Besides the technology of filmmaking, there is also the economic side of filmmaking. That you learn by reading. ALL
filmmakers (and that means all movie directors) in Hollywood read "Weekly Variety" (print edition - weekly, not daily) and young directors> also read "Backstage West" magazine (weekly print edition).
People outside of Hollywood also read "Cinefex" just to learn the names of the people who work on different movies and where their companies are. "American Cinematographer" is also useful.
The first two magazines will cost you about $300 to $400 per year. Try for student discounts. (Buy just one copy first to see if you like these.)
You will never become a director in Hollywood until you know who everyone is. Trade journals are very important (like the four mentioned above). Fan magazines are useless since all their stories are made up or not accurate enough.
- Trade Journals
- Before you become a filmmaker, you need to learn to read trade journals
- A trade journal is different from any other kind of magazine. A trade journal is an educational magazine written by people in the industry for their colleagues, not fans of the industry.
- 1. Variety's editor used to run a major motion picture studio. Most of the major articles are about the business of creating motion pictures. (Fan magazines like "Vanity Fair" only write fun stuff. In Variety, the stories usually are factual.)
- 2. BackStage West is written by actors as a guide to other actors on how to get jobs with directors. This is very useful information for directors as it also lists every non-union job in Hollywood for that week both acting and crew for both stage and screen.
- 3. Cinefex is written by people who want to learn about the business of doing the special effects in Hollywood. The advantage of this publication is they list all the names of the companies and the individuals who are involved. It also tells how special effects companies get hired by directors for actual jobs (motion pictures). This is very useful information for directors.
- 4. 'American Cinematographer is written by cinematographers in Hollywood to help educate beginning cinematographers. Now with smaller and smaller cameras, the director can also be the cinematographer so this magazine is very useful.
- Books are too old
- Books about filmmaking can be useful but the average book takes 5 years to write, get published, then distributed. In this industry, as with any other relying heavily on new technology, some of the information and techniques found therein may be outdated.