I'm an aspiring filmmaker in Collage/University at the moment and I have noticed something whilst on set: everyone I have met has a different story about how they joined the film/machinima industry. I'm wondering about how some of you got into it. Perhaps we can all take inspiration from our stories and learn something about the industry in the process.
Please note: I am a Brit so picture myself with Tea and Scones whilst I tell you my story:
I started my University/collage life studying Chemistry. It's the time of your life where you think: "well, I'd better do something with my life" and Chemistry was one of my best results after school. Seemed like a no-brainer.
Usually, a new place and time in my life equals: "I can be who ever I want" but it ended up with myself being unhappy, living in a 6 bedroom flat by myself for a year and suffering with the deaths of my Grandparents a couple of days before I sat my exams. So, as you guessed, I kinda did bad in my exams results. I had taken another year to repeat the course to see if I could have no drama and pass my exams. During this second year attempt I realised something: "I really hate Chemistry"
This lead me to go and make a re-assessment of my life. What do I like doing? Something that I could make a career out of! So I stopped for a moment and had a deep long thought about this question.
Nothing. Absolutely nothing came to my head. Then I realised something when I was watching YouTube videos: "Why can't I go and do what they are doing?" then adding the mixture of TV and Film having the same question:
"Why can't I go and do what they are doing?"
That is where I am now: Studying films, practising what I preach and taking opportunities to get myself on productions and noticed so I can make a career out of it. Still a lot to learn but taking the most optimistic approach possible.
What about you? What got you into filming/machinima industry?
Any advice for people to get better at it?
Any and all comments are appreciated :)