The Filmmaker Path: 8 Essential Tips For Success

Dandan Liu, Documentary Filmmaker & Cinematographer

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11 Lessons (10m)
    • 1. Course Intro

      1:22
    • 2. Take Creative Ownership

      1:11
    • 3. Get Feedback

      0:51
    • 4. Constructively Reflect

      0:44
    • 5. Observe Professionals At Work

      0:38
    • 6. Say Yes

      0:44
    • 7. Film Festivals

      0:35
    • 8. Stay Updated

      0:26
    • 9. The Most Important of Them All

      1:43
    • 10. Bonus!

      1:03
    • 11. Course Conclusion

      1:06

Project Description

Your class project will be to reflect over the words of advice shared here, of course with a grain of salt, and journal on your current filmmaking state--your fears, aspirations, and actionable next steps--to help you gain clarity over your path. Here is a template to help get you started. 

WHERE I AM NOW

-What are my filmmaking strengths?

-What are my filmmaking areas of improvement?

-What are the essential lessons I have learned from my previous projects?

-What are my biggest fears and how can I overcome them?

-What has been my filmmaking identity? How can I develop/change this?

WHERE I HOPE TO GO

-Things I need to learn

-Things I want to experiment with 

-Do I want to make filmmaking a side hobby, part time career, or full time endeavor?

-Sketch a potential roadmap for how you can advance to your filmmaking goal. 

-Is there any overarching thread or theme connecting my filmmaking portfolio/identity?

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