What City Do You Need To Be in To Pursue a Career in Filmmaking?

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But before we answer that... we have some other pressing matters to address.

COVID-19 continues to impact the world and we catch you up on all the ways this has begun seeping into the filmmaking industry. We also chat about getting agents and managers as a writer and/or director, plus a rundown of some grants and contests open for submissions currently, and tech news regarding Sigma and the Sigma fp.

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This episode of The No Film School Podcast was produced by Charles Haine and George Edelman, and edited by Michelle DeLateur

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Some thoughts and perspective on working outside of NYC and LA:

I've worked in Memphis, Denver, San Francisco, Seattle, and am currently working completely remote in Chile for the time being. I mostly do post, but occasionally tackle a production which always involves travel, since most of my work is adventure/outdoors.

The most important thing I'll say is that working in video and film is possible from anywhere. Ambitious, creative people are in all cities, states, counties and countries, but it takes you and your ability to self-identify in a certain area to offer yourself in a role in order to be successful. "I want to make films" is less tangible than "I'm an editor, how can I help."

If you want to work day rates for agencies and production houses, they generally want you physically there. You'll do their bidding on their schedule. It's a challenge to get them to convert that work into remote work without an incredibly stable relationship and workflow, although it is possible. A hard drive will most likely have to be mailed.

Obviously human interaction is always best, but there exist a number of tools nowadays that do make remote post-production work not just possible, but comfortable for all parties. Not all clients need to be present for the post process, and not all editors work successfully with clients there. Frame.io and Vimeo review provide a great place to communicate thoughts and ideas with clarity and a paper trail. Many times, more than that actually complicates a project rather than helps.

I think the best answer is to live in the city that either provides you with comfortable work for the specialization that you're looking for or, if your specialization can be done remotely, create connections with business owners and creatives wherever you are and get cranking.

March 5, 2020 at 7:27AM, Edited March 5, 7:35AM

Neal Barenblat
Owner, Road Not Taken Films

you forgot to add black shirt, three day growth of beard, black horn rims ... for individualists, directors sure like to fall in line with the sheep on the uniform front.

March 5, 2020 at 7:30AM

stephen knifton
owner / creative director

You can be in any city anywhere in the world.

March 5, 2020 at 12:31PM

The Everything Guy

Thật thú vị

March 10, 2020 at 10:58PM

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