Every year Movie Making Magazine comes out with an article about the best cities to live in for filmmaking.
In the video, we talk about the best cities to live in to make films in 2019. Later on in the video we discuss why it doesn't matter as much as it used to. (Watch the video at the bottom of the page)
A few years ago I lived in Pittsburgh and then moved to Austin, Texas to follow the industry. My most successful projects have came out of my little home town area. It was a good idea to get started in those film cities while learning the ropes.
If you want a shortcut, here's the list:
The state has an incredible tax incentive that has made the area boom with business. It's more affordable than Los Angeles and still has the nice weather. There's a ton of talent there to work on movies with you that want to be working on films. It's a good mix of new industry talent and experience.
Canada also has a lucrative tax incentive. There's also a lot of productions happening here, sot he talent lives and works in the city already.
LA is still a hub of people interested in filmmaking. I wouldn't suggest people move straight to LA, but go here after you have some experience behind you. There's tons of talent to work with in the city, but you'll have to compete with all the other projects going on.
They have a lot of commercial production and quite a bit of television. It's a more unique way to cut your teeth in the filmmaking industry.
New York City
Well.... it's super expensive to live in New York, but there's tons of TV and commercial work. You'll have even more trouble finding collaborators because "everyone is busy."
What is great about Philly is the fact that it's easy to access other US cities. It's within driving distance to New York City, Washington DC, and Pittsburgh. There's also a major airport that gives you access to many other cities.
Louisiana has crazy tax credits going on. There's a lot of people making great money working on films here. There's not as big of an indie film scene, but it's growing.
You don't need to live in a major city to make movies anymore. Challenges exist everywhere, but so do opportunities. So take your pick and start making movies.
BTW, Movie Maker did come out with their 2019 list.
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Gary Vee and about every marketing resource out there tells us that we need to be documenting our process.
Does this apply to filmmakers?
If so, what should we be documenting?
Gone are the days you can film behind the scenes and people will go crazy over it.
Should you film behind the scenes still?
Absolutely! But you should be doing more too.
Thankfully, vlogging has made it more acceptable for behind the scenes to be more low budget. AND everyone on set has a video camera in their pocket.
So, of course, film behind the scenes on set.
It's valuable to show more of the process too. The trick is, how much and what parts?
You're a filmmaker, you know the process isn't always glamorous. There is a ton of sitting behind the computer, or pouring over contracts, or a wall of notecards.
That's all good stuff!
You should also talk about how it relates to other parts of your life.
Tell us about your storyboarding process.
Tell us about that location fiasco and what you're going to do about it.
Some of my favorite YouTube creators used to share this process. Many of them have give up too fast. The notable exception is Darius Britt. He is killing it by BOTH documenting and creating. It took Darius years before he started gaining traction.
This advice is for myself too. Both in the content I share here and the vlog-style behind the scenes I'm making for my next film.
Start sharing your process. All the unglamorous parts. I want to hear about how your managing to raise two kids and do SAG paperwork. I want to hear about how moving half way across the country completely derailed post production. I REALLY want to hear what you're doing while screening at or waiting for film festivals.
Let's document AND create.
This chart below is something I found awhile ago speaking about "how to monetize your skills." In general it's a useful example of the interest in what you're doing. There are A TON of people out there taking an interest in filmmaking or getting started. Show them what you're working on.
Hi. I’m Craig and I have a film degree.
It feels a little dirty to say. With so many resources online and the ability to get your hands on a video recording device for the price of a videogame, the value of paying for film school has diminished drastically.
I do still think there is value in film school. Networking, focusing solely your craft for two to six years, and being forced to work on deadlines are just a few of the benefits you’d have trouble finding without it. (Here's a guide on how to do all that on your own)
Even though I think film SCHOOL has value, I’m not convinced that a film DEGREE does. I would argue that getting a degree in creative writing, psychology, financing, business management, or marketing would be a MUCH better use of your time and money. Those degrees would all help you achieve the same filmmaking goals-- maybe even moreso.
Here is a list of successful filmmakers who never got a film degree:
This post originally appeared on Sideline Pictures' Blog written by Craig Inzana.
Many great filmmakers never went to film school. In part because there was much less competition.
The reason there is so much more competition these days is because resources are so widely available. This is EXACTLY why you don't need to go to film school.
Some concentrations lend themselves better to formal schooling (like cinematography, sound, editing), but even those might be better off mentoring under a professional.
Here are five steps you can take to educate yourself and start a filmmaking career without spending tens of thousands of dollars: