December, 2012
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Do you wan to be a Professional Film Maker?

December 5, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Post: Do you want to be  Professional Film Maker? 


I have to say I love Singapore. We spent three days there about a week ago after my round the world trip from LA to  Ireland and Spain. ( Love Barcelona.) After a 12 hour flight, there is nothing better than the warm tropical air of the equator and the beautiful hotels. Not to mention the food  and the outdoor cafes and the shops and the very pleasant people. I am also facinated by the architecture of the high rise buildings.

Over the years I have noticed a huge difference between the person who succeeds and the person who fades away. Today I am going to outline the difference between a professional Film Maker versus an amateur. For the purposes of this article, the film maker is defined as the Producer or Director or both.

1 The Ambitious Emerging Film Maker uses Professional equipment: This is one of the most important. Using professional equipment is an absolute. Knowing the right gear and getting proper training is so important. Having the best film equipment such as

Our Film Camera we use on our Student Productions

  • The Matte Box
  • Follow Focus
  • Shoulder Mount
  • Correct Shotgun microphone
  • The pistol grip
  • The Wind Sock
  • Lapels with Wireless radio

This is only a small part of the correct Film Equipment that you need. Do you have the Correct lighting with the spun and Reflectors. Tracks and a Crane really help not to mention the Steadicam. And then not to mention having a great edit software such as Adobe Premiere Pro and  Sound Post finish to make your film truly professional. Having professional Film Equipment is imperative to your shoot being successful.   All the people who succeed in Film Making use professional film equipment.

This may sound totally overwhelming. How do you  get your hands on professional equipment?   You will need to know which gear to get. How do you learn about the Sound Post and the best deals?

The best way is to enrol on a very effective Film School For example The  4 Month Summer Film School  We show you the best scriptwriting software and how to get it for free. We show you how to save money on everything while  learning with. our professional Equipment. Best of all you learn on the job, how to make films with professional equipment. 

2 Constant Training. 

This is very important. On every film shoot you learn something new and there is no better training than on the job. That is why our Film Schools are actual film productions where you learn by actually shooting a film. However it is still important to learn from very high quality film seminars and short film course. For example if you want to learn how to write better scripts, Robert Mckee Story Seminar is an awesome resource. We teach basic scriptwriting. However in 2013 we want to introduce a Screenwriting Workshop over 12 weeks where part of the workshop will be to write 10 pages per week producing a script at the end of the Screenwriting workshop. Please let me know if this is of interest.

3 Networking

Recent 4 Month Graduate Group with Colm O’Murchu

Network the film business and meet amazing people from all over the world.  Top line Film Festivals and Film Markets are great places to network and meet financiers and distributors. You could also meet other film makers that you could create a creative alliance with.

Avoid the “What can I get out of you attitude?” This is the person who gets down to business within ten seconds of meeting a new person. They will leave the second they feel they can get nothing our of that person. Just have fun networking and right people will come along.

One of the biggest benefits of our Film Schools is that you meet like minded people who want to make professional films. So many creative alliances are forged on our Film Schools. So many creative film projects mushroom out of our Film Schools into our Hot Talent Club where numerous film projects are produced.

4  The best of everything. 

When you are producing your film, use the best film equipment, the best people the best locations that your budget can afford. You can learn a huge amount about film making from these people. Surround yourself with the best crew and cast and add a great script and you have a very good chance of being successful.

The right attitude

This is exceptionally important. The most successful people I know have learnt the art of charm. In other words people like and trust them. They have a way of getting on with the right people in the film business and therefore find opportunities falling their way.

Do you very best to avoid being arrogant. Most of my former graduates are awesome people but I sometimes notice a minority of former students becoming very cocky and what they call in LA ” Going Hollywood”.  It is when a little success comes the way of a novice and they start to believe that they are destined to be better than anyone else.

This is a very common pitfall. Have a look at what happened Val Kilmer. Today you can hire him for the lunch budget on your film. Tom Cruise also had issues several years ago and it nearly destroyed his career. You would be surprised how many people have destroyed their film careers with similar behaviour. but have only had minimal success with for example a short film.

Lack of gratitude and arrogance are the most common traits of this person  However success will be very short lived as most people in the top circles will steer clear of this type person. Suddenly they will stop having return calls and the power people in the film business will state to this person. ” We have decided to go in a new direction”

Make sure that you always have a professional attitude and that you spread a feeling of fun and good humour around you. Yes be ambitious but with a win win attitude. In other words charm and practice gratitude. Be grateful for every professional day you work in the film business and to the people who helped you and are helping you now. Make sure that you are always open to learning and constantly training 


Till next time

Colm O’Murchu – Director Australian Film base


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