PRAY FIRST: Filmmaking is very influential, and you will be held accountable by God for the influence of your films. It is very important to prayerfully consider the cost before aspiring to become a filmmaker.
RESEARCH AND EXPERIMENT: We recommend that you start in a low-risk, low-cost situation by shooting and editing short videos. Learn the art of basic storytelling. Try to inform, inspire, or make people laugh or cry in less than five minutes. Then slowly make bigger and longer movies as your skills develop. Begin to build your own library of filmmaking books, websites, and resources. Check out the book OUTSIDE HOLLYWOOD by Isaac Botkin and the great links, books, and articles on Isaac's website. We developed the FIREPROOF PRODUCTION FILES CD-ROM and filled it with our prayer strategies, team values, production spreadsheets, and production files to help new filmmakers better plan and organize their productions. While this resource is not all ecompassing, it is a great launching pad to any production.
ATTEND TRAINING EVENTS: We recommend that you attend the International Christian Visual Media Conference and the Christian Worldview Film Festival as great places to feature your work, receive training, and network with other Christian filmmakers.
ENROLL IN A CHRISTIAN FILM-SCHOOL: Each of these universities offers formal film training for those who desire to become Christian filmmakers.