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"I learned to take the first job that you have in the business that you want to get into. It doesn't matter what that job is, you get your foot in the door."

~ Wes Craven


"My advice to young film-makers is this: don't follow trends, start them!"

~ Frank Capra






It's Content Not Format, that Counts

Producing, directing, editing, computer graphics, lighting, wardrobe, props, stunts -- making a movie is an incredibly complex process, which is why it takes so many people to do it.

And with the introduction of so many new methods of delivering video content (the Internet, MP3 players, cell phones, etc.), more content is needed now than ever. If you broaden the definition of "movie" to include pieces of any length, down to 30-second commercials, the demand is enormous. We're entering an age when you can't enter a restaurant, post office, hotel lobby or grocery store without encountering video.

So where will all this content come from? Good question. Certainly you can log-on to YouTube and watch hundreds of thousands of hours of video. But setting aside that the bulk of it is simply a re-broadcast of existing material, how much of it is really good?

Just because anyone can set up a digital camcorder in their bedroom and film themselves singing the national anthem, doesn't mean that what they create is worth watching. That takes skill, experience, and a knowledge of the basic principles of filmmaking to achieve.

In the future, more people than ever will be needed in this vital, growing industry. In addition to the existing positions of camera person, grip, set designer, producer, director, editor, etc., will be added a host of new jobs created by the expanding methods of filming, distribution, and sales. For example, you may need a team of people to create different ways of telling the story for different situations: Will some scenes need to be altered, so that they work on the Internet, cell phones, or iPods? And given the ease of sharing video content, we will probably have to invent new and creative ways for films to produce revenue.


But because it's such a desirable field to enter, the competition, as always will be fierce. Two things will give you the edge: experience, and personal connections.

If you're interested in a career in film, learn from the people who know what they are doing. How can you tell who those people are? It's easy: they're the ones who are already succeeding at it. You'll find them working at movie studios, video production houses, commercial agencies -- anybody who is making a living in the business is your best teacher.



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