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For the overwhelmed new person who is fairly new to everything in this field where would be the best place to start?
First of all, I've only been at this for around 8-9 years, so while this is what I do for a living, I also feel like I'm just getting started, so this is just my opinion after a few years of doing this.
1. The most important thing when I first started was to find someone to mentor me. I met a guy who was a working professional who mentored me, employed me, and is still a great friend. Easily, it was the most important, educational, and helpful thing I did when getting started.
2. Find work. Not necessarily going out and starting a freelance video company, but working as an assistant for a production house, or the multimedia department of a college, or the marketing department for a local company. Even if means doing it on an unpaid basis. Being around people who do it for a living + being intentional to ask to be involved and try to learn from them leads to more education than you'd believe.
September 19, 2014 at 6:06PM
Two years ago I went on CraigsList -- the crew section and offered a guy that had a Film School degree to partner up. He does all the creative work, and I act as the project manager -- finding scripts, actor booking, etc.
I do productions only on the weekends, but 2 years later I think I got myself up to a film school level graduate.
September 23, 2014 at 7:07PM
It all depends on what you want to do...
What aspect of film-making are you interested in ?
Do you want to make films for fun ? Or do you want to make your living doing this ?
Do you want to know the technical side of things ?
Do you want to write and tell visual stories ?
Film-making can be as small or as big as you want to make it, and most of it you can learn without having to go to film school if you are prepared to do the work to get there.
September 24, 2014 at 5:02PM