The key to becoming a filmmaker without film school is to take the steps listed here and then watch and learn from them. These steps can be applied to many different fields and they are always the steps that will make a lot of difference in your production. It’s only when you have applied your filmmaking skills on their own that you really begin to understand the process. You can also do these steps on your own, but we still find that it can be really helpful to have someone else help you with these steps at various points.
First: Make sure your work has already been screened. Make sure that your movie is ready for screening. You can find out where to find the film and the screenings on IMDB. You will also need to have your movie screened by an accredited agent or by the proper screening organization at a professional studio, as these organizations review and screen films to make sure their content is appropriate and up to snuff. Once you have your movie screened by one of these organizations, you then need to make sure that the film is well structured and properly edited. After all, if your film is not properly edited, it will not be screened properly. Here’s how:
1. If your film requires a “pass” from one of the film festivals, make sure that your film has been tested by and certified by a professional film festival committee. Check out our Film Festivals Guide for festival submissions where information about these organizations are listed.
2. Have your movie screened by two separate independent film festivals that have made the screening process a reality.
3. Have your movie screened by a professional screenwriter and/or editing team, as these individuals will review your film and will provide expert feedback that will assist you in making your film as polished as possible.
4. Use as many of these steps as necessary to get your film screened, as each and every step of the film making process can and will help you in the process. With each step, do each of the next four steps and make certain that you are following the steps.
5. Repeat process, until you have a finished film that you can submit to your film festival.
The biggest challenge to learning about and doing all the work to become a better filmmaker, is not the time required, but the amount of work required. That being said, the great thing about learning how to be an amateur filmmaker and becoming a professional filmmaker is that you are now able to utilize all of these steps and apply them to your work
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