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The Truth about Learning How to Be a Film Director

posted 24 Feb 2013, 11:38 by Mpelembe   [ updated 24 Feb 2013, 11:39 ]

If you want to learn to be a film director, then you must
realize that directing films is a job that despite some
stories about lucky people, requires an education. Quentin
Tarantino dropped out of high school and never went to film
school, but that is a rare situation. There are lots of
college programs offering access to the latest lights,
cameras, and film making technology -- but the truth is,
the best education for a film career is on the job training.

The education requirements for learning the techniques to
become a director also means you can get certification for
the technical aspects of film making. The actual work as a
director can be challenging, yet flexible and very
rewarding. Courses of study often focus on the elements of
a successful film plot, style and characters. But there's

Directors need to know every aspect of a film's production,
from editing to cinematography to digital sound effects.
Anyone interested in film probably already has inexpensive
modern digital cameras and editing software. But that just
means that film making and directing has never been more
accessible to anyone, so there is lots of competition in
the field. Very few first time directors get to work on
million dollar budget blockbuster films. Directors
typically must work their way up, often by directing music
videos, or commercials, and the salaries for film and movie
directors are unpredictable and you start out on the low

There are plenty of websites filmmakers should track, such
as or
These are all places where independent movie makers gather
to discuss tips and tricks. Schools for directing and some
university websites have started hosting videos of mentor
teachers helping anyone who wants to learn how to be a film

These schools are accredited and will prepare you for all
the steps to make your own feature film, music video or
commercial. And the best ones find you mentorships where
you work under the direct supervision of a professional
director in the film industry. Usually within six months,
you'll have all the experience, knowledge and connections
you need to either direct your first feature, or get a job.
The advantage of an apprenticeship is that your personal
tutor, or a private mentor, will teach you just about all
you need to know. But best of all perhaps, is that they
will introduce you to their connections in the film
business. You will also get to work on real movie, TV,
commercial or music video projects while training for the

This method is proven to work, and it sure beats sitting in
some overcrowded, overpriced college classroom. Check out
what our students and mentors are saying about a career in
film directing on YouTube. Just type in what you are
looking for - like how to become a film director.

About the Author:

Writer and social media expert Kristin Gabriel works with
the Los Angeles film school known as the Film Connection,
Inc. (, a fully accredited
academic institution certified by the National Private
Schools Accreditation Alliance. The school provides
educational apprentice programs for the film, radio,
television and the music recording industries in more than
100 cities in 50 states. The schools provide the
entertainment industry with graduate apprentices and entry
level employees.