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5 TIPS to MAKE MONEY as a FILMMAKER (for everyone)-ucdpvFCDM9k

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5 TIPS to MAKE MONEY as a FILMMAKER (for everyone)-ucdpvFCDM9k

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So, the European Unionhas passed Article 13.
To celebrate, let’s check outsome memes from our Discord server!
Meme review!
“Yannick, catch.”
“Yannick, catch.”
That’s a nice one!
“Me: 3 hours into animatinga complex mask”.
“My Adobe: I have decidedI want to die”.
Yeah, pretty much sums it up.
“When Jordy answers yourquestion on the Q&A”.
“Happy noise”.
That’s true, we do a ton of Q&Aon the Discord server.
“Me, new video,my grandmother’s funeral”.
Thank you, I guess.
“After Effects”.
“Premiere Pro”.
That’s how we roll at Cinecom.
Alright, those were some memesto celebrate article 13.
Let’s get into the video,roll the Intro!
[Cinecom’s intro music]
Hey guys, Jordy here for cinecom.netand welcome to Creative Tuesday!
A couple weeks back the community-you guys- started a Discord server.
We are also active on it and doa lot of fun things like Q&A’s,
Copy Cat Radio, contests,there’s also a meme channel.
So, if you like to join as well, locatea link in the description below.
Now, let’s get serious, guys.
One of the questions I often getis how can you make a living
or at least earn somemoney with filmmaking?
Many younger people areafraid to attend film school
because they are afraidthat there’s no future in it.
So, that’s why I’d like to share some tips
for both, students that liketo earn an extra buck,
and filmmakers that arealready doing this full time,
but might struggle to find enough work.
A little bit of back story:I’ve been to film school myself
and immediately after, I startedworking as an independent filmmaker.
Over the course of seven years now,I’ve had many ups and downs,
I’ve learned a ton of new things andthat’s what I wanna share with you all.
For the past two years,I’ve had a very stable income.
I also employ two people full time,Yannick and Lorenzo.
But of course, this didn’thappen overnight.
I’ve worked super hard,I’ve had very though times,
but I’m super happy thatI went through it.
Alright, the first tip, and this issomething that anyone can do.
Create stock clips, effects,transitions, templates, whatever,
and sell that online.
You hear me talking a lotabout Storyblocks,
they are also sponsoring our channel,
but all of the video assetsthat you can find on there
are created by people likeyou around the world.
Stock websites like theseare getting more and more popular
as the demand gets bigger.
Just to give you an example: here’s anAfter Effects template from their library.
With my active subscription I can justdownload this without additional costs.
But if I would make this myself,I would spend days on it.
So, many agencies, productioncompanies or freelancers
are constantly browsing through thesestock sites, and you can contribute as well.
If you’ve got a good camera, thenuse that to sell some stunning shots.
If you don’t have a camera, then startcreating After Effects templates.
We have also created a bunch of videoeffects for the Storyblocks library
and they’ve been really taking off.
The first link in the description belowtakes you to the Storyblocks home page,
but I’m also gonna leave a link whereyou can sign up to become a contributor.
Storyblocks is not the onlystock site out there.
Every site has their own policies,so make sure to double check,
but I would always recommend to uploadyour work to multiple of these platforms,
that way you can increase the chancesomeone will purchase your work.
There are even a few stock sitesthat only sell RAW footage,
like Art Grid and Raw Film.
So if you’re a RED owner, for instance,
but struggle to find enough workto get your camera payed back,
then I would definitely look into those.
With your RED camera you’llhave something unique to offer.
Alright, Tip number 2!
You’ve just graduated from film schoolor decided to skip that
and go straight to work as a filmmaker,but you have no idea where to start now.
There’re two choices thatyou can make now:
you go independent, or you startworking for a bigger production.
Usually, when you startworking at bigger productions,
you’re going to have to work for freeor for a very minimal compensation.
The idea there is to gain experienceand work yourself up.
This is the hard way, though.
At least, it depends onthe people around you.
In some cases, it’s more ofa politics game to work yourself up,
other times you could be luckyand working in the grip department
getting a decent wage in no time.
Then the other choiceis to start independent.
And that’s how I started.
All you’re gonna need is a cameraand a computer to edit on,
and you’re good to go.
If you haven’t been to film school,
then I would suggest to reach outto small local businesses
and ask them if you could makea corporate, commercial
or social video for them.
Businesses always make a portionof their budget free for marketing.
So, with a little bit of confidence, it’s quiteeasy to start earning money in that field.
Of course, it does depend onthe country or town you live in.
At the same time you’regaining experience
and you’ll notice that you’re able toreach out to bigger companies eventually
that are going to demand a biggercreative input from you.
When you believe for yourself thatyou’ve become a better filmmaker,
then it’s time to reach outto small production houses
and marketing agencies.
Show them your portfoliothat you’ve build up over time
and present your servicesas a freelance cameraman or editor.
This route will not bring you as fastin touch with the big film industry,
but it is a faster way to makesome decent money
and get you started working full time.
Tip number 3!
You believe that you don’t have muchchances in the country or town you live in.
Well, we’ve already covered oneway to work online as a filmmaker,
but there’s another way if youdon’t like to create stock footage.
There’re several websites like Upwork, and, yes, even fiverr,
that allows you to create a profileand offer services online.
You could offer to edit someone’svideo and set a rate per hour,
or create something specific,like an intro animation.
I’ve found out that many peoplefrom India actually do this.
Agencies and production companiesfrom Europe and America
are hiring their services,which I find incredible.
Wages in India, and many othercountries, aren’t always that fair,
but because you connectyour services online,
you’re now able to askfor a decent rate.
I’ve actually worked together more oftenwith people that freelance online
when I was still makingcommercials and such.
Usually these were 3D animationsthat I know not much about.
So I was very happy that a freelancercould help me out with that.
Alright, tip number 4!
And this is more of a general advicethat comes from my own mistake.
When I started, I focussed toomuch on the creative side.
I would sell my creativity.
And way too often, someone elsewho I believed wasn’t as creative as me,
got the job.
My mistake was thatI always used arguments like:
“look how beautiful my shots are”,
and “I’m gonna create emotionin your corporate video”,
or “I’m going to light out every shot andcreate a beautiful cinematography”.
And, although you should do that,it’s not what you wanna sell.
Clients don’t wanna hear that.
Clients want someone who caresabout their product or service.
So, that means you talk about themand not about you.
Tell them how their productwill shine with the video you’ll make,
but don’t go too deep into howyou’re going to make that shine.
You’ll only make it complicated for them
and they will more likely choosethe story of a salesman
who never touched a camera before.
Even when you’re planningto work for bigger productions,
the people there wanna hearabout your willingness and effort
and not about how good you are.
You’re gonna have to prove how goodyou are while you’re working there.
So, to conclude: first get the joband then show your skills!
And that brings us to the last tip,which is networking!
If you’re looking for someoneand you can choose
between your friendsor a complete stranger,
then you’re probablygonna pick your friend.
That’s usually gonna be the casewhenever you get invited for a new job.
And there are gonna be two waysto improve your social skills.
The first one is to -literally- network.
You can visit a network event, wheredozens of small business owners
come together to getto know each other better
and perhaps exchange servicesin a casual environment.
I’ve done that a lot and it hashelped me to get my very first clients.
For instance, I got in touchwith a manager from a BMW franchise.
We talked a bit, got familiarwith each other
and a month later I was shootinga commercial for them.
Getting to know a potential client in acasual way first is gonna help tremendous!
Now, networking not only takes place atnetwork events but also on the set itself.
If you’re asked to be the cameramanin a production,
then don’t just be the cameraman, but tryto socialize with the other crew members.
Don’t sit on your phone during two takes,
I would even suggest to turn offyour phone the entire day
and force yourself to talk about casualstuff with the other people around you.
Make sure they rememberyou after the production,
so that when they’re looking for a newcamera guy again, they’ll think about you!
So, those were my 5 tips to get you startedmaking some money as a filmmaker.
I really hope that I’ve inspired youto get started, as well.
Thank you so much for watching,thank you Storyblocks for the support
and like always:
Stay Creative!
-Hey guys, we’re currently workingsuper hard on our short film,
we’re currently building all the sets,as you can see right here,
we got a long hallway and back there,we got something we call the basement.
This right here is Yannick, and over therewe have something we call “Lorenzo”.
Where’s Lorenzo?
He’s in the basement, oh, Lorenzo!

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