The key to success in any career is professional development—continuously furthering your education—and film is no exception. With trends, technology, and industry standards changing daily, it is becoming more and more important to set aside time to keep up with the latest and greatest.
Fortunately, this doesn’t mean you need to go back to school or purchase new software right away—in fact, you don’t even need to pull out that overworked credit card to get started. Jump into some free training right in the comfort of your own home through online webinars. Here are a few that can get you started in the right direction.
“How to Write a Screenplay”
This webinar, provided by ScriptMag, gives viewers advice from on expert team on how to… wait for it… write a screenplay. (Did the title give it away?) Get the lowdown in this free download on everything from creating your outline to writing a pitch line, or logline. This webinar boasts assistance in making your first draft look as if it were a third or fourth draft, so this will certainly be of assistance to those who are new to the competitive game of screenplay writing.
“Getting Better Audio”
Continuous learning doesn’t need to be time-consuming—this webinar is only 20 minutes long and can certainly fit into your lunch break. Cinevate is the provider of this webinar on how to get better audio when filming, and they also have a great archive of past webinars on filmmaking and photography that are free for viewers to access. Keep an eye out for their upcoming events as well!
“Thought Leadership Series”
Don’t let the dates on this webpage turn you off. They may have been posted last year, but there are a lot of webinars in this series that provide viewers with valuable information that build the foundation for current trends. The International Film Festival gives pointers from film festival experts all over the world on topics from finding funding for the festival (say that three times fast) to how the role of festival programmers really brings together the event.
“Shared Production Storage for Peak Productivity”
Have you ever dealt with sharing the storage space during a production project? It gets pretty complicated, doesn’t it? Get some project management tips and advice on file-based storage best practices through this webinar sponsored by StudioDaily and Harmonic. Take a look at their archives for other webinars that may be of interest as well!
“Fitness in Post”
This one is coming up soon—mark your calendars for June 3, 2014! (If you miss it, no worries, you can rent it afterwards or attend other great upcoming webinars on Moviola.) This webinar, hosted by Zack Arnold with IMDB credits as an editor of Glee and Burn Notice, will step away from the technicalities of film editing and focus on maintaining your health and well-being in a position that sticks you in front of a computer all day, every day.
Now, I’m doing marketing at a film production company for their upcoming documentary. The team is small and everyone wears many hats, which is an ideal situation to be in when you want to experience as much as possible! I’m also freelancing in various media platforms, and every day I’m learning something new about how to stand out from the crowd in this fast-paced industry. I’m excited to share what I learn through The Media Chronicles!