There is no one set way on becoming a film director. While in the past the routes may have been limited, we are currently living in the BEST possible time for artists and creatives. There is a world of abundant possibilities...and a world of MANY different routes to becoming a director.
Here are just a few:
1) Independent - Make Your Own Films, Enter Competitions & Film Festivals
2) Start your Own Production Company
3) Traditional - Start at the bottom with any crew role and work your way up
4) Work Full-time for an already existing Production Company
5) Consider leveraging YouTube and Alternative Routes
6) Freelance within a film crew and look for opportunities
My advice would be to focus on one route at a time and work up from there. However, opportunity is EVERYWHERE and you need to keep your eyes open...
Working as a PA on a murder mystery show, I jumped at the chance to drive the director back to the subway. During the 40m drive I asked him as many questions as I could. His route to being a director? He, as a gaffer, got stuck with the DP and the Executive Producer in a cabin during a snow storm. They were watching "Jaws" to pass the time and coincidentally it was his favorite film. In a fit of a passion, he began breaking the film down as they were watching it. By the end the Producer was so impressed he offered him a job as Director on their next project!
What route are you pursuing on your journey? What are some of the greatest lessons you've learned on your journey?
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