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
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.
As Michelle said, this industry is very tough to get into but that shouldn't discourage you by any means. It takes more than just skill but also a lot of drive and determination and the ability to stay positive. Getting an education from a film program cannot hurt in any way and that list provided by Michelle has the best schools but even if you don't go to one of those programs you can still break into the business (I went to a college not on that list and was able to find TV work within my first month of graduating).
As for becoming a director, you will want to learn all areas of production as possible. Start creating short films as soon as possible. The top film major who graduated alongside of me started making parody videos on youtube his freshman year, and upon graduating received a writing job for one of the late night talk show hosts. Learning how to edit, write, and produce will also go along way for your career as you will better understand all the areas that go into telling a story on screen. Also get involved in any clubs and organizations that involve production or storytelling. The best film majors in my program worked on the school TV station, were part of an improv troupe, or a member of the film society. Surround yourself with creative individuals and keep practicing and you will do great.
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.