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Episode 117 – Advice for a 15yr Old Filmmaker

This week Timothy and Alrik answer a listener question from a 15 year old filmmaker, read a itunes review and catch up on what they’ve been doing lately. All that and much more on this week’s Making Movies is Hard!

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Catching Up

Alrik and Timothy talk about what they’ve been up to and how busy they are about to be.

Advice for a 15 Year Old Filmmaker

We received an email from Bryce in San Jose and he writes:

I am a 15 year old filmmaker from San Jose Bay Area, I’ve wrote , directed and shot 3 short films (There not very good). so what would you recommend for young filmmaker trying to make connections in the Bay Area. Would you recommend working for free to gain experience and connections? It would be great to hear an episode about this topic. I want to get a head start for when I go “professional” , so currently I’m just gaining as much knowledge as possible. Although I was considering trying to intern on shoots just to Gain experience, when I turn 16. I’ve heard many different opinions for and against film school, but I don’t know yet, it would be great to hear your opinion on the topic. My main question is, in general, how do you find people to collaborate with?  Because making movies is hard especially by yourself.

Our Advice for Bryce

  • Look for people your age to collaborate with.
  • Get as much experience as you can.
  • Learn how to work hard.
  • Get on big sets (or as big as you can).

In the vein of ‘Share whatever you have, if you are willing to talk about it’ here’s a music video I shot with a friend of mine when I was probably 17 or so.


Our First Three Star Review

We got our first three star written review, hooray!

Timothy and Alrik talk over the review, what it means to us and do our best to respond to the criticism.

Alrik then brings up another negative email they received, which probably didn’t need mentioning, but, well what can we say.

Thanks to everyone who has responded to the show and keep it coming, good or bad, we want to know what you think!

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  • What do you guys think Bryce should do? Go to film school, just keep making movies, work as a PA? All of the above?