Seven Tips for Aspiring Filmmakers



Graphic by Noemi Gonzalez

This year, the Sedona International Film Festival celebrated its 20th anniversary. I, along with three other ASU students, attended the festival as an intern on the social media team. As an aspiring filmmaker, my time at the festival allowed me to speak with notable directors, talent and other film enthusiasts, all of whom had thoughtful, unique outlooks on the industry. Their wisdom and advice were both encouraging and inspiring. Here are a few tips for fellow aspiring creatives:

Tip #7 - Want to make a good film? Before picking up your director’s hat, pick up a book.

Actress Stefanie Powers, best known for her role as Jennifer Hart in the 1980's television series Hart to Hart, says, "Filmmaking is essentially storytelling. If you don't read a few books from time to time, how are you going to tell a story?"



Tip #6 - You can have a career in the film industry along with a family.  It simply requires balance.

SPM SIFF 2014 Naomi Watts from The State Press on Vimeo.

Tip #5 - Believe in what you do.

SPM SIFF 2014 Pushpa Basnet from The State Press on Vimeo.

Tip #4 - Films can change the world. 

SPM SIFF 2014 Morgan and Sarandon from The State Press on Vimeo.

Tip #3 - Make an impact with your work, regardless of how big your audience is.

SPM SIFF 2014 Mandela from The State Press on Vimeo.

Tip #2 - You either have it or you don't.

SPM SIFF 2014 Brand from The State Press on Vimeo.

Tip #1 - Get rid of your plan B and C...and D.

SPM SIFF 2014 Dibble from The State Press on Vimeo.

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