Question by iheart30stm: Is film editing a good way to get into the film industry?
So I’m 15 years old right now. My dream is to become a screenwriter, but me being a realist (more so a pessimist) I know that there’s a good chance I won’t be accepting an award for best screenplay at the Oscars. I was thinking about pursing a career in psychology as a back up, because psychology and screenwriting are my two biggest passions. But screenwriting is the thing I’m most passionate about.
I also love editing. I’ve made some videos for YouTube for TV shows and I love editing the videos. I’m going to VoTech (I go there for part of the day instead of taking electives) next year for Television Communications and Production. The class consists of directing, film editing, shooting videos, etc. After I graduate I plan to double major in film editing and screenwriting. Or major and minor in them, respectively.
So my question is: Will being a film editor make it easier for me to get my screenplays read by a producer, director, etc.? Also, I want to dabble in acting, so would being a film editor help with that too?
I don’t mean using “film editor” as a special skill on my resume. I was asking if being a film editor would help me make connections.
Like if I was working on a movie the was being produced, directed, etc. by a reputable person, if I could get them to look at my script, or get one of their friends to hire me.
Answer by Disneycastle
Having ‘film editor’ on your resume isn’t going to give you the golden ticket into hollywood. If anything, you have a better chance at trying your hand at acting if you want to be in the industry, pray you get your name at least somewhat recognizable and mention that you also do film editing. it is extremely hard for new directors, screenplay writers etc to get work that isn’t a small meaningless independent movie. Basically, fall back on phsycology because that is far more realistic as you said because breaking into the film industry is very hard and most of the time no matter how many years of experience, people don’t even make it into hollywood as anything
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