TOP 10 TIPS FOR SUCCEEDING IN FILM SCHOOL

TOP 10 TIPS FOR SUCCEEDING IN FILM SCHOOL

You’re starting film school and looking to pursue a career in the film and video industry.

BY FTIHEDU.COM

1. Start Shooting Immediately

students usually have to take a full year’s worth of basic classes before they can start shooting film and video projects.

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2. Volunteer to Help Out on Shoots

One way to develop your skills early on is to volunteer on projects other classmates are working on. There’s a lesson to learn on every shoot.

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3. Use Your “Film Student” Card

Happy to show film students their studios. Find people in job roles that you may want to be in and email them.

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4. Become Friends with Actors

Don’t make the mistake of asking your roommate to be in your student film. They will inevitably lose interest and your film will show it.

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5. Don’t Get Bogged Down with Theory

Go shoot a film project, critique it, then shoot again. Being in school allows much freedom to explore and create – you may never have that same flexibility again.

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6.  You Need More than A ‘Traditional’ School

Having a college degree doesn’t guarantee you a job, especially in the film and video industry. You will need more than classes.

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7. Specialize in Something

There’s a reason why Hollywood blockbusters require hundreds of people with very different, very specialized skill-sets.

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8. Learn Software Early

Having knowledge of post-production software is an extremely marketable skill that potential employers may consider.

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9. Look for Gigs Outside of School

Being in film doesn’t mean you have to work on only school related shoots. Look for shoots happening in your city or region.

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