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What can I do to be successful in film production?

I´m a sophomore in high school and I have an interest in film producing. I am currently talking theater and journalism. I´m interested in making documentations and small films like that. I have no idea what classes I should take in junior/senior year and college. Should I continue in journalism or theater? #film-production

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Jessica’s Answer

Journalism is a great class to help prepare for documentary filmmaking, but it is also a helpful skillset as a narrative filmmaker. Specifically, journalism teaches you how to thoroughly research a topic and explore a specific point of view when sharing your findings. Every writer goes through that process before writing their script/screenplay.

Additionally, take any creative screenwriting courses that you can find. Sundance offers a variety of workshops in which you can participate that will help sharpen your skills as a filmmaker (https://www.sundance.org/create/overview/workshops).

Read scripts!!! Read as many award-winning scripts as possible so that you can see the blueprint behind some of your favorite films and television shows. There are several resources online including Script Lab (https://thescriptlab.com).

As someone with a theater background, I think that theater is most helpful with understanding the creative process of putting on a show/production or helping actors sharpen their skills.

I hope this helps! I wish you the best on a fantastic career! Go and be great! :-)
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Scott David’s Answer

There are colleges for film production, but right now your best choice would be to get a camera and start making films. Any HD camera will work. Edit on IMovie, or Premier Pro, or whatever method that interests you.


What is important is you start creating now. Don't wait for anyone to tell you it's ok.


Make movies.


Put them on YouTube, Vimeo, anywhere you like. Learn what's important to you, and show that. Find tutorials online, for things you don't understand. Get working, and have fun.


See you at the movies...

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