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List of 10 Things You Need to Learn Before Leaving the Film School

  1. Learn how to write different types of pitches (from an elevator pitch to a complete pitch) and how to pitch your projects to others using them.
  2. Learn how to write a treatment and what the difference is between a treatment and an outline.
  3. Learn as much as possible about film festivals, start attending festivals while at the film school. You need this knowledge to know what to do once you make your films.
  4. Learn how to use social media to your advantage and how to promote yourself and your work on social media.
  5. Learn how the finances work in the entertainment business.
  6. Learn how to budget and break down scripts for budgeting.
  7. Learn how to write a CV and a cover letter.
  8. Learn different jobs’ specifications, so you know who is in charge of what on the film set.
  9. Learn how to network in the best possible way that suits your personality. There is no point pursuing aggressive networking if you hate that process every step of the way.
  10. Decide what your next move is going to be before you leave the school: make plans, prepare and act on it. Time flies by very quickly, and as you probably know by now, it takes a long time to make a film so use your time wisely.

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