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MAKING IT in Film Production!

MAKING IT in Film Production! by John Gaskin

Whether you are, or want to become, a film director, or already work in some capacity in film production of any kind, this article will help you make it!

Why aren’t there more AD’s becoming Film Directors, graduating Film Students becoming filmmakers, Film Crew becoming Line Producers? Why aren’t more crew reaching the level of Department Head? Why aren’t more film school students finding work? I’m sure there are lots of reasons, but take a quiet moment to really look. Let’s see…. It’s not competence – most crew disappear pretty quickly if they’re slow witted and incompetent. Film students who graduate have shown they’re pretty smart. It’s not a lack of drive – again, for the same reasons. Wouldn’t you agree that the biggest hurdle is getting the opportunity? Well, that’s true and not true. The biggest hurdle is MAKING the opportunity.

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  • Emon August 22, 2007, 8:11 AM

    I think the pain and suffering they go through prompts a lot of them to simply give up. Besides, I’ve always thought doing a great job as an AD just makes you a better AD with more AD jobs. Most directors can’t do without a good AD and while an AD can go over to directing (James McTeigue), I don’t think the other way around has ever been witnessed. Therefore studios probably don’t encourage ADs to have bigger ambitions.

    I am not in the ‘industry’ but the above seems plausible, would you agree?

  • Wahoo October 5, 2007, 10:03 PM

    Thank you for sharing!

  • Breckin Meyer November 12, 2007, 4:04 PM

    Hey!…I Googled for film production jobs, but found your page about MAKING IT in Film Production!…and have to say thanks. nice read.