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I want to become a travelling filmmaker - what are the best courses/resources to get started?

Answered by Anthony Knowles, freelance film maker

I have personally never taken a filmmaking course so it would be hard for me to recommend anything specific. Having said this, I have heard that a guy called Parker Welbeck over at full time filmmaker has an online course for those wishing to break into the freelance filmmaking space. I've heard it is quite good.

Although, in my honest opinion I would save your money and just start making videos. It's like learning to drive a car, you can read as many books as you like and watch as many tutorial videos as you want, but it's not until you really take control of the machine, that you start learning.

That said, the best resources for filmmakers starting out is really youtube videos and google, almost everything I know today on the practical side of filmmaking has been learned through the internet.

Not only is youtube abundant in tutorial and "how to videos'', it's full of amazing content that other filmmakers have shared with the world, if you're looking to get into travel filmmaking or any type of filmmaking for that matter, a great start is to watch professional cinematic videos for ideas and inspiration.

A great youtube channel to start with is beautiful destinations, the videos put up this channel are an example of quality filmmaking of the highest tier.

Pay close attention when you are watching these videos and ask yourself how they achieved everything that they shot, work out how they did it, then go out there and try it for yourself.

One of the most powerful resources you can utilize is other filmmakers, talk to some people who are already doing what you want to do. Talk to filmmakers who are currently traveling the world and ask them questions about how they achieved it.

You will likely hear a lot of different answers, and this is where it really depends on the individual, no one's story is the same. There's no strategy you can follow to go from a person who makes videos to a full time traveling filmmaker.

This brings me to a very important point which a lot of people forget or look past.

Filmmaking is as much about your social skills as it is about your talent behind the camera. Ever heard the saying "it's not what you know, it's who you know''?

Sometimes it's not about the equipment you own or the level of skill that you have, it's about how well you connect with others, and how strong your relationships are.

Nine times out of ten, people are going to stick with the people who are the closest to them, the people they trust, the familiar faces.

That's not to say that they will completely look past your ability and hire you, but they are a lot more likely to be lenient in that regard. As you progress in the freelance filmmaking world, you will start to realize that the jobs and opportunities you get, are largely determined by the people you know, the relationships you build, and the networks you develop.

Work on building those strong meaningful relationships with the right individuals and it will change your entire world quicker than you can imagine.

If you haven't already, I highly recommend reading a book called ‘How to Win Friends and Influence People' by Dale Carnegie. This book goes in depth about how your relationships are directly correlated with your success, in this book it states that success is mostly determined by how you interact with others and a little bit determined by technical ability. If you're struggling to create those important relationships with others, I'd strongly recommend reading this book and taking on board its teachings.

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