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What Is The Secret To Filmmaking Success

Want To Live The Glamorous Life Of A Successful Filmmaker?

What is the secret behind the success of filmmakers like Peter Jackson, Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Sir Ridley Scott, David Fincher, Stephen Soderbergh, Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino, Richard Linklater, Spike Jonze?

  • They earn enormous incomes doing what they like
  • The most beautiful film stars will do anything to be in their films
  • Many live in mansions and own expensive cars
  • They travel the world and are treated like royalty everywhere they go

Would you like to join the ranks of these famous people and live the kind of lives they live?

How Did They Learn Filmmaking and Get Started?

The amazing thing is that they, along with 90% of the other most successful people in the film industry, got their education and start the same way.

Where did they all go to film school?

They didn't!

You read that right. None of them are film school graduates. Most of them never set foot in a film school.

Decades ago when film cameras were expensive film schools were a way a student could get started learning. With the abundance of cheap, quality digital cameras today there is very little reason to attend film school.

What's the difference between dreaming of being a filmmaker and becoming one? It's not going to film school.

James Cameron said it well:

"I think the most important thing if you're an aspiring film-maker is to get rid of the 'aspiring'... You shoot it, you put your name on it, you're a film-maker."

What's wrong with film school?

  • Top film schools are outrageously expensive for the poor quality of instruction you get
  • Film school degrees are nearly worthless for getting a job and are generally considered a joke by the film studio hiring managers
  • Even the best film schools teach the wrong career skills and that will almost guarantee you will fail as a filmmaker
  • There are much faster, less expensive and more effective ways to get into filmmaking that greatly improve your odds of success

What should you do instead of going to film school?

Orson Wells, Robert Rodriguez and many other directors have pointed out that everything you need to know to make a movie can be learned in a few weeks. It just isn't that hard.

The fastest and best way to learn is by working on a real film set helping to make a movie along side professionals who know what they are doing.

The real trick if you want to work in Hollywood is getting onto a film set. Along with learning the basic skills you need a strategy for getting into the industry where you network with real working filmmakers.

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