How To Become a Freelance Director?

You have passion for film. You know every movie ever directed by your favorite directors – even the less appreciated ones. You drive your friends crazy on movie night, describing the artistic and dramatic techniques utilized. And you know how you would have done it better. You want to be a freelance director. Becoming a freelance director would be a dream come true. But like every dream, there is way to make that a dream becomes a reality. And that requires some directing of your own life in the right direction. If you have the passion and drive, you can become a freelance director. Let’s talk about how to do it.

Get Some Experience

No one will give you a shot without experience. But you can’t get experience without someone giving you a shot. Wrong. Maybe you can only afford secondhand and low-budget equipment right now. But everyone has to start somewhere.

Watch movies and read screenplays, focusing on how the director translates the words to the screen.

Watch movies and read screenplays, focusing on how the director translates the words to the screen.

Get your friends together and start filming shots and shorts.

Get your friends together and start filming shots and shorts.

Show your versatility by capturing various techniques.

Show your versatility by capturing various techniques.

Once you are confident in your skills, offer to direct a short promo for a non-profit pro bono (for free). Your generosity will be rewarded.

Once you are confident in your skills, offer to direct a short promo for a non-profit pro bono (for free). Your generosity will be rewarded.

Compile this into a portfolio that you can show to potential clients.

Compile this into a portfolio that you can show to potential clients.

Use a free website creator to create a beautiful website where you can showcase your skills.

Use a free website creator to create a beautiful website where you can showcase your skills.

Play to Your Strengths

A director must have a vision first before anything. He or she must know what techniques will perfectly capture the scenes. If you want to be a freelance director, you have to start developing the skills needed to direct.

Work on capturing that vision in your mind first.

Work on capturing that vision in your mind first.

Learn how to communicate your vision to others. If you can’t do this, you can’t get the shots you envision and people will not want to work with you.

Learn how to communicate your vision to others. If you can’t do this, you can’t get the shots you envision and people will not want to work with you.

Practice, practice, practice different shots: over the shoulder, tilt, panning, zoom, tracking, track-in, Dutch angles, etc.

Practice, practice, practice different shots: over the shoulder, tilt, panning, zoom, tracking, track-in, Dutch angles, etc.

Figure out what your good at and practice it some more.

Figure out what your good at and practice it some more.

But don’t let yourself become a one trick pony. You need some well-rounded skills to compete for jobs in the filmmaking marketplace.

But don’t let yourself become a one trick pony. You need some well-rounded skills to compete for jobs in the filmmaking marketplace.

Keep Developing

You may be a film prodigy, with techniques that are raw and real, but you still need to educate yourself about industry standards and fixes to common challenges. Here are some resources to get you started.

LA Video Filmmaker

www.lavideofilmmaker.com

They offer a free online film school for aspiring directors. The site is filled with ads, but, hey, that’s how they can offer so much great information for free.

Black And Blue

www.theblackandblue.com

This site is a collection of over 100 filmmaking resources, mostly free, to give you a broader understanding on the industry. They are neatly categorized so you can find what you’re looking for.

Film Riot

revision3.com/filmriot

This site entertains as it educates with comedic videos that help solve common film and directing challenges.

Diversify

This is not just about being a diverse director, but diverse in the industry. You have to work with many different players and understanding their roles means you can more effectively work with them. This will be especially helpful on small projects where you may need to take on various roles.

Take an acting lesson

Maybe actually being in front of the camera is not your first love. But Actors/Actresses speak a certain language. You need to speak that language too. Take lessons to learn this role.

Become a storyteller

Learn the format and write your own screenplay. Then direct it. This will help you make mental connections between script and screen.

Learn how to produce

Casting, marketing, financial management: all of these are important for a director to understand on some level.

Other Creator Resources

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There are currently 30 open quotes that require a Director on 90 Seconds.

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