1. Your top priority is the film. Do whatever you can to make it the best it can be, even if you have to make personal sacrifices to do so!
2. Try to keep morale on set high at all times! This can result in a more efficient shoot but, more importantly, it makes everything more
3. Planning is crucial. Make sure every shot and scene is planned out in detail (especially on bigger shoots) to save time and reduce frustration. This can be done easily with storyboards and shooting schedules.
4. No matter what role you're doing on set (or in the editing suite) if you're working with others, don't forget to say please and thank you and try not to lose your temper!
5. If you are a director you need to have a vision of how the film is going to look, although don't be scared of listening to other people's suggestions too. Welcome ideas from cast and crew, you're under no obligation to use them but they might be able to offer something
6. Beg and borrow as much kit as possible! Look around you - do your friends / family / school / college / work have access to filmmaking gear you could use?
7. If you don't ask, you won't get! Don't be afraid of asking for favours. The independent filmmaking scene relies on pulling in favours from friends, family and even mere acquaintances! The film industry is all about who you know so make contacts wherever possible!
8. Use the power of the internet. There are various free tools online to help you get your film made, from script writing to editing software so get downloading! And once it's made, get your film out there using online distribution channels like YouTube.
9. Watch as many films as possible. You don't have to go to film school to learn about making films. The best way to learn is to DO so, once you've watched a lot of films, get out there and MAKE!
10. Join Club Flix! Send us your short films for the chance of getting them on our online showcase. We're a filmmaking resource for young people and, regardless of where you live, you can find film related information and opportunities on our website www.clubflix.co.uk
Tips and advice on how to become a professional Filmmaker supplied by Emma Earle Development and Support Worker at Club Flix.