Elliot Grove posits 9 tips on how to get into filmmaking – really fast.


1) Decide how much time you have to devote to your dream.
It’s crazy to give up your day job, just yet. You need to get tooled up. And learning the ropes of any job is hard, and in the creative industries it’s downright hard and harsh. I have learned so many painful lessons along the way myself.
Here is the good news: Canadian philospher Malcom Gladwell wrote a terrific book Outliers: The Story of Success explaining the 10,000 hour rule. Basically, you can do anything you want in life, as long as you are willing to put in the hours. Do 10,000 hours at any one thing, and you will become really good at it. And reading this Raindance rticle will count towards that sum total! BTW Outliers: The Story of Success is available on Amazon for less than £6.00.

So first step, how much time a week do you have?

2 hours? This would make you a hobbyist.
10 hours? Spend this time every week and call yourself a talented amateur
20? hours? After a year of this time, you will be known as semi-pro
40+ hours? Guess what. now you are a pro. And can call yourself a filmmaker.

2) Determine how big a project you want to make.
Budget is everything. A lot of aspiring filmmakers I know decide that their first project is going to be a multi-million dollar film. Movies are categorised by their budgets. From high budgets to low budgets. Learn what these budgets are. Don’t forget that low or even no-budget films are easier to finance and if you make a mistake you haven’t lost the family inheritance!

Five thousand years ago, a man called Noah said he wanted to build a boat. He had never done it before. His friend and neighbors mocked him. ‘Why do you want to build a boat when we live miles from the sea?” But he did and the boat floated. The proof is that we are all here!

A hundred and ten years ago a Londoner said he wanted to build a boat. He went around the City and raised a huge pile of money. He engaged all the top maritime engineers and went to Belfast and built the Titanic.

My question is: “Which boat do you want to float?” Sometimes lo-to-no budget filmmaking is a great way to launch your career. Keep control in your own hands and don’t risk the hidden icebergs of the film industry.

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