Not Sure What to Do After Film School? Here's a Flowchart

by Emily Buder

Which path should a film graduate follow?

As Todd Solondz recently related to us, film school is a paradox. It can be superfluous—it's too expensive, and equivalent experience can be accrued on set—but it is also the nexus of many successful filmmakers' careers.

For those who did decide to take the plunge, the decisions to be made after graduation can be daunting. There are many varied paths to choose within the industry, and none with a prescribed trajectory to follow.

To help create a framework for the recent film school graduate's decision-making process, MovieMaker Magazine identified some possible careers—VR innovator, indie auteur, commercial director, festival director, agent, TV showrunner, studio head, cult arthouse owner, adult film producer—and assembled a flowchart.

Of course, these don't represent the full spectrum of opportunities in the film industry—documentarians, distributors, producers, editors, and cinematographers are absent, to name a few. But the flowchart does offer some valuable insight into the factors that should (and will) influence the directionality of a career in the film industry. Differing motivations, such as the drive for money, original expression, social justice, or wide-reaching audiences, will set film graduates on distinct career paths.

Credit: MovieMaker Magazine

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    commented 2016-11-16 02:19:45 -0800
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  • Edith Robinette
    commented 2016-09-19 01:16:02 -0700
    As from my experience, I can tell for sure that if one doesn’t concentrate on important issues that will prove to be useful after graduation and it doesn’t mean – filmmaker career or not, then later that person will not find his way after graduation. Until it is too late, decide on subjects that really deserve your attention, the rest will do for you to help with irrelevant subjects at your college or university.