September 23, 2017 at 9:05AM


Balancing filmmaking and school

Hi everyone!
I recently started at a Uni that is vaguely film related, but in no way film school. I also just moved out, and I'm living on my own for the first time in my life.

While living on my own is an exciting and mostly positive experience for me, I find myself having a bit of trouble finding time to make films. How do you guys balance making films and the other aspects of life? Any tips for me to keep up filming when I'm almost always busy?


Any vacations coming up in the next few months? Maybe you can start developing an idea for a short film which can be shot and edited during the Christmas holidays. If you plan ahead, this gives you plenty of leeway in regards to your tight schedule to develop a concept idea and work out all the pre-production elements from now till then. If you want to take it a step further, then start looking at student film festivals happening after the new year, that way when you finish your film you can start putting your name out there and applying to festivals. Hope this helps! Best of Luck!!

September 24, 2017 at 8:38AM, Edited September 24, 8:38AM

Elmoutasam Aziz
Chief Learning Officer

It might be good to think of the reasons why you're busy and see what you can do about that. Otherwise, think of very small pieces you can make in a short period of time. Just do a bunch of those rather than one long project that may not get finished. Time management and discipline to set aside time could also work.

September 25, 2017 at 9:53AM

Gareth Ng

Hate to say it but you will NEVER have more free time in your life than at university! You have a ton more time than you had in highschool- maybe managing it is the issue?

My advice is wake up early to write/shot list etc. No one is up to text you, social media isn't being updated and you will indeed have energy (I wake up at 5am to work before my nine to five.)

I went to school full time while playing a college sport on scholarship (3 hour practices 6-7 days a week) and worked two part time jobs. I dropped out of school to work, but I def had more time to make films while I was in school!! I was like you and did not go to film school (I studied photojournalism). Tell your friends the short films are for your class haha that's always worked for me.

October 6, 2017 at 1:08PM, Edited October 6, 1:10PM

Molly Kath Lewis
Writer, Director, Editor

Thank you so much. This is one of the best pieces of advice I've ever gotten!

Thomas Bunink

October 15, 2017 at 3:01AM

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