How to Become a Film Executive

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A film executive is someone who works for a production company looking for material and scripts. Work your way up a production company's corporate ladder with filmmaking tips from a director and filmmaker in this free video on making movies.

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Hi, I'm Jared Drake, and I'm going to talk to you about how to become a film executive. Basically, what a film executive does is they work at a production company that looks for material for their company to turn in to movies, so they're looking for scripts. They're calling agencies, they're talking to writer's they know, they're trying to find the next big hit for their company. They're not the top dogs at the company, they're the middle dogs, they're the guys that do a lot of the leg work, trying to impress the top dogs. Now, how to become a film executive, what you need to do is get in to the company somehow, the company you want to be at, and the typical way of doing so is starting as an intern. So, you know, these production companies, they need interns that'll go get coffee, make copies, send emails, update rolodexes, do all that kind of stuff. They need them all the time, so just contact production companies, say hey, I'm looking to be an intern, and, you know, wonder if you have an opening for the summer, or the spring, or whatever. A lot of times they'll give college credit for that type of thing. Then, as you're an intern, keep your fingers crossed an assistant position will open up. If one does, you know, the thing about production companies, people are moving all the time. Assistants are leaving, executives are leaving, people are getting promoted, so wait for an assistant position to open up, and become an assistant. Then, once you're an assistant, keep your fingers crossed that an executive position will open up, and if somebody has a really big hit, if an executive brings in, you know, the next big movie that sells at Sundance, chances are that person may go on to form their own production company, and maybe you can take his place, his or her place, her place.

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