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Where to get started?

Ever since I was a kid I knew I wanted to make movies. In high school I started writing short films and enjoyed it a lot. As I continue to write I want to film them but don’t have the people to help. Where do I get started on filming my scripts and where can I find people to be in my film?

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Samuel’s Answer

Hi Diego,

I've had a few friends growing up who were very into producing and being involved with film making. School clubs and groups are going to be the easiest way to find people who want to help your film become a finished production. Of course, when finding a group to get together with should always be done with supervision or at least telling someone close to you what is going on.

Also, remember film making today can be done on your smart phone using simple ring lights from Amazon. Everyone has to start somewhere!

Starting a Youtube channel (with advise/supervision if under 18) can be a great place to post your films and be seen, long or short, and someday be utilized as your project portfolio for launching your career! It'll also help you get used to using the video editing software used by movie companies, you can usually find some pretty great free options out there.
Thank you comment icon Thanks Samuel for your response! I actually did make a YouTube channel for my films and got good amount of views on them but I stopped filming cause the people I originally worked with moved out of state and I lost my actors. I don’t know that many people who are willing to act or interested in helping me out. I have a nice camera for film as well as other equipment I may need. I’ve been invested in this since I was 13 years old, I am now 20. I’ve taken classes and have been practicing with adobe premier for quite sometime now. I’m pretty resourceful but I just don’t have those connections or people. Diego
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Ashlynn’s Answer

Hi Diego!

I think it's great you are following your passion and wanting to get into the Film industry! I am not sure if you are in high school or college at the moment but as for your question, you can start by buying a film camera (or even using your phone) and start by asking friends and family to help with filming scenes. You can also put a post out on social media asking people if they would like to be apart of a short film. You will be surprised at how many people are willing to help upcoming people in the industry. Another thing you can do is start taking film classes at your local community college. From there you will be able to make connections with other students wanting to be in the film industry and they can also help you with filming your scripts.
Thank you comment icon Thank you Ashlynn, for your response! I’m currently in college(online), I have taken film courses and I do have a really nice camera for filming. I would post on social media asking for help but I don’t know many people who will be willing to help cause they’re not interested in acting or the industry. That’s where I hit a wall cause I want to work with people who are willing to work with me and follow my direction. Diego
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