anyone know how to get in to films

anyone know how to get in to films

12 posts
3 May 2013
Acting films tv.etc its something ive been looking at doing for years now i just have no idea where too start xxx

Posted 3 May 2013
Keltica
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Keltica
You go to acting school, get a degree, work in bit parts with no pay, get an agent, and if your are very, very, very, very, very, very lucky or kiss a director, you get a walk on part with no dialogue.

Easy really.



Posted 3 May 2013
casting agencies for film extras and supporting artists! You might have to forgo the castings for period dramas especially medieval films with short dyed hair and tattoos but they could put you forward for pop vids or reality TV stuff and probably lots of stuff i've never even heard of. Often work starts before sunrise and you have to stay well into the evening but if you dont mind that, have great fun!

Posted 3 May 2013
laylarc
Model
laylarc
Keltica
You go to acting school, get a degree, work in bit parts with no pay, get an agent, and if your are very, very, very, very, very, very lucky or kiss a director, you get a walk on part with no dialogue. Easy really.
Nope. Having a degree or snogging a director has got nothing to do with it, and you don't need an agent to get started. Plus there is paid work to be found even for newbies on the interactive (sales/gambling) channels. That's an incredibly assumptive and ignorant response. There will be an indie film scene in your town. Get involved with it. Even if you just make the tea. That's it really. Good luck!
Posted 4 May 2013
JeromeRazoir
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JeromeRazoir
Join Equity.

To do that you have to demonstrate that you have a job.

To get a job you have to demonstrate that you are a member of Equity.

Easy.




More practical is buying Stage every week and going through the small ads. Be CAREFUL, just as you would with modelling jobs. Go to as many open auditions as you can. Have several pieces well prepared, including a Shakespeare or even two. You need to be able to act. If you can't do that; give up now.
Posted 4 May 2013
Edited by ForumModerator 4 May 2013
Go to drama school, join spotlight, join equity, get an agent, audition for 100 things and maybe only get 1 or 2. It's not easy but if you are determined and good it can happen. If you aren't interested in acting but just want to be in film join an extras agency.

Best of luck

Posted 4 May 2013
w4pictures
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w4pictures
Its not really something to go into if you're vaguely interested, but more if you have an undying passion. It is one of the most competitive industries in the world. Most actors are largely out of work and they are the ones who have followed the route outlined by catherine_s above, so that is the route you should consider if its your dream. Occasionally, people get a lucky break but its rare.

It is certainly a business where who you know is as or more important than what you know.

Extra work is more available. There are agencies like Ray Knight and Ugly. Look at their websites and think whether you offer something unique. In TV, the working day is eleven hours on set and the pay is around £100 for "background artistes". Some models here can earn that by lunchtime.

Stand in work is also one to look for if you can identify a well-known actress who is the same size, shape and colouring as you.

Good luck.

Posted 4 May 2013
jes
Model
jes
It's quite easy to get TV extra work but most people who are serious actors don't start off this way but rather go to acting school.

Posted 4 May 2013
w4pictures
Its not really something to go into if you're vaguely interested, but more if you have an undying passion. It is one of the most competitive industries in the world. Most actors are largely out of work and they are the ones who have followed the route outlined by catherine_s above, so that is the route you should consider if its your dream. Occasionally, people get a lucky break but its rare. It is certainly a business where who you know is as or more important than what you know. Extra work is more available. There are agencies like Ray Knight and Ugly. Look at their websites and think whether you offer something unique. In TV, the working day is eleven hours on set and the pay is around £100 for "background artistes". Some models here can earn that by lunchtime. Stand in work is also one to look for if you can identify a well-known actress who is the same size, shape and colouring as you. Good luck.
Yup it can be soul destroying, but it's the love of it that keeps people going, don't go into it if it's just an 'idea' not only is it really hard, but it will also cost you a fortune! If you are really, really keen I am more than happy to chat to you via PM. I'm no expert but I've been on the 'circuit' if you like for nearly 4 years since graduating drama school.
Posted 5 May 2013
Crippen
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Crippen
If you've got a purse full of money, then I'd suggest you get some cards/flyers printed and get your arse down to the Cannes Film Festival next week.

Failing that, I'd personally think about putting together a showreel (think of it as an actor's portfolio). Dig out some scripts online (film, TV, Theatre - a bit of variety is always good) and have a practice. When you are confident enough, ask someone to film you reading lines.

You can usually hire costumes (if you need them) from your local theatre.

Once you have a showreel, sign up to Starnow, Shooting people, casting call pro, etc. + Spotlight and Equity as already mentioned.

Things like Horror Film Festivals (GRIMM UP NORTH is in Manchester) are worth popping along to, as there's always a few film makers or people who know film makers, in attendance. Chat them up, give them a card, direct them to your online showreel.

There's a couple of guys on here who make fantastically freaky little Indie Films. They might be worth approaching...

http://www.purestorm.com/marcblackie

http://www.purestorm.com/ECAWS_FILMS

Good luck
Dave
And certainly sign up for acting classes. That's an absolute must.
Posted 5 May 2013
Edited by Crippen 5 May 2013
Spotlight, Equity and Casting Call Pro, require at least 3-4 professional paid credits, and/or accredited drama school training for entry.
Spotlight is essential to be taken seriously in the industry and they don't accept unpaid work, shorts, commercials, music videos or online work as 'professional' credits.

While I agree getting practice in front of a camera is great, don't spend lots of money with out having some training behind you first.

Posted 5 May 2013
There is a lot of local movie makers everywhere with some better than others of course. Many make shorts and are always looking for actors to participate. Generally no budget no pay deals but it gives you the chance to get in front of the camera and show what you can do.

Not sure about your area but Google or search Youtube for the area you live in - indie film makers etc.

It's a good start to get to know others who aspire to be in movies.

Posted 5 May 2013
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