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What are some necessary things you need to pursue filmmaking/writing?

I am interested in the career, however I don't know what a director needs to make a film great. I am dedicated and a perfectionist, and like to make things the best quality before releasing them to the public. Are there other things you need, or should I hone the skills I have now for the future? #director #writer #film-making #films

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Katelyn’s Answer

Sofia,


The best way to learn is to get active, get involved. Shadow a director, it could be a professional or instructor at a school, just ask. Another way would be to find an internship that matches your interests or a volunteer opportunity. Getting involved in a school's media production, film school, or theater could be some ideas to explore as well!


Good Luck.

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Colby’s Answer

The number one thing I can say is to try and fail. No one who starts out is good at writing and directing, no one. It takes practice, it takes just doing it over and over again. Take classes, join workshops, find other writers to read your work and read theirs. But the most important thing is to just keep doing it. Write something, direct a table read, hear it, then rewrite it, edit that, get more eyes on it, rewrite again. A good script will normally be rewritten or edited 12 times.

The other thing, get thick skin. It is a tough industry built on relationships you can form. There will be rejection, there will be failure, there will be times you want to stop. But keep going and keep putting it out there. And reach out to people to learn. There are dozens or projects happening all the time, there are posts for PAs and lower roles. Sign on, do the grunt work and learn how a set works. The biggest thing is connections, make as many as you can and foster them.
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