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HOW DO I GET THERE?
To meet the educational qualifications required to become a film director, you need to complete your 10+2 examinations, preferably in the arts stream.
Score well in your 10+2 examination and enrol for a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Film + Media) degree programme. This course helps you learn about shooting movie scenes, writing stories for film, understanding how to use cameras for film-making, using audio and music to make movies exciting and more. It takes over three years to complete. The course itself has modules that encourage students to produce short films and videos. You could also pursue your Bachelors in Mass Media (BMM). Another option is to enrol in film direction courses online.
After completing your film studies, you can start working with directors and media houses. You won’t be working on the more important tasks, but you can serve as an assistant/intern to gain experience. Film direction also involves tasks like screenplay, post-production and more, where your inputs will come handy. So, start out small and learn all you can.
As you gain experience, you will eventually learn about budgeting and other aspects of film-making. You can then start executing your plans, distribute them across different channels and watch your audience get entertained. Congratulations, you are now officially a film director!
Pro Tip: You can become a director without enrolling for these courses as well. Wondering how? You can start by directing short films. Write down your ideas, create a story and a plot. You could meet like-minded people and pool in your ideas and resources. Start saving money to get things moving. As far as equipment, actors, video editors and musicians are concerned, they can all be leased out at budget-friendly prices. Starting out is all that matters. So, make arrangements for filmmaking equipment, use social media platforms to promote your work, and start making a name for yourself. Submit your movie as an entry to film festivals. Producers always look at movies playing at a festival. You could get noticed and soon join the big leagues!