When you’re starting out as a filmmaker, you want to get into the studio, be there and have a seat at the table, says film historian James Baugh.
But if you’re a film buff, or if you have a degree in film history, it can be difficult to get your foot in the door.
Here are 10 tips for getting into the studios.
Make it fun and exciting.
When you are shooting a film, it’s important to make it interesting, says Baugh, the editor-in-chief of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Films that are “fun” are easy to make, and they are less likely to be dismissed as “boring.”
That said, if you are serious about being a film director, try to create some sort of creative excitement.
Make sure that you have an idea of how you are going to make a film.
This is important.
Baugh advises that you start with the story and then work out how to tell the story.
“The key is to create a vision, and the best way to do this is to make the story interesting,” he says.
Look for other directors.
Burt says that, in the early days of the movie business, studios hired directors to help make the films look good and “keep things fresh,” but studios have since become increasingly wary of this practice.
Instead, he suggests looking for people who have an established background in film, or are in the business to make movies.
“I would recommend hiring someone who is a fan of the genre, who is working on a feature film,” he advises.
“If you want a more direct route to get started, you should look at someone like Mark Romanek, who’s been doing this for 20 years,” he adds.
“He is a very seasoned director.
If you are interested in working with him, you will have a great chance.”
Make a plan.
When it comes to making a movie, “you want to be realistic about what you are doing,” says Burt.
“That is, you have to know what your budget is and what you need to do.”
“Don’t be afraid to make something that doesn’t look good,” says Peter Salsberg, the executive producer of the short film “Sandy.”
If you want the audience to see the movie, you need “a story that is very believable,” he explains.
If that story is a good one, you may end up making money.
But don’t go into this thinking that you are in it for the money.
“Make a film that is something people want to see,” says Salsburg.
Create a creative identity.
Baugus says that one of the most important things in creating a movie is to find someone who knows what they are talking about.
If a director does not know what he is talking about, Baugh says, it could be a big mistake.
“You will be making a film with no creative control.
You will be playing it safe.
That’s not how the film industry works,” he stresses.
Take your time.
“We always advise filmmakers to spend about two to three weeks in the studio,” says Romanek.
“But if you don’t know what you’re doing, and you don