Gavin Humphries, producer of 'Pin Cushion' and Managing Editor of global video channel NOWNESS, captivated our audience of budding filmmakers during our online Q&A. Below are five tips from the many insightful answers Gavin gave us as well as a link to the full Q&A.
1. Don't be afraid to get a mix of filmmaking experiences to remain versatile.
'Filmmakers coming through now don't see themselves in a lane as doing only film or only documentary, have a more 'portfolio' approach to your career'
2. Hone your craft through short filmmaking.
'Short filmmaking gives you a chance to be fearless, to make mistakes and successes'
3. Film school is a great place to build friendships & collaborative partnerships.
'It's great to have that time to meet other people, find out what they like, what their taste is. You develop a language with someone on the same course, not having to censor yourself and be who you are which helps develop those relationships'
4. Be personal & specific when reaching out to production companies.
'It helps if you get a sense of passion from somebody, mention what you love about their work'
5. Every connection is a good connection.
'Opportunities don't always show themselves straight away, filmmaking is full of long term relationships that might not bear fruit immediately but you have to be patient.'
Do you have a head for film? Join the next BA (Hons) Filmmaking enrolment starting September 2020 and kick-start your filmmaking career!