Filmmakers Resources

28 Jan

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filmmakers resources_thumbHere at Through the Lens Filmschool, I’m keen to encourage new talent and share the knowledge and experience I’ve had the good fortune to obtain over the decades I’ve worked in the industry. I’ve got a lot to share! Below is a list of all the different blogs on offer, click the banners to get a full list of posts – thanks for dropping by!

 

Cameras, Crew, Tips & TricksCameras Banner
Lighting Tutorials, Tips & Tricks

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Mimic the Masters: Learn Filmmaking from the Pros
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How to get a Job in the Film & TV Industry
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Short Stories: Amazing & Funny Experiences from the film set!
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So there you have it, plenty to choose from! Enjoy!

Mimic the Movie Masters: STEVEN SPIELBERG – Part TWO

8 Feb

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Mimic the Movie Masters
STEVEN SPIELBERG – Part TWO

spielberg thumb part 2Welcome back to Part TWO of my study of Mr. Spielberg; if you haven’t read Part ONE, I’d strongly recommend it if you’re interested in his signature “Push In”. The idea of this series is to give you, the filmmakers, more tools at your disposal, to further improve your work and help take it to the next level. I am going to highlight certain director’s individual cinematic signature shooting styles, so you can understand and apply these master techniques to your own independent movies. But anyway, enough of that, you’re here to read Part TWO. So let’s get on with it!

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How To Get a Job in Film & TV – Who To Contact + Film School or Not?

5 Feb

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Hello and welcome back, in the last two blog posts I talked about the Importance of Specialisation, and How to Create a Compelling Future that will drive you and keep you focused. Today I’m going to talk specifically about the key people to approach in the industry and discuss the pros and cons of going to film school, university or Media College to get a qualification vs. just going out there and getting experience. More importantly I’m going to tell you exactly how all this is viewed by professionals inside the industry. So first up…

Targeting The Right Industry People When Looking For Work

filmschool_thumbApproaching the right people and letting them know you are out there, is vital to your success. Below is a list of the main people you should attempt to contact/target. These people hire and fire crew and Production staff; they are the decision makers.

However, if you are fortunate enough to know someone on the ‘inside’ of the industry who doesn’t fall into this category, then by all means approach them; they may well be able to pull a few strings. In fact if you do know someone like this, you shouldn’t even be reading this right now, you should already be working in the industry! For the less fortunate, read on! Continue reading

How To Get a Job in Film & TV – Get Focused, Dream Big!

3 Feb

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Hi there, this is the second part in a series of posts about breaking into the film and TV industry. In my first blog I talked about the number one element that the industry looks for when recruiting new talent – people who understand the importance and commitment of specialization in one craft. Those who are going to hire you want to know that you have a clear idea of what you ultimately want to do in the industry.

What the Industry Really Looks for When Recruiting New Talent

When we take on new talent we are not just investing in you, we are investing in the future of our industry and there are certain key values and characteristics that shine through – we look for people who are:

Efficient. Confident. Ambitious. Trustworthy. Good communicators. Honest. Intuitive. Committed. Dependable. Professional. Strive to be the Best.

focus_thumbIf you’re interested in learning more about these attributes, check out my blog on having the right mindset for the industry – it’s targeted at camera operators, but is applicable to all areas of the crew, on or off location. I go into much more detail about what it takes to be successful in the industry.

But enough of all that, in today’s post I’m going to talk about how to dream BIG and how to create a compelling future. It might not seem important to you at this stage, but believe me… it is (more on that later).

As a result of your initial research from my first blog, you may have already decided what job you ultimately want to do in the industry or may still be  searching for answers, either way I want you to do the following exercise.

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How to Get a Job in Film & TV: Discover Your Dream Job

28 Jan

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How to Get a Job in Film & TV:
DISCOVER YOUR DREAM JOB

discover_thumbHi there, in Part One I pointed out that specialisation is CRUCIAL. You have to know what you want to do and then pour all your attention in that direction. The industry loves people who treat their responsibilities and skills with respect. This is a simple exercise that works alongside my other blogs on getting a job in film & TV, to help those who might still be unsure about where they want to work in the industry.

Some of you may already have a vision of what your ideal job would be, that’s fantastic; others may need to explore all the possibilities. Regardless of which person you are, doing this exercise will either help define where you might fit in, or solidify your ideas about your future. Continue reading

How To Get a Job in Film & TV – Importance of Specialisation

28 Jan

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What’s all this about?
It’s practical, original, plain speaking advice, on how to stand out from the crowd, get noticed and get into the industry.

What this isn’t…
Some dull careers advice babble, regurgitated and re packaged, old ideas with new jargon; same old, same old, concocted by a so-called ‘expert’ who’s never worked in the business and knows as much about film and TV industry as my cat!

INTRODUCTION

specialisation thumbWith so many people striving to get into the film and TV industry things are getting increasingly difficult for young talent to get a foot in the door. A Sad Fact... Hundreds of thousands of media students graduate worldwide every year and over 40% of those who apply for work, or work experience in the industry, don’t even get replies to their job applications… zilch, nothing, zippo…no feedback whatsoever! Why is this happening? Well I know exactly why, but more on that later.

Every month I, and my industry colleagues, get inundated with floods of people looking for work, people desperately trying find a way in, disheartened students and filmmakers that are dangerously close to just giving up on their dream… I want to make sure they don’t give up!

All these people asking for help has prompted me to write a series of blog posts offering genuine guidance and advice to people across the world who want to work in any area of the film and TV industry. Continue reading

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