Film Careers – How Do You Make Sense of Your Filmography?

Perhaps you’re in the process of creating your filmography and you’re not quite sure where to begin. It is not surprising that so many filmmakers don’t know where to begin – they know all the basics but not the ins and outs of what their filmmaking career should look like.

A filmmaker’s filmography is, without a doubt, the most crucial element of the entire process. It tells us how long a person has been making films. That can be extremely helpful in determining exactly how long you should be working and spending your time with your projects.

For those who are new to the world of filmmaking there are many different elements to consider. Those are like life and death in many ways. After all, if you start out shooting a lot of feature films you will have a great deal of experience to draw from. So before you make any significant changes to your filmography it might be a good idea to put together a chronological listing of the projects you have completed.

Being able to identify the various elements of a filmography can go a long way in assisting a new filmmaker when they decide to shoot a feature film or television program. There is no need to make arbitrary decisions about how long a film should be and when they should have been made.

Simply be aware of all the major milestones in the filmmaking world as they occur and then make an orderly list of all the features you have worked on over the years – this will include any films that involve special effects, telecine or maybe even a reel-to-reel tape recorder. These elements are critical elements of film history and you will certainly want to make an effort to get to know them.

Keep your list of the films that come after a specific milestone of your filmography. Take special care to try to remember all the highlights of your filmography.

First of all, consider what were your biggest goals in each of the films you worked on. Were they to create a buzz about your next project?

Was it a concept for a movie or was it a planned reality show? As a filmmaker, what was the original idea that drove you?

If it was a reality TV series, you are probably going to spend more time thinking about how to communicate that final result to your audience. Or perhaps you were looking to shoot a few scenes for your next short film and this was a big factor in your decision to pursue your career as a filmmaker.

Also, consider doing extensive research about your favorite actors and actresses as they come along and how they have come to be so well known. If you learn how your favorite actors have been able to maintain such a great following over the years is always a wonderful experience.

Writing a filmography may be a fun part of filmmaking but not necessarily the most important. In fact, the reason I like to have my list ready is so that I can go back and review some of the movies that I have worked on to see how I feel about them as a whole.

Having a well thought out filmography can help you realize if you really want to continue in the film industry or if you should step back and become more involved in the real life in which you are living. Understanding where you are going and where you have been can help you determine what you really want to do with your life.