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How to Find People to Make Films With.

Updated: May 24, 2023

One of the best ways to learn how to make films is by actually making them, and to do that, it helps to have filmmaking friends. Here are a couple of quick tips on how to find them:

Facebook Groups

No matter which city you live in, you can search for "city name filmmakers" on Facebook, and you'll find plenty of groups dedicated to this. I understand that nowadays Facebook is often associated with older relatives and people with questionable beliefs, but it serves one purpose really well—building communities. By joining one of these groups, you'll start seeing posts about film shoots happening in your area which might need people to help. Volunteer yourself, and before you know it, you'll have a group of new friends who share your passion for filmmaking.

School or University Societies

Some fortunate schools and universities have their own filmmaking societies or groups. They are usually easy to join and primarily focused on education. However, they can also be a gateway to meeting other societies, participating in film competitions, and in rare cases, hosting interviews with your favourite filmmakers.

The Lobby of Your Local Cinema

I get it, this one might be tough for introverts like me. But think about it, where are you most likely to find filmmakers? Definitely not on a mushroom farm—just kidding. It's the cinema.

After watching a film, if you see a group of people discussing it, muster up the courage to contribute your own opinion. You might end up making new friends. Even the cinema staff members are knowledgeable and always eager to talk. They might even inform you about upcoming events related to film that you should attend. However, a word of caution: If you disliked a film and come across someone raving about it, resist the urge to tell them why they're wrong. No one appreciates that person.

Free Arts Workshops

Due to cuts in arts funding, this one might be a bit unlikely, but it's worth a shot. Try googling "free local filmmaking classes" and see what comes up. You might get lucky and find a local workshop organised by a filmmaker who wants to give back to the community. By attending such workshops, you'll meet a group of passionate individuals who are just as enthusiastic about making films as you are.

It's Ok To Go it Alone

Sometimes, it can be challenging to push yourself to make new friends. However, don't worry if you don't feel up to it. Some amazing films have been made by a film crew of one. So, perhaps that's the path for you. Once you win an Oscar for your short film, then you can start thinking about assembling a team.

Remember, building a network of filmmaking friends can greatly enhance your learning experience and provide opportunities for collaboration. Good luck on your filmmaking journey!

(John McEwan-Whyte)

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