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Old 02-05-2016, 09:27 AM
 
Location: Baltimore, MD
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Hello people,

I have been thinking for some time now about wanting to fulfill this dream. It's a big dream, but it takes time and dedication. It also takes tons of creativity. I think I have what it takes, but I don't know exactly how big the rabbit hole goes. Is this a dream I should strive for or should I play it safe at first, and just be a writer for some third party video game developer/voice actor for a brief period of time? I'm not sure about the direction I should go in.
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Old 02-05-2016, 10:10 AM
 
Location: The Commonwealth of Virginia
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I have been thinking for some time now about wanting to fulfill this dream. It's a big dream, but it takes time and dedication. It also takes tons of creativity. I think I have what it takes, but I don't know exactly how big the rabbit hole goes. Is this a dream I should strive for or should I play it safe at first, and just be a writer for some third party video game developer/voice actor for a brief period of time? I'm not sure about the direction I should go in.
That's a long row to hoe. It takes, time, dedication, creativity....and a thick skin. And it helps to have a lot of money.

Have you been to film school? Have you made any short films? When deciding whether it's something you should strive for, you first have to determine how much you want it, and how happy you are now, doing what you do.

Your best chance would be to write a producible screenplay, raise some money, get a team together and shoot the movie yourself. (This is made much easier--and cheaper--because you don't have shoot on actual film. You can do it all digitally.) And then market it yourself. Again, easier to do with the internet. With that said, it's still an expensive proposition. It's called guerilla filmmaking, and it's how Kevin Smith and Robert Rodriguez broke into the business.

Nobody will look at you to direct a multi-million dollar project without a track record. There's simply too much money involved.

Another way is to write a screenplay, and get is produced. Do it again. After that, if somebody really wants to produce your next screenplay, make it clear you want to be the director, or it won't be produced. (Ben Younger made that a condition of selling the screenplay to the movie Boiler Room.)


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Old 02-05-2016, 10:17 AM
 
Location: Baltimore, MD
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That's a long row to hoe. It takes, time, dedication, creativity....and a thick skin. And it helps to have a lot of money.

Have you been to film school? Have you made any short films? When deciding whether it's something you should strive for, you first have to determine how much you want it, and how happy you are now, doing what you do.

Your best chance would be to write a producible screenplay, raise some money, get a team together and shoot the movie yourself. (This is made much easier--and cheaper--because you don't have shoot on actual film. You can do it all digitally.) And then market it yourself. Again, easier to do with the internet. With that said, it's still an expensive proposition. It's called guerilla filmmaking, and it's how Kevin Smith and Robert Rodriguez broke into the business.

Nobody will look at you to direct a multi-million dollar project without a track record. There's simply too much money involved.

Another way is to write a screenplay, and get is produced. Do it again. After that, if somebody really wants to produce your next screenplay, make it clear you want to be the director, or it won't be produced. (Ben Younger made that a condition of selling the screenplay to the movie Boiler Room.)


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I'm in high school.

Should I start get a team together now? I have written a screenplay but IDK where I could submit it and get a real team. For my age (16)... I honestly don't know who would take me seriously
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Old 02-05-2016, 10:26 AM
 
Location: The Commonwealth of Virginia
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I'm in high school.

Should I start get a team together now? I have written a screenplay but IDK where I could submit it and get a real team. For my age (16)... I honestly don't know who would take me seriously
Nobody will take you seriously. If you want to submit a screenplay to studios, you'll need an agent. An agent will be very hard to get.

My advice would be to go to film school, if you can swing it. That's where you'll learn your craft, and meet people of like mind.

Google Kevin Smith, and learn about how he made Clerks. He is a legend in the independent film community.

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Old 02-05-2016, 10:38 AM
 
Location: Baltimore, MD
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Nobody will take you seriously. If you want to submit a screenplay to studios, you'll need an agent. An agent will be very hard to get.

My advice would be to go to film school, if you can swing it. That's where you'll learn your craft, and meet people of like mind.

Google Kevin Smith, and learn about how he made Clerks. He is a legend in the independent film community.

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I figured that. Thanks. I'll go to film school after I finish college.

I should also probably go and submit films into film festivals to get recognition and probably win some awards that can get studios like Fox and Universal to contact me for a possible producer/director/writer/screenplay job.
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Old 02-05-2016, 12:44 PM
 
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The industry is all about connections, the ability to work with insane people under insane conditions, and do so in a way that makes a profit. Volunteer at a film festival and get to know the ground. Find a mentor. Study film, watch the classics and analyze the techniques. Study the history of the great directors. Get a management job of some sort to learn people handling skills. Learn to drink and not get drunk. Recognize that unless you are totally driven, your chance of success is about one in a thousand.
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Old 02-05-2016, 01:20 PM
 
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I should also probably go and submit films into film festivals to get recognition and probably win some awards that can get studios like Fox and Universal to contact me for a possible producer/director/writer/screenplay job.
Ummmm ... yeah, good luck with that.
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Old 02-05-2016, 01:35 PM
 
Location: Baltimore, MD
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Ummmm ... yeah, good luck with that.
I'll need luck.
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Old 02-05-2016, 02:06 PM
 
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I'll need luck.
And a BIIIIG dose of realistic outlook.
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Old 02-05-2016, 02:43 PM
 
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Don't forget the casting couch.
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