How to make a living as a filmmaker
Rainy Day Films founder Rebekah Gilbertson and co-owner, Nicole Carmen-Davis recently provided a Masterclass for Met Film School’s MA Producing students. Request a prospectus to find out more about Postgraduate practical programmes offered at Met Film School.
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Rainy Day Films is a leading UK production company, whose films have featured a range of British stars, including Kiera Knightley, Rhys Ifans and Jonathan Rhys Meyers. We caught up with them after their masterclass to find out what advice they could offer budding filmmakers planning to set up their own filmmaking business.
They provided Met Film School students with their top tips on how to make a living as a filmmaker:
- Connect with people whose creative vision matches yours. Rebekah set up Rainy Day Films in 2006 and joined forces with Nicole after meeting her at industry programme “Inside Pictures”. Both agree that the whole production process is so much easier when you have someone else to work with, who acts as a sounding board for ideas. Joining forces with a group of individuals with complementary filmmaking skills will help your filmmaking dream grow and flourish
- Consider focusing on a key genre Rainy Day Films has produced a number of films where there is a strong female lead and they have also branched out into family orientated productions. Think of where your interests lie and take it from there.
- Networking is vital, but it’s not all about parties!Getting in front of the right people to sell your idea is crucial for anyone planning to succeed in filmmaking. Rebekah and Nicole stress however, filmmaking networking isn’t all about parties. It’s focused networking that makes the difference. Make the most of the people you know to help you arrange face-to-face meetings to explore opportunities.
- Consider distribution of your project upfront. Getting a sales agent on board from the start of your project can make all the difference in terms of distribution. The international festival circuit can also help independent films get noticed by distributors.
- The most important thing is not to give up. Filmmaking can be a slow process. It is also about teamwork and it is important to keep going and that you find like-minded people you respect and like to support you on your filmmaking journey.