What is the best path to follow to become a film director?
I am interested in directing movies. I was wondering what the best path to follow was to become a film Director. Is it to go to film school or to begin working in the industry as a screen writer or another job in the film industry? #film #director
Michelle Jubilee Gonzalez
Michelle Jubilee’s Answer
1st - you must LOVE the art of storytelling. This is not an easy industry to break into and one must have an unstoppable spirit, vision, and patience to stay in the game.
2nd - it would be a great benefit to go to a reputable school (New york film academy, or check out this list by the Hollywoodreporter: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/top-25-film-schools-united-721649)
- Start writing/directing your own short films and/or webseries...The more you practice your craft, the better you get at it.
Rinse, lather, Improve, Repeat.
A lot of it revolves around working your way through the market and taking all of the information you get as education. The best way to get plugged into the film industry with out formal training is to network. Film festival such as Cannes and SXSW are great ways to meet people who can help you start your journey. Just make sure that you have your best portfolio pieces available at all times.
If you want to start out by submerging yourself in the industry New Orleans, LA is ranked as the number one location for movies in 2014 (based on some great media tax incentives). It is a great place to start working on movie sets and again...network.