Networking and Building Film Industry Contacts (An Alternative)

October 4, 2014

Christian Film Industry

Girl in audience – Nikon School, MSFW 2010
Christian Film Industry
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Free Fashion Photography Workshops at Melbourne Spring Fashion Week – My Nikon Life
Nikon School Presented by Christian Blanchard
‘The Art and Commerce of Fashion Photography’
Produced by Miss Bossy Boots

Christian Blanchard, One of Australia’s Top Ten As Named by Capture Magazine. Produced by Miss Bossy Boots’
* Topic 1 – Classic Lighting Made Simple – Live Photo Shoot
This topic is an introduction to lighting that will educate on the most effective lighting techniques used in the fashion industry. Participants will learn the fundamentals of classic lighting techniques and how to simplify technical considerations.
* Topic 2 – Capturing Movement in Fashion – Live Photo Shoot
Fashion photography is a creative realm that is used to showcase the creations of fashion designers along with the fictional visions of the photographer. This topic provides insight into the technical skills and creative considerations required to capture moving elements within a fashion photograph.
* Topic 3 – Motion Picture with Digital SLR’s – Review of a Short Film Captured on a Nikon D3s
We are entering a new era that is allowing photographers to venture into motion picture.

This world-first screening of a short film shot on the Nikon D3s will be followed by a hands on run through on the functionality of the camera and how certain scenes from the film were captured in the testing climate of the Australian snowfields.

Nikon School FREE
Friday 3 September
2.30pm – 4pm
MSFW @ City Square
Swanston Street

As one of Australia’s top ten photographers, Christian Blanchard has shot global campaigns for Mimco, Nintendo and Puma and is famous for his breakthrough approach that has seen him win international acclaim. In these interactive and revealing sessions, Christian will use live photography to explain and demonstrate how best to capture movement in fashion and how to work with simple, classic lighting. He will also unveil the latest technology from Nikon that can help you make your mark in the world of photography.

Are you looking for a new or better way to expand your film industry contacts? Broaden knowledge? Grow your circle of influence?

The relationships we build and maintain throughout our professional lives will have more of an impact on our success than maybe any other factor. Especially for individuals who work in the film industry.

The usual ways to network and build business contacts for filmmakers are:

attending film festivals
working on set
through school/workshops
professional association conferences (i.e. Director¡¦s Guild of America)

Though these methods are proven to be effective and do serve as a solid foundation for filmmakers to build their careers. I would like to suggest an alternative approach.

Informational interviews

An informational interview is when you contact someone who has achieved a certain level of success in their career and you meet with them face-to-face for 20 to 30 minutes. During the meeting you basically ask them questions about their career journey and for advice on how you can achieve your career goals.

For example, say you have a passion of screenwriting but were a little unclear on how to turn your passion into a viable career. You would contact a full-time professional working screenwriter, explain to them your situation and arrange to meet with them for guidance.

The professional could tell you happen they sold there first screenplay, their daily writing habits and good books or websites to read for specific industry information pertaining to screenwriters.

This alternative way to networking is very effective. There are only a few steps to take:

Make a list of at least 10 people who are successfully doing what you desire to do.
Get their contact information and first send them an email that explains your desire for success and how you would like to arrange a sit down meeting with them.
After you have sent the email, wait a few days then call them and state how you have already emailed them and you would like a meeting with them to discuss their career success. Emailing them first will give you something to talk about when you get them on the phone. It makes the first contact feel less of a cold call. Chances are the person you wish to meet will be quite busy. So here is where the 3Ps apply. Be polite. Be professional. BE PERSISTENT.
If you persist, you will get to meet with at least 3 or 4 people from your list. Of course, that depends on the people you choose to contact. But I have found that most people are flattered and willing to meet with others who are less established then themselves. It gives them a chance to give back and help others.
When you do have your informational interview, have a few pre-arranged questions ready to ask, bring a pen, some paper and then just listen. Be a sponge and absorb as much as you can from the other person. I would not pitch any ideas or ask for a job during this initial meeting. Keep things light and informal. From my experience, let the industry expert be the one to inquiry first about your ideas, projects and employment.

I recommend sending a thank you letter the day after the meeting with the industry expert explaining your gratitude for their time and advice.

For me, this is a very efficient way to expand your business contacts, your industry knowledge and your strategic alliance.

Give it try. The results might pleasantly surprise you

Ian Agard
Film Producer

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