How to Become a Filmmaker

There are many ways to make a movie, but becoming a filmmaker is more complex. A filmmaker is like a painter, sculptor, poet, novelist, composer, playwright, conductor, and theatrical director -- all rolled together.

You cannot suddenly become a Rembrandt, Michelangelo, Shakespeare, Tolstoy, Mozart, Ibsen, Bernstein, and Orson Wells.

You can go to film school and learn the theory and work in the film industry for decades before you get close to mastering the art form; but most people do not have the patience. It takes a lifetime.

There are many shortcuts. Filmmakers begin as cinematographers, writers, producers, editors and even as actors in television series. However, their films lack the artistry of the great filmmakers that achieve their skills through a more comprehensive and in-depth approach to learning the craft of making movies. Most of the time, the vision of such filmmakers comes from personal or professional experience.

Many architects, engineers, financiers, lawyers, agents and entrepreneurs get into the movie business, but they seldom become good filmmakers, because their approach leads to imitations.

Many wealthy or well-connected filmmakers gather around them prominent members of the film industry, typically Academy Award winners, and proceed to make fairly good entertainment; but they seldom achieve their own unique vision as artists.

All these approaches to becoming a genuine filmmaker lack the most essential factors of what constitutes the art of filmmaking. To become a filmmaker takes years of systematic learning and correct practicing of the techniques of filmmaking.

There are no schools to teach this and there is no consensus as to what is the most efficient method of learning how to make a good film. It takes time and focus to find out the best way for any individual to become a good or even great filmmaker.
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