Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesTheater & Acting · 1 decade ago

If I'm interested in film, is it a good idea to do High School Theater?

Not acting, just film.

ie. Making movies, etc.

4 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    Yes Yes Yes!!

    Any experience is good experience!

    When you are writing your CV, to give to the film director when you audition, it will be better for you if you have a lot of experience.

  • 1 decade ago

    Definitely yes. Any "entertainment" production experience is a plus. And what's better, is that YOU are asking about this now, BEFORE you graduate.

    If you are truly interested in creating a career in the film industry for a living, the sooner you can get started the better. Right now, the things for you to do are to go out and have fun making as many short movies as possible. If you are a Writer, sit and write a few fun shorts that are relatively easy to make. Since you have a Theater Department there, recruit Actors and other people to help with the technical things, like lighting, makeup, wardrobe, and even the food!

    Don't worry about making them perfect at first. As you make more movies, you'll figure out the things that work and those that don't. Perhaps you'll do reshoots on something as you realize what you need to do to make it better.

    By all means, work in the Theater, but also make the time to intern with a professional Director, Producer or Cameraman (or whatever else you might be interested in) so you can see how the real world works. You can take those experiences and apply them to your own short movies. You'd be amazed at how much you can learn in just one day of observing an actual production. Don't know where to go? Ask everyone you know (and I mean EVERYONE) if they know anyone who works in the film or TV business near you. I can almost guarantee that if you ask everyone, eventually you are going to find somebody who will be more than happy to let you volunteer to shadow them for a time. You might be expected to carry some cases around or get coffee, but it's a small price to pay for the experience.

    PLUS, as you are out in the real world learning how working professionals actually do what they do and how they live, you'll be meeting people who will be able to help you once you are ready to go out into the working world. AND, if you plan on going on to filmschool, you will get great recommendations about which schools are best and which classes to take from the pros who have gone through all of that already.

    So, yes, work in the theater, but don't stop there!

    I urge you to read the book listed below as it will prove invaluable for someone who is interested in filmmaking so soon. You'll also find on the website the most complete worldwide list of filmschools available anywhere! And in the meantime, go to the Resources page where you will find countless other professional forums, resources, and books that can help guide you as you progress with your filmmaking.

    Good luck!

    Brian Dzyak


    IATSE Local 600, SOC

  • 1 decade ago

    Yes! Do theatre. That way, once you have some knowledge of how the stage works (you'll need some of the same knowledge in making films), you can create a film club at your school and start making movies over breaks with people who share your own interests.

    Also, look for casting calls in your area. Who knows, you might be able to shadow a director for a day!

  • 1 decade ago

    Yes. If you're interested in acting for the camera, the basics of acting for the stage still apply, or they should. If you're interested in the technical side of things, you should still understand actors. Besides, it's never a bad idea to have a bit of a resume built up - you never know when an Indie film will be nearby looking for talent, or when a University student will be needing people to help out in a final project. Any contact with your preferred art form will help, and acting experience will help you get it.

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