August 11, 2015 at 11:19PM, Edited August 11, 11:21PM

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As independent filmmaker how important is specializing in one aspect of production?

As an independent filmmaker -aspiring to make it big in Hollywood-, how important is it to specialize in one discipline of production?
I'm most passionate about editing and post production, but for where I'm now i don't get that many editing gigs, definitely not enough to pay the bills. I'm kind of OK with other aspects of production but I want to be an Editor.
So is it better to focus on just editing and post production or I need to stay flexible to have more opportunities?

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You do what you have to do to pay the bills until you don't have to any more. Just make sure that you are REALLY GOOD at the one thing you want to specialize in, because there is so much competition that only the best people have a chance of succeeding.

August 12, 2015 at 5:35AM

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Guy McLoughlin
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Calling all filmmakers! Upload your work to gowiper.com/video
It's the first inaugural online film festival which will give your work the opportunity to be seen by millions, plus possibly be part of a screening in nyc, and you could win cash and prizes.
Just upload your films at: gowiper.com/video

August 15, 2015 at 4:13AM

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adam
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personally a filmmaker should at minimum understand the task and principles of every department.
But i feel like editing is the easiest place to get into. It's harder to be on a good set. everybody wants to shoot. There's always a lack of people for post.

August 13, 2015 at 6:18AM

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Kazu Okuda
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>>>But i feel like editing is the easiest place to get into.

But being REALLY good at editing is not easy. To be a good editor today you have to be pretty comfortable with motion-graphics and color grading, along with being able to create a good story out of almost any footage thrown your way.

August 13, 2015 at 1:12PM

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Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer
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Hi,

Calling all filmmakers!
Upload your work to gowiper.com/video
It's the first inaugural online film festival which will give your work the opportunity to be seen by millions, plus possibly be part of a screening in nyc, and you could win cash and prizes.
Just upload your films at: gowiper.com/video
Good Luck!

August 15, 2015 at 4:12AM

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adam
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Be a jack of all trades, but a master of one.

August 14, 2015 at 6:03AM, Edited August 14, 6:03AM

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Tom Warwick
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Calling all filmmakers! Upload your work to gowiper.com/video
It's the first inaugural online film festival which will give your work the opportunity to be seen by millions, plus possibly be part of a screening in nyc, and you could win cash and prizes.
Just upload your films at: gowiper.com/video

August 15, 2015 at 4:13AM

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adam
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Don't be a jack of all trades. Save that cliche for another field of work.

August 14, 2015 at 9:19PM

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Grace Snell
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I would say it is not important to specialize, unless you are gifted in an area. As an Indie filmmaker I think you would need to do it all, and anyone hiring you would expect you to be able to do it all. For editing, if you are good at it, I bet you will get discovered soon since I imagine post production is always the longest taking. Good luck.

August 16, 2015 at 5:31AM

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Searean Moon
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Pragmatically, if you're looking to make a living, I'd say: be able to light and shoot interviews, be able to produce a solid narrative, be able to be a good communicator with clients all throughout the process. And frankly, the thing to start with is to find the clients. If you can find a client and communicate well with them, that's half the work right there. And from there you can built towards other production areas as you go.

August 17, 2015 at 7:02AM

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Ben McGinley
Producer / Shooter / Editor
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It depends what you want to do and where you want to focus. You can make money out here as a specialist or a one man show. I know people that are successful doing both. My opinion is that you'll work more consistently and on better projects if you specialize. That being said, I jump at the chance to go on set and shoot.

If you want to be an editor make that your focus and get a job at a post facility. A wide range of skills in post is essential but having a good attitude and working hard will get you further than just being talented.

August 17, 2015 at 10:10PM

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Ronnie Shatto
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