This page is based on then-intern Frederica Byron‘s work in 2014. Times have changed, and we’ve updated this list.
Work in style and with the right tools and you’re halfway there. Not everything in a filmmaker’s tool-belt has to be expensive, some of the most important tools can be on the low end of the pricey side. Here is a handy list of the tools we think are essential if you want to make it as a filmmaker in today’s competitive climate.
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1. A good mobile telephone
A good telephone will become your mobile film production office.
Get the best phone you can, one that can allow you to surf and accept and write emails, and take location pictures.
The undated camera functions means that the importance of a separate camera has dimished. You can make movies with excellent quality on your cellphone. Of course there are dozens of apps and gadgets you can add on.
An invaluable tool that lets you stay connected even when you are on the fly.
2. A good email address and website
Yahoo, Gmail and Hotmail might be free and easy to access, but getting your own domain name means you can have an individual and bespoke email address.
To build a website, use a programme like Apple’s iWeb and DIY. Doesn’t need to be fancy, include a section About You, Contact Details, Current Projects and your Showreel.
3. A sturdy laptop with a good battery
Load it up with a useful editing programme (like Final Cut Pro, , an office admin programme, like Word, and something you can make good presentations with. It is also really useful to have a software package that will let you resize and optimise pictures for the web.
Of course you will need some cool software.
Here’s the Zero Budget Software Guide – over £14k worth of software – legal and free.
With that great camera on your cellphone why not splash out a hundred quid and get this little beauty. This means you can add 360/VR to your filmmaking repertoire.
5. Building your social networking groups
Get tooled up.
Creating Facebook and Twitter groups that are interested in your projects will pay dividends when your movie gets out there.
Get in the habit of spending 15-20 minutes on social media every day, but stay focused.
6. Business Cards
Who said a business card needs to be made of paper? Make one out of sacking cloth.
One thing to be very sure of is that your details can be easily read. If printed on paper, make sure the back of the card is clear and has a matt finish so details can easily be written on the back.
Some other ideas for alternative business cards.
Presentation is everything too.
Here are some great ideas on how to present yourself.
7. Pitching Skills
Tongue tied? Many filmmakers avoid pitching – likening it to snake-oil-salesmanship.
Most movies start with a pitch, and if the gift of the gab evades you, chances are you won’t get the money, the crew or the talent to participate in your film.
8. Headgear and microphone
There’s many different types and grades of headgear, and the technology keeps changing weekly. Having some snazzy headgear with a great pair of headphones will be extremely useful for meetings (to show your work, and also to view the latest VR work yourself), whether online or at an exhibition like VRX at Raindance 2017.
A good microphone is another essential piece of kit. It should integrate into whatever camera you are using.
9. A Calendar For All Your Networking Events
A successful filmmaker will budget part of their time to attend networking events. Organise your calendar for all your networking opportunities. Join filmmaking groups and associations where you live. London is spoiled for choice.
Online groups where you can meet people and exchange ideas include Talent Circle, and Shooting People.org.
Free article: Networking Faux Pas
Decision number one is: Do you want to learn filmmaking? Or do you want to become a filmmaker?
The best way to learn how to make a film is by doing it. Getting advice from someone who has made films and made mistakes will save you time and energy duplicating those mistakes.
Two people will approach the same project in very different ways. Raindance film training courses will help you to discover different ways to approach the challenges of filmmaking and give you the tools to succeed.
Here is a Raindance must when it comes to film training:
Unless tutors have practical experience in their field they won’t be able to show how the industry really works or how they solved problems in their own projects.
The Raindance way to learn is always through people who have first hand experience of working in the industry. At Raindance we don’t teach filmmaking. We make filmmakers.
Here’s a list of film programmes world wide.
Raindance Film Festival is the only film festival with a training programme in writing, directing and producing in the world. Have a browse through our catalogue of mouth-watering courses. Compare them with other trainers in Britain, Europe and the world.
With literally dozens of postgraduate film degrees popping up around the world, we thought it was about time we bang the drum and tell you why we think our Postgraduate Film Degree is so good.
Lots of times you might need some expert advice.
– draft cast and crew contracts
– sample business plans
– a short seminar on film finance
– script registration
Maybe not everyday, but enough times to make it essential. Join Raindance Premium Membership and for just £50 you can get all of these benefits plus 700+ original screenplays, 40+ draft legal contracts, free events and more.
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