February 16, 2015 at 12:45PM

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24 years old and just figured out i want a career in film

Yea it took me that long, but recently i truly realized there is nothing more I'd rather do with my time. Basically all the experience i have is viewing film, but i want to be able to partake in the making of movies; whether it's directing, editing, cinematography, etc. I have signed up at a community college for an intro to TV/ Film production class. I am also in contact with a few people about Production Assistant jobs. Anything else you recommend I do to soak up as much information as I can ( 1 month until class starts)? I don't want to waste another minute of my time, as I feel I'm already pretty late to the party haha.

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Shoot and edit as much stuff as you can now, whether it's with a iPhone or cam corder, doesn't matter the quality of the video now, you just want to practice the process. Reaching out to volunteer for indie films, getting an internship, etc, these are all valuable ways to learn the craft, good luck and get out and do it.

February 16, 2015 at 2:59PM

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Mitch Riggin
Director, cinematographer
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Check to see if there are any Indie film makers where you live, as they are always looking for people to help them with their projects. Hands-on training is always the best in my book.

February 16, 2015 at 4:28PM

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Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer
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how would i go about "finding" indie film makers?

February 16, 2015 at 4:39PM

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tom k
Film Student
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>>>how would i go about "finding" indie film makers?

A lot depends on where you live and what's happening in your town. You basically have to look everywhere, and might even have to post an ad about what you're looking for if you live in a small town. ( i.e. new film student looking to work on Indie film projects )

A few places to start are...

mandy.com : Lots of paid and freebie commercial and Indie work

raindance.org : Lots of film related courses and events ( including a meet'n'greet event once a month )

indiewire.com : Everything related to Indie film production

stage32.com : Lots of film related courses and events

meetup.com : Usually has a few film making groups

craigslist.com : there are a few film related sections

February 16, 2015 at 5:08PM, Edited February 16, 5:08PM

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Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer
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Wonderful advice! Thanks for sharing!

Tameka Norris

February 17, 2015 at 11:26AM

thanks alot everyone

February 16, 2015 at 6:10PM

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tom k
Film Student
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I think I said this before in reply to another post, but you might check out your local community channel, if your city has one. They train you to use their equipment, you get to try everything (producing, camera, audio, editing, titling), and they're used to working around day jobs or school.

February 17, 2015 at 1:15AM, Edited February 17, 1:15AM

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Minor Mogul
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I was still living in the dorms of my Air Force base at 24 with plans to transition out. Now, 4 years later, I've got a beautiful wife and my business Church Films is in Beta. Keep at it. Take constructive criticism in stride and push through the negativity the world will hurl at you. Have fun man!

February 17, 2015 at 9:06PM

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Watch all your favourite films back to back and listen to the commentaries.

February 18, 2015 at 12:09AM

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Zachariel Shanahan
Writer/Director
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The biggest piece of advice in filmmaking is learn by doing.

By all means read the textbooks, take the courses, suck up as much information from blogs and youtube as possible and then put it to the test practically.

Only once you start shooting and editing fun little videos you make for your own sake will you start to truly learn it.

Here's an example of something fun I shot on holiday with some friends that taught me a lot about editing, lighting, lensing etc.

https://vimeo.com/93133778

February 18, 2015 at 5:38PM

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Bennett Johnson
Director
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Yes, read and watch a lot :D :P

February 19, 2015 at 6:27AM

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Ragüel Cremades
Film producer and director
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I had the same issue. Two years ago i made my first intro to tv programme. Year ago I started working as an editor in news agency. In this year I have some bigger plans :)
The point is in constant self improvement, reading, learning your tools.

February 27, 2015 at 5:48AM

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Martin R
Editor
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