It’s a common belief that a thorough knowledge of movie making and the entertainment industry is enough to make you a successful movie producer. Nope.
Paramount Pictures. With 15.5 percent of the US/Canadian market share (2007 figures), Paramount Pictures continues to be one of the most successful san xuat phim quang cao companies in the world. Star Trek, War of the Worlds, the Mission Impossible series, Transformers and Tropic Thunder are just a few of the popular films produced by Paramount Pictures.
Base your film from a good script. You cannot direct anything as long as you take it from a good script. Read your script first with your production team and decide whether it’s worth pushing through or not. The script is basically the film’s manual. It is where you will know how many actors you need, where your locations are and what you need for the whole production.
Movies are made in many corners of the world, but that doesn’t mean that that includes your hometown. A potential film extra needs to go where the films are being made. New York and California are obvious choices, but filming takes place all over the United States. The television show Dawson’s Creek was filmed in North Carolina.
Film investors are not forgiving and will cut you off from future film funds. They can write off the loss, but your reputation will take a hit and you’ll lose out on them investing in your movies in the future. Finding money to make movies is harder than making the movie. Without film financing you only have a screenplay and a movie making dream keeping you company.
You might be sighing (or groaning) as you ask “Don’t you have to go to school for that?”. The answer is a big fat NO! Sure, going to school to learn the various trades in the film and video world will give you a great knowledge of the position and the industry as a whole, but it is seldom if ever a requirement to get on a set. In the film and video industry, much more emphasis is put on your film credits than on your college credits.
Virtually all film jobs are “part time” as they are on a freelance basis. The thing to be weary of is that you WILL work long hours on a film set (often as many as 14-16 hours a day). They are on a temporary basis, as each film only shoots for (usually) 3-5 weeks.
Not only will you be in the thick of things when it relates to the film making business, you will observe how to approach major production agencies. By the time you leave the LA Film School, you will know the company inside and out, let alone have more than a few films that will show what type of a film maker you can be.