When I started out in the film business I didn't have any training, I had no film school background and I hadn't been to university. I painted sets for nine years in Toronto, and I was a runner at the BBC here in London for two years during the last year of Monty Python.
But what if I was trying to break in now? What are the 3 most useful jobs, the 3 hardest crew members to crew in today's digital age?
Read my article: The 3 Key Jobs No One Can Fill
I have met Jon Reis, author, filmmaker, entrepreneur several times and admire his work. He has carved himself a niche as the go-to person for advice on ‘self distribution’ – a term he and I agree is derogatory. Better to call it distribution. But distribution handled by the filmmakers themselves.
Jon’s current crowdfunding film campaign has just ended successfully. He has written a series of wonderful articles about how filmmakers make money in movies in an age of abundance.
In Theatrical is Dead – Long Live Theatrical, Jon goes through 9 different ideas and techniques to create live events which he sees (as do I) the way forward in 'self distribution.