Not Sure What to Do After Film School? Here's a Flowchart

Which path should a film graduate follow? 

As Todd Solondz recently related to us, film school is a paradox. It can be superfluous—it's too expensive, and equivalent experience can be accrued on set—but it is also the nexus of many successful filmmakers' careers.

For those who did decide to take the plunge, the decisions to be made after graduation can be daunting. There are many varied paths to choose within the industry, and none with a prescribed trajectory to follow.

To help create a framework for the recent film school graduate's decision-making process, MovieMaker Magazine identified some possible careers—VR innovator, indie auteur, commercial director, festival director, agent, TV showrunner, studio head, cult arthouse owner, adult film producer—and assembled a flowchart.

Of course, these don't represent the full spectrum of opportunities in the film industry—documentarians, distributors, producers, editors, and cinematographers are absent, to name a few. But the flowchart does offer some valuable insight into the factors that should (and will) influence the directionality of a career in the film industry. Differing motivations, such as the drive for money, original expression, social justice, or wide-reaching audiences, will set film graduates on distinct career paths.

Credit: MovieMaker Magazine

Do you agree with the implications of this flowchart? Let us know in the comments.     

Top photo credit: Shutterstock

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After Film school.. you write shoot edit and submit to film fest... then stick it on amazon.. then repeat..

July 18, 2016 at 3:33PM

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Alfred Cox
Writer / Director
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Well said bro

October 12, 2016 at 10:26PM

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subhakar tikkireddy
FilmMaker
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Great thought bro.!

October 1, 2019 at 1:36PM

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zyla
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Like Mark Duplass says: "The cavalry isn't coming." Create your own path till you are the cavalry.

July 19, 2016 at 4:35AM

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Thanks Emily for the great diagram - The best option in my opinion is Never-Before Seen, which ending in Virtual Reality Innovator.
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Mildred

July 20, 2016 at 12:09AM, Edited July 20, 12:09AM

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Is it me or the girl in the photo looks like a combination of Kendall Jenner and Emily Ratajkowski?

July 21, 2016 at 8:28AM

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Gustavo Garcia
Cinematographer
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This is as useless as film school

October 12, 2016 at 11:28AM

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RaJu
Writer/Editor
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Why is 'Make a difference' in quotations? The tone behind these are so condescending. There's nothing wrong with your parents supporting you. Wanting to be financially successful isn't a bad thing. The only way you can become a showrunner is if you've either a) had a part time job reading scripts before you've graduated or b) you've had enough money to pay for your course before hand and you like to write scripts. You're destined to be a festival director if you've buttered up your professor or drank a lot of booze. Righto.

October 13, 2016 at 5:17AM

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Rebar
Director
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If you are someone who is confused after finishing your film school about what to do and is lacking any kind of guidance in making your career in the film industry, this article is solely for you. This flowchart will give you an idea what to do in order to achieve what is in your mind.
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March 14, 2018 at 11:03PM, Edited March 14, 11:03PM

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Alex Paul
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please follow the diet and reduce your weight. https://theproanatips.com/

August 15, 2018 at 11:44PM

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Meh, this chart is super limited. How about people that just want to be a Cam Op or AC (like me)? Or work in G&E or art department, etc.

October 17, 2019 at 10:25PM, Edited October 17, 10:37PM

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Zach
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October 17, 2019 at 10:33PM, Edited October 17, 10:39PM

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Zach
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Thanks a lot.

January 26, 2021 at 6:16AM

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