Writing has always been my Achilles heel of filmmaking. I love directing, cinematography, lighting, and editing, but writing has always been difficult for me. I always strive to be original and creative, but when I sit down to write, I either end up writing a movie that already exists or something i’m not even interested in. Therefore, I want to point out a few tips that could help in writing a movie you love.

Recently I have been working on a short film script and I always get to a point where I’m disinterested in what I’ve written. However, I think I’ve finally created a checklist for writing something I love while also making something worth watching. It’s simple, but it’s worth checking over when you’re writing your next film.

Entertaining Theme

Movies have always been about entertainment. Making something you and your audience want to sit down and enjoy.

It seems obvious to say but when you sit down to create something it’s easy to get lost in the process of making it, how its going to look on camera, and who you’re going to cast. Although, when you take a step back and look at it from an audience members point of view, you have to ask “is this entertaining?”. If it is, then carry on and make your movie, if not, maybe take a second to see what you could change to make your audience happy.

Theme Design

Now that you’ve catered to your audience it’s time to cater to yourself. Look over your script and make sure it touches on themes you care about. What message are you trying to convey with your film? What do you want the audience to learn from watching your movie?

These questions will help you come up with a story that you are passionate about. This step is vital in my opinion. Because, there’s always a point in a project when I think to myself “why am I doing this?”. If I don’t have an answer, I throw the script out. If I have a message I want other people to hear that I genuinely care about, then that pulls me through the doubt I have about the project.

Film Budget

Budget, of course, controls everything. It can be difficult to write a story within your budget, so what I suggest doing is writing your story however you want. Afterward, start to scale it down to something that is doable with your budget. Don’t sacrifice your message, but keep in mind that a well done, low budget movie is better than a poorly done big budget film. It’s all about quality.

This part in particular is something I struggle with when writing. I would love to make sci-fi movies, but at the moment, I don’t have the resources to make them convincing.

As I mentioned, when you’re writing, let your mind flow free. Create whatever you desire, but when it’s time for draft two, start to scale down to something you can realistically make. There’s nothing wrong with shelving a project either. If you have a script you absolutely love but can’t make it at the moment, then hold onto it. Make something else before hand and work towards making your next film a reality when you have the time.

Short Film Making

It’s easy for me to get caught up in an idea only to realize that I either don’t like the script, or I’ve rewritten a movie I already like by accident. So, when you’re sitting down to create your next script, keep yourself in mind, remember your audience, and write within your budget.

Over the past few months I have been working on writing my own short film. These steps have helped me stay on track and create something I love. Hopefully, these steps can help you in writing a movie you love as well.

Every time I watch The Godfather I think to myself “What happened to acting in Atlanta?” Marlon Brando and Al Pacino absolutely destroy their roles as Vito Corleone and Micheal Corleone respectively. Then you compare them to the biggest actors today, and I can’t help but wonder when we stopped caring about acting.

Everyone is type cast to play themselves or to draw in their following. People who aren’t even actors are crossing over into the film industry because they can. Truly great performances are few and far between. Which is why I want to recognize actors that are keeping their craft alive and discuss the importance of acting in films.

Acting in the Old Days

We are currently living in a very strange time in film. Gone are the days of the best actor getting chosen for a role. In their place we have celebrities from all forms of media. Anybody that has a large following or fan base can get a role in Hollywood now. This means that movies are moving away from performance based films in favor or more fans and tickets sold. There are several problems with this trend, one of them being sacrificing art for money but the big problem is studios are finding ways to cut corners even more than before.

The studio’s goal has always been clear, make money. Although, the relationship between director and studio is clearly becoming more strained because directors are going to have a lot less to work with. You might have to dumb down a scene because the Instagram model with 8 million followers can’t pull off the same sort of performance as Ryan Gosling could have. This all leads to the major problem which is less good movies getting created and more big budget, skin deep movies are saturating the market.

Actors Make Movies

You might be thinking to yourself, “maybe all movies don’t need to have the best actors, you’re just overreacting” and you might be right, but consider this, take your favorite movie and imagine that the lead actor is The Rock. The movie is probably still good, but it could be great with the right person in the role. That’s the point I’m trying to make, movies can still be good with A list stars that don’t have much background in acting, but they could be better.

Better actors leads to better performances, and better performances lead to the audience identifying with that character more. All of which leads to a better end product. You reap what you sow, in most cases.

Favorite Actors

The saddest part of this epidemic is that worse actors are overshadowing some of the best actors to ever grace the screen. Some of my personal favorites are Ryan Gosling, Jake Gyllenhaal, Amy Adams, and John David Washington. These actors, while still working in quite a lot of movies, could always use more work, they are completely underutilized. Not only that but if we keep using people from other media as actors we’ll never find the new up and comers. Those still lining up for auditions only to be overshadowed by those with millions of followers.

So this is my challenge to you, work with actors that will blow their performance out of the water. Work with those dedicated to your craft, and if you are an actor yourself, keep on trucking. No matter how many models or wrestlers Hollywood hires, we will always need talented artists.

The film industry is reaching a breaking point. Action films at the box office have completely flooded the market to the point where they are almost indistinguishable from one another. I saw John Wick 3 recently, and I went in expecting an ok story with some amazing action sequences. My bar was already not that high, and I was still disappointed. The story was exactly as I expected, simple. The action was repetitive and even boring at times, and John Wick is not the only film to fall victim to this.

Too many action films of the past few years have been mindless and unentertaining, and audiences are catching on. My prediction is that we will experience a renaissance of filmmaking within the next few years.

Action Movies at the Box Office

Now action movies aren’t exactly failing at the box office, but more people are showing up for story driven films. This year alone we’ve had films like Queen and Slim, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and most importantly, Joker. These are all stand alone films, not sequels that have done extremely well at the box office. Joker is the most profitable film of all time and although it is based on characters from a comic book, it is not part of a cinematic universe or anything of the like.

Audiences of all types are showing up to these films, old and young, male and female, everyone is showing up to watch it, which I love. These films are the beginning of a new wave. Audiences are recognizing quality film more frequently. They’re not condemning bad films, but they’re making the effort to see good movies.

Film Market is Changing

I think this change in taste has come from action films putting in less effort. I’m paraphrasing Alton Brown here but in his “Hot Ones” interview he said that once a location thinks they have something on lock, they start slipping in quality. I think this applies to a lot more than just food, in this case, I think the action film industry thinks they have the box office on lock and now audiences are noticing other genres of film.

Since the Marvel Infinity Saga has come to a close people are branching out and trying other things. The market is essentially in limbo, no new trends but once audiences find the new genre they fall in love with, that will dominate for the next few years.

Action Films are Safe

Now, all action films aren’t bad, Skyfall is one of my all time favorite movies, it’s an incredible action film all around. The problem is, every action film can’t be Skyfall. It has story, incredible cinematography, and it took risks, which is rare for a sequel film. Let alone the 23rd in a series. Most films shy away from risk because if someone dies they can’t make a sequel, which in turn makes the studio less money.

This has led to action films actually being quite safe, which makes the ending much more predictable. The hero wins and no one dies, and like I said before, people are catching on.

Mindless Films

Action films aren’t going anywhere soon. They’re mindless fun to watch when you want to turn your brain off and relax, but I don’t think they will be as dominant in these next few years. The decade of the story driven film is among us and I could not be more excited. This opens the door for more creative directors and storytellers to get their chance at the big screen. The future’s looking bright and I’m ready for my shot.

When I started film school, I couldn’t tell you the difference between a producer and a director. Many of my fellow classmates were in the same boat and they did not know all Atlanta film jobs on set. Actually, one of the best things film school did for me was clarify the responsibilities of each role. If you haven’t gone to film school it can be embarrassing to ask what each job does, so here’s my list of important jobs on set and what they do.

Film Producer

The producer is the be all end all of the project. They are there from day one until the project wraps. They are in charge of securing money, hiring the crew, and making sure the project goes smoothly. Almost all of the producers work is before production. Once the shooting starts the producer should be able to take a step back and let the film happen. Ultimately, however, the producer has the final say on everything with the project because they are the ones who control the money, and if they don’t want to pay for something or want to cut something out, it is completely their call. The producer and director should have a close relationship or at least an understanding for each other because they both want the same thing, a good movie.

Set Director

The director is in charge of making the movie. They are in charge of the story and creative aspects of filmmaking. In pre-production, they create the shot list, storyboard, overheads, and script breakdown. Then, they meet with the first A.D. to create the shooting schedule based on all of the paperwork. The director’s vision is what drives the movie forward. Whether they wrote the script or worked with a writer, they are there to make their own movie with their own vision. On set, they work with the actors to shape their performance, cinematographer to create a stunning shot, and the first A.D. to make sure they are on schedule.

The only person that is above the director is the producer because the producer controls the money. Once filming has wrapped, the director works with an editor to create the final project. The director, much like the producer, sees the project through to the very end.

Set First A.D.

The First Assistant Director is the right hand to the director, if the director says something needs to get done, the first A.D. will get it done. They are in charge of making sure the production is on schedule, they have a list of every shot that needs to be filmed that includes the actors, props, and locations of each. They film everything in the most logistical way possible because time is money, especially on set. While the director is meeting with the actors or talking to the cinematographer about the next shot, the first A.D. has everyone already moving equipment there so that when they’re ready to shoot, everything should be set up.

Film Cinematographer

First things first, the cinematographer does not touch the camera. They create the shots and control the lighting and make it look how they want but the camera operator is the one that executes the shot. The cinematographer is in charge of the entire camera department, whatever they say goes, but if you want to work with the cameras and actually do the shots, then camera op is right up your alley. On smaller sets of course the cinematographer is also the camera op. Near the end of pre-production, the cinematographer will meet with the director and go over the shot list to collaborate on what they think each shot should look like.

Set Production Assistant

Some of you are probably very familiar with this job but for those who are just getting started, a P.A. does whatever they’re asked whenever they’re asked to. If someone needs coffee you’re going to grab their coffee. If something needs to get picked up for later, you’re driving to pick something up. You are the workforce that the first A.D. will call upon to make sure everything gets done. When I first started doing P.A. work, I worked on very small sets. I was the only P.A. which meant I did everything that needed to get done, but this also meant I was able to work closely with everyone on set like the director and D.P. This was extremely valuable to me because I was able to learn about every job on set. If you can find a job like that I would recommend taking it.

Atlanta Film Jobs on Set

In the film industry there are many titles and slang terms. They can all be very confusing, especially if you never ask what they mean. I hope this list has been helpful in clarifying some of the important job titles on set. If you you learned something new from this make sure to check out my other articles on Atlanta film!

When I was younger, I used to watch movies all the time, arguably more than I watch now. Something I’ve been doing recently is going back and watching all of my favorites. Many of them held up over the years and some of them didn’t, but something I realized while watching these movies is that kids movies today can’t even hold a candle to the kids movies that were made ten to twenty years ago. They don’t address important topics or themes, they feel like they are made just to sell toys. It’s unfortunate because I learned a lot of important lessons from movies and T.V. shows when I was younger.

My Favorite Kids Movies

When I was growing up, some of my favorite things to watch were Avatar the Last Airbender and The Iron Giant. Avatar covered topics like death, nonviolence, sacrifice, relationships, and even veganism. The Iron Giant covered sacrifice and nonviolence as well, but the important thing is these movies and shows are still great today, they don’t shy away from dark topics, they don’t beat around the bush, and if you go back and watch either of these, they’re amazing stories in their own right.

As much as we don’t want to expose kids to dark things, it has to happen at some point. I might argue that it’s best for them to get exposed to that through their favorite show or movie. They might listen more to a character they like than their own parents; that’s definitely how I was. I modeled myself after the characters I looked up to. I even learned how to use sarcasm from Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends. It’s a shame kids today won’t have the same experience. I think the key thing kids shows and movies lack today is depth, there’s no meaning behind the story and there’s no subtext to be found.

New Kids Movies

Newer movies for kids really don’t have much to offer other than toys. They seem hollow and lifeless. There are the occasional gems like How to Train Your Dragon and most Disney movies. Other than that they really don’t teach kids anything. They all follow the same formula, design the main character to be relatable, design a cute animal/creature to be the main characters friend, get an up and coming musician to do a single for the movie, and when it’s all done sell toys.

That’s every kids movie today. They’re all easily forgettable because there is no passion behind them. I feel truly blessed to have grown up on movies where the director clearly loved what they were doing. They took it seriously and wanted to teach kids. Kids now have shallow movies made by people who just want money. That may sound like the cliche answer but I have a feeling it’s the truth. I haven’t seen many kids movies that feel like they were made with any other intention.

Bring Back Positivity

I wish this could have been a more positive post, but unfortunately, I don’t see this trend changing anytime soon. It’s not just happening to movies and shows either, it’s everywhere. Everything is becoming watered down, lifeless, and stupid. Companies are pandering to the children’s market because it will always make money. I hope this trend reaches its breaking point soon because kids need better idols to look up to. Whether it’s the characters in the movie or the people actually making those movies, because in the current state we’re in, no matter where you look the only thing you’re supposed to care about is money.

Animation in Movies

The stigma surrounding animation in movies is that they are made for kids. Adults watch “real movies” and kids watch “cartoons”. However, many animated films tackle adult themes and are sometimes more graphic than live action films. I recently watched Princess Mononoke for the first time, and it really inspired me to tackle this topic. That movie is the furthest thing from a “kids movie”. It’s message covers important topics for kids and adults alike. The imagery is stunning and sometimes even violent, but most of all, these movies are made to speak to everyone and bring people closer together through ideas.

Where is the Story

A topic I am always ranting about is story. Stories in movies are lacking these days because people only want to see action films with stunts and explosions. The reason animated films haven’t fallen into this trap is because they take much more effort to create. Every single thing in frame somebody draws. Someone takes the time to design and draw every person, every location, and absolutely anything you see on screen. The dedication it takes to create these movies can only come from a true passion to tell the story.

The creators want to sit down and draw something that looks cool and that’s it. They want to express how they feel and tell the story in a unique and creative way. While watching Princess Mononoke, I could feel the passion that Hayao Miyazaki felt for the environment and his dedication to preserving it. He wanted to spread an awareness for something he believed in, that’s why he animated almost 200,000 individual frames to create this movie. It is way too easy to just film something blowing up, it’s something else entirely to draw that. I believe this is why we get far more lazy live action movies and more creative animation films, that take passion to complete.

Creative Freedom in Animation

Animated films offer more creative freedom than live action movies. With live action, there is a limit to what a person can actually do on camera or you have to use CGI. With animated movies you have a completely blank canvass. Anything you can think of, or draw, could be in your movie, you have complete creative freedom. To give an example, if you wanted to create a giant monster in a live action movie you would have to make it look photo realistic because it has to match the environment and characters around it. With animated movies as long as it matches the art style you can have anything you want in the film. This gives the filmmakers the opportunity to create anything they want to tell their story and it makes it easier for the audience to believe your story and get lost in your world.

Truth Behind Animation

Animated movies have long been called kids movies because of the way they look, but if you dive deeper than that you can see that these films are directed mostly at adults. Princess Mononoke addressed industrialism and deforestation, The Iron Giant talks about nonviolence, The Incredibles opens with a suicide attempt. These movies are not just flashy colors and cute music to appeal to kids and sell toys. They are just as meaningful as “real movies” if not more. The point of a good animated movie is to bridge the gap between people. If Princess Mononoke changes someone’s mind about how they care for the environment then it has made a difference. These movies can bring generations together and help us understand each other. Animated movies might look like they’re made for kids but clearly these films are meant for everyone.

Are Marvel Movies Cinema?

Martin Scorsese recently came out and stated that he doesn’t think Marvel movies are cinema. On the one hand, I understand what he means, he wants movies that take risk, movies that people haven’t seen before, something new, but on the other hand I disagree with him. These movies are putting people in seats and keeping the silver screen alive. I think at the core of what he is talking about, is that he just wants good original movies to come out. although, I don’t think he should have the final say on what is considered cinema.

What is Cinema

Scorsese is one of the godfathers of modern cinema and his opinion should always be considered, but he’s not the final say on what is and isn’t cinema. What I think Scorsese wants is more incredible movies. Not too long ago we had movies like The Godfather, Taxi Driver, and Jaws coming out regularly. Now we have huge budget movies coming out in a series of 8 or 9 with more sequels and spin offs to come. He wants originality, and I agree.

One of the many problems with Marvel movies is that they all feel like copies, whether they’re copies of each other or other movies entirely. They just follow the same formula. We need more creative movies with real original stories. Marvel movies haven’t had the guts to do anything dangerous because they can’t. People need to stay alive in their movies so that they can make it to the next big meet up movie. So every time you watch a stand alone film you know what’s going to happen. The hero wins and the villain loses. Every time.

Marvel Legacy

Marvel movies have dominated the film industry for the past few years. Ever since Iron Man came out back in 2008, people have been lining up to see their movies. In fact, some people only come out to the movies to see Marvel movies. They couldn’t care less about whatever else is out. While that may seem like a bad thing to everyone trying to create original content, I see it as a way to keep the movies alive. Streaming services are taking over, that’s just a fact.

They are the future of movies and shows. Who doesn’t want to sit at home and watch movies, why go out to the theater if you can see the same things at home? If Marvel is making movies that are selling out theaters then let them. They are nearly single handedly keeping theaters in business. So, if a handful of people see a trailer while they’re out seeing a Marvel movie and it convinces them to go see that movie in theaters, then Marvel movies are also helping out other movies. It’s a win win.

Truth or Dare

In the end, this argument won’t solve much. Scorsese can feel however he wants to feel and Marvel will keep making their huge blockbusters, but the catch is neither of them are wrong. I recently saw an interview with Elon Musk where the interviewer asks Elon how he feels about NASA astronauts like Buzz Aldrin bashing his vision of commercialized space travel. He’s clearly upset about it and is holding back tears in the video. He says essentially that it’s disheartening to see people he considers to be his idols bash his ideas, but he’s going to continue anyway and hope he can prove them wrong. I feel like it’s the same way with Marvel.

Scorsese started making movies in a completely different time period, and although he doesn’t like the new trend that modern movies are following, he’s not going to change it. Everything changes eventually and film has moved on from original content to the copy and paste method to keep the industry alive. Let’s just hope we can find a happy medium.

Directing has always been my passion. I’ve done it my whole life. I started with lego stop motion movies and then moved onto short films as I grew older. Over the years I’ve learned and realized how to be a better director. It takes a lot to be the head of a project, but the end product is always worth it. Here is everything I know about becoming a better director.

Vision

Having a clear vision for your project is a must. You have to know the story, the themes, and the characters inside and out. While that sounds like a lot to keep track of, it is completely necessary. There is one big difference between an idea and a vision. That is a vision is a fully developed idea. An idea is just the beginning stage of a vision. Your vision has to be clear. You have to know which characters experience which things and for what reason. You have to know the flow of your story and where it should take the audience, and you should know how it all leads up to the end. If you don’t have a clear vision for your film it will end up being confusing and unorganized.

Organization

Vision is nothing without organization. You can have all the ideas in your head but if you don’t know how or when those ideas come into play then you might as well not have a vision. Many directors that I have worked with on smaller sets are not organized in the slightest, and the film suffers greatly from this. Nothing flows together or makes sense; it’s a mess. All of these directors are capable of making something better but they don’t have their ideas organized. You must be organized as a director and know what needs to happen. If at any moment it seems like you don’t know what to do, you will lose the respect of your crew. They don’t want to be led by someone that doesn’t know what they are doing.

Communication

Just like organization is to vision, communication is to organization. Organization will help you communicate your ideas better to the rest of the crew. Having the vision written down and organized is useless if you can’t communicate what needs to happen to your cast and crew. Communication on set should be simple. You tell people what needs to happen as clear and concise as possible. You can give more information to actors about a scene or their character, but you don’t have to explain everything to everyone.

Cooperation

As much as we’d like our projects to be 100% ours, a lot of communication has to happen to get a project off the ground. There are so many moving parts on set and so many experts in each department. You have to cooperate with all of them to get your project made. Someone might suggest a compromise because of schedule restrictions, and you have to learn to meet people in the middle. You can fight for parts that you think absolutely cannot be changed. Although, Pick your battles wisely because you can’t win them all.

Director Qualities

These are the pillars to directing that I have learned so far. There might be room for more, but if you want to know the core of what it means to be a good director then follow this list. Too many people want to be directors for the wrong reasons. They want to be the man in charge, or they want to have their name in big letters at the premier but at the end of the day only a few want to do it for the right reasons. That being to tell a good story. That should be the only goal of a director. If they want fame or to feel important on set, the movie is already lost.

When it comes to making movies, they don’t happen overnight. They take months or sometimes years to complete, and the shortest part of production is actually filming it. This is all possible because of the organized individuals that keep production on task. Although, this has been a major problem on sets I have worked on while in Atlanta. Crews often aren’t organized, directors don’t have any paperwork done, and they never have a first A.D. to keep the set on track and on schedule. In my experience, directors should have completed their paperwork, crew should keep gear organized and easily accessible, and productions should always hire an A.D.

Directors Job

A director should always be organized and practically have the script memorized. When on set, the director should have a shot list, overheads, storyboards, and a script breakdown on standby. That way if there is ever any confusion, they can quickly reference all the paperwork. This also makes it easy to explain what the next shot or scene will look like to others. It’s hard to keep an entire movie’s worth of information in your head. Even if you can remember it all, it is hard to explain all that information to others. This has been the downfall of many directors I have worked with. They think directing is making sure a shot looks good and making sure actors perform well, and while that is part of it, you should have the whole scene mapped out beforehand.

Organize Gear

Keeping gear organized is difficult, I don’t want to make it seem like this job is easy, but it is essential. The amount of equipment the average shoot has is astounding, so it is necessary to keep all of the gear organized and separated from each other. Lighting should be on its own, camera on its own, art on its own, etc. This will make the flow of set a whole lot easier because everyone will be able to access their gear at any given time. Many sets I’ve worked on just throw all the gear into one room and call it good. Unfortunately, organization is not high on many shoot lists.

Someone in Charge

This is the big one. Organization within departments is very important, but having someone who is in charge of organizing the entire set is absolutely vital, and completely overlooked. Very few sets I have been on have hired a first A.D. Everyone seems to think they can do the job of an A.D. easily so they don’t hire one. That is the biggest mistake you can make. A good A.D. is the difference between getting a film done and getting a film done well. I’ve been on a few sets where we do have a good first A.D. and when I tell you set ran like clockwork I am not lying. While we were filming a scene the A.D. would have crew setting up the next scene. So, when we finished all we had to do was bring the camera to the next location. This is all possible because they’ve taken the time to make a shooting schedule for the day and timed out how long each shot should take. This amount of work should not be overlooked.

Organization Struggle

Organization is something many people struggle with. Whether it’s organizing how you spend your time or how you organize your house, people seem to struggle with it. We all know how rewarding it is to finally take the time to do it. Make sure to take the time to clean that room or make a schedule for your day. It’s a good feeling and you can get a lot of work done. It’s the same thing with shoots. Yes, it is tedious to put a light back exactly where you got it from. Yes, it is exhausting to sit down and make a shooting schedule after filming all day, but in the end it is all worth it.

Filmmaking is one of the few industries that decided, it’s ok not to pay people for their work. This is because there are those who are passionate enough about what they do that they will work for free. This leads to a problem for new filmmakers, because they are constantly stuck in a loop of doing free work and never getting paid for their time.

On the other hand, paid work is tough to come by when you’re starting your career. So, there has to be a balance between how much free work and paid work you do. This is the balance I have found to be useful, but in no way is this the only way to start a career. Do what you feel is right, but know the value of your time and work.

Free Film Work

Free work can be great in the beginning, when you’re new to the industry and you just want to get on set for the sake of film. I remember nights when I couldn’t sleep before set because I was so excited. It’s a great way to make connections and it can, of course, lead to paid work if the producers like your work ethic.

However, the excitement of being on set only lasts so long. Soon, you’ll begin to think about the money you could be making, or the money you’re missing out on by not going to work for a shoot. This will be a constant struggle for the first few years of your career. The only advice I have for this part is just keep at it. Keep working hard, keep a positive attitude, and keep making connections. Everyone has had to go through this part in their career.

Paid Film Work

Paid work is where it gets exciting. I remember my first paid gig. I was making $250 dollars a day. It used to take me a week to make that and now I was getting that in one day? It blew my mind. Funny enough, that’s the highest day rate I’ve ever had.

When I first moved to Atlanta and started making money here the average day rate I had was $100 dollars a day.

I would say that’s the usual amount for people just starting out, and I wouldn’t take anything less than that if I were you. Paid shoots also run, for the most part, a lot smoother than unpaid sets. Everything is more organized and people know their places. This is where you have to be on top of your game. Show everyone that it was worth paying you.

Decide On Film Jobs

The tricky part in all of this is deciding which jobs to take. Paid work in the beginning is a no brainer. Do it, you’re getting paid, but for free work, it’s something you should always consider for a few reasons.

One of them being great opportunities. If a huge company or a celebrity were to approach you about filming something, but they don’t have the money to pay you, consider doing it anyways. It could lead to more important connections or it could be a great way to get your name out there. Now if a small business approaches you about doing a free commercial, that might be one you can pass up. It’s all judgment based of course, and take the jobs you want to do but be smart. Don’t let people think they can get great free content from you, because then you’ll never get paid.

Take Any Jobs At The Start

Filmmaking is a tricky industry, and I can’t quite say I’ve figured it out completely. The best thing to do if you’re starting out is to take any jobs you can get and once you’ve been doing that for a while, start to take on less free work.

Build your network and focus your energy on those who value your time and energy. Once you’ve got a solid network, and you’re consistently making money, it’s not as much of an uphill battle. Choose your jobs wisely and work hard, that’s all there is to it.