Working on a student film for experience and scenes for your reel- What you need to know
Often new actors and actresses will work on student films for free in exchange for experience, a copy DVD of the movie for their reel and snacks.
Working with film students is a great way to learn the ins and outs of working on movie sets.
This also gives you the advantage of meeting filmmakers in training who may have a bright future in the industry.
Establishing a relationship with someone is much easier when you both start from the bottom and keep in touch as you both grow.
Benefits of working with film students:
- Learn to work in sets
- Meet other actors/actresses
- Meet future filmmakers & crew
- Gain real experience
- Practice what you have learned in acting class
- Have material to add to reel & resume
- Have kick ass behind the scenes pictures to add to your social media
- Constantly flex your acting muscles
- Learn more about yourself and develop your skills even more
Where to find casting calls for student films:
Go to your local university’s website or your local college websites and find their film department. Ask to be added to their list for any upcoming projects.
Visit the websites listed on the resources section of my e-book The Actor's Guide to Getting an Agent in Texas - A step by step guide to acting in Texas & directory resource guide with a complete guide to working with student filmmakers.
- Get a signed form stating you WILL receive a copy of your scenes even if the film is never completed or screened.
- Ask the student filmmaker for his or her professor’s name in case you need to ask for your copy of the film or in case anything goes wrong.
- Be very patient on set, student filmmakers are learning as you sit there and wait and they are already stressed about lighting and angles and everything else.
- Student filmmakers working on their student thesis films will more likely complete their film and have more experience under their belts than others.
- Have fun but remain professional.
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