it will take before they’ll start to make money in digital film making. That depends on many factors: the quality of your work, your talent and training, the amount of time you spend on marketing yourself and your persistence. You must be willing to market yourself and that means finding clients, agencies and Directors that are willing to look at your work and showreel, and consider you for future jobs. This can take months or even a year or more to do. But it can be done. I did it and you can too.
Lets back up to asking your friends for help again. But this time don’t worry about if they have experience in the film industry. Maybe they have skills that relate to business in general. You might have friends that are good at writing, keeping track of money, running errands things like that. Maybe some of them want to act and need some experience. This would be a good opportunity for them. You may not be able to pay them right away, but I’m sure they wont mind. Most friends will lend a hand if you need it.
I decided that I had better try to learn more about what I was getting into, so I went to Barnes & Noble. A book entitled “$30 Film School” by some guy named Michael W. Dean caught my eye. It cost 30 bucks. Another book by another guy named Jason J. Tomarac looked interesting too. It was called “The Power Filmmaking Kit”. This one cost $39.99. I bought them both. So far, I had spent $700 on airfare and $70 bucks on knowledge. I guess I was fully committed now.
Remember, the film industry is like any other industry. It is like the Manufacturing Industry. It is like the Car Industry. It is even like the Manual Labour Industry. It is just another industry that makes up the job market. Everyone treats it like an invitation only elite community which in a way it is but it doesn’t mean you have to treat it any different to the other industries.
So while hunting for your part time jobs in NYC, consider looking into finding work in the film and video industry. You’ll get to learn great skills that can be applied to many other lines of work, meet tons of great people (some of which might even be famous!), and all while being a part of “Hollywood Magic” and earning a sizable paycheck.