Do filmmakers need a CV?

In this post you will learn about CV’s for filmmakers and why they are important. It is a misconception from some filmmakers that they don’t need a CV, that all of their work will come from word of mouth.

In time you will become well known enough to not need a CV however at the start of your career, when you don’t know enough people to be recommend for work, you will need a CV to send off for job applications.

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At the start of your career film work will likely come from online and these jobs always ask for a CV. This includes professional crew work and full time jobs in film. It is also useful to have an updated CV at hand if a producer ever asks for one.

Working within the crew roles of Script Supervisor I have always been asked for a CV before I am hired. Even when I was recommended for a job. On your CV you can show off your experience, skills and justify your day rate.

You can download the simple Filmmaker CV template below: 

5 reasons you need a CV if you are a filmmaker -

1. You will be asked for one

Even when I was recommended for jobs I was asked to send over my CV to producers. My CV was the last thing that stood between me and the job. Even if you get the job you still might be asked to send over your CV to the production office at some point. As a videographer or general filmmaker this might not happen, however when you are working a crew job, full-time film job or stepping up onto higher productions you will be asked to send the production company a CV.

2. To Show Off your skills

You might have been asked to join the art dept from a recommendation, but where does the line producer place you. What skills do you have, are you good at making things and should be placed within props, or is your skill entry level art dept runner. Your CV lets the department head know exactly what job role is best suited for you. A CV can show off all of your skills and talents so you can work to your full potential. 

3. To justify your day rate

Your CV will help you negotiate a higher working day rate. If a producer is recommended to hire you from a director,what should they pay you. They might under pay you a mates rate, they might undervalue you but your CV will help you prove to them that your day rate is worth it.

Your film production CV is there to show off your skills in the simplest way, it lets people know your worth.  It shows how much experience you have and provides links to your show reel or portfolio for further testimony.

4. For Your Own Reference

For your own personal reference a CV is useful, it lets you outline on a page or two what you have done in your career, how much experience you have, it lets you see what skills are missing, what could be added to look more impressive. It lets you know from a glance what are you lacking that another person in competition with you might have. It allows you to be critical of yourself, consider what you could add to become a more hire-able person.

5. First Impressions Count

Lastly a small note, your CV serves as your first introduction, it is the first thing your boss will see before meeting you. Your film production CV is there to sell yourself and you should be proud of the accomplishments you have made in your life. Your CV will also link to your show reel or portfolio if necessary.

I hope I have done enough here to convince you to create your own filmmaker CV. I also have an in-depth E-book on Filmmaker CV’s with plenty of examples and step by step instructions - Find Out More Here

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