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You can submit your scripts for consideration for our next shoot. If selected, you will work with a mentor to develop and flesh out your idea. You will be welcome on set but will have no creative input unless invited.
Directors, 1st and 2nd Assistant Directors all play a crucial role on any set. On our shoots we ensure that these roles are filled and that each fulfil their role to ensure a smooth running shoot.
Actors need to work to develop and hone their skills. On our sets you will be given the opportunity to work opposite other professionals and to build your showreel. Actors will have to audition for the roles available.
Continuity is essential and the Script Supervisor will keep an eye on wardrobe, props, set dressing, hair, makeup and the actions of the actors during a scene. They will keep notes during the shoot.
Sound on a movie is arguably the most import department on set. During production we will look to have a sound recordist and a boom operator working during the shoot. Learning to work with the other departments is crucial for a great outcome.
Each shoot will have a Director of Photograpy, a Camera Operator and sometimes a Focus Puller. During the shoot we will help you to develop your skills across all these roles and build your experience and your showreel.
Setting the mood, look and feel of a scene is to a large degree down to the lighting department. Learning how and when to use which light is important, but so is handling the lighting equipment safely
Responsible for all the elements of scenery, including set decoration. In this department we also include props and costume, basically everything an actor touches or interacts with.
Runners, although often overlooked, play a vital role on set. They are good all-rounders that often have to take up the slack in a department if there is a shortage. They are also pivotal in getting the scene ready and the equipment setup.
Top reasons why Directors and Producers won’t hire inexperienced cast and crew …
Inexperienced cast and crew on set are one more thing I have to worry about.
On set you need everyone to understand the etiquette, the equipment and even how and when to move around set.
Paul Howard - Director
When looking to crew up, my first port of call is their IMDb page. It is the quickest way to look at what a person has done, how long have they been doing it. For HOD's, a great website with a showreel is what gets them the first meeting.Adam Smith - Producer
I only want to hire people with experience. It's not fair on the rest of the crew if a take is ruined by a rookie mistake. We all know that mistakes can and do happen, but I take every opportunity to reduce that so we can have a smooth shoot.Frank Hammond - Director
Where We Make Films
We currently make films inside the M25 that surrounds London. However, as our membership grows we will be expanding that out to other areas.
So if you have friends interested in filmmaking, make sure you encourage them to join too.Find out more...
How We Make Films Works
Every month we put a call out for scripts, and the top, workable scripts will be published for our Obsessed and Enthusiast members to vote on.
Once we have a winning script we will secure a location and send out invitations for members to apply for the role* they would like to take on. Firstly, Obsessed members then Enthusiast and then Keen and finally Casual members.
Allocation of roles is on a first-come-first-served basis, and everyone who purchases a role in the film gets a credit. All the money raised for the shoot goes into making and promoting the best film we can.
*Only Obsessed members can apply for the director role and only Enthusiast and Obsessed members can apply for head of department roles.
Will I get an IMDb credit?
Yes. We will list all the films on our IMDb page. However, we will only list the films that we feel are good enough that you will feel proud to be listed on it. You can of course ask to be omitted if you wish.
What happens to the film when it’s finished?
Once the film has been edited and graded we will submit it into some film festivals (providing we deem the film good enough). A percentage of the shoot budget will be allocated for the festival run. With a bit of luck, you might be in an award-winning film.
Further, should the film be picked up by a network or syndicate and make money. A percentage of the profit (after expenses) will be shared between the writer, cast and crew.
Can I submit a script for consideration?
Yes, we welcome script submissions by all members. Your script will need to meet the requirements for that month. We have strong rules with regards to profanity and political statements.
We make a charge for script submission as there is an administrative overhead in dealing with every script we receive. However, Obsessed members can submit scripts for free, all other members have to pay a small charge. For charges see our
For more information see our Submitting a Script page.
Can I download the film rushes?
Yes, you will be given access to the film rushes if you have an Obsessed or Enthusiast level membership. These can only be used to practice and produce your own version of the film. However, you are not allowed to publish your own version of the film in a public arena or on social media.
What does it cost to join a shoot?
Each shoot day costs a base figure of £50, regardless of the role you take. However, your membership discounts will apply and will reduce the amount you pay. For example, if you are an Obsessed member you will only pay £25 per day. See the Membership Level Benefits breakdown.
Can I be the Director on a shoot?
We allow anyone to take on any role, except Director and the Head of D
If you can demonstrate previous experience in one of the lead roles then we may make an exception to this rule.
What if I don’t know how to do a role?
The whole idea of We Make Films is to help people to gain experience in the various roles. We will help you to develop in a role and train you in all the aspects of that role. This may include workshops, video training and/or mentoring during the shoot.
Can I use the film in my showreel?
Yes, all levels of paid membership are permitted to use the film in their showreel. Obviously, you will have to qualify what role you were doing in the film. For example, you would not be permitted to claim the Director role if you were the Sound Recordist.
What if there are no shoots in my area?
If there are no We Make Films shoots within commuting distance for you then you should join as a Casual member. Try to encourage members in the local film-making groups like Facebook, meet-up and film clubs to join up as Casual members. Then as soon as we have enough members within commutable distance, we will start doing shoots in your area.