Getting Started with A Film Reviewing Career
- Take an AP High School or college course on film-criticism
- Watch a ton of movies (in numerous genres from various years)
- Write your thoughts about these films
- Research film history
- Practicing writing actual movie reviews
- Read other critics reviews
- Write more reviews
- Explore Freelance opportunities (newspapers, magazines, websites, blogs).
- Contact the editor and offer examples of your work. An opportunity may exist –look for it.
- Write for free if you have to.
- Getting your work out there is the important thing.
- Write some more
- Build a portfolio of reviews (like you’re doing in this class) –because potential employers will ask for it
- Get a job. Make some money. Meet movie stars.
Starting Your Own Website or Blog
- Choose a name that no one else is using.
- Make sure it is memorable and easy to spell.
- Don’t make up a word for the sake of creativity or originality.
- If your reviews are genre specific, play with the title (examples: If you only review horror try “Fright Flicks” or for superhero films try “Hero Happenings” or for Christian films try “Acts of Faith”).
- Only use your personal name in the url title when you’ve made it big.
- Build an audience by connecting, liking and following other like-minded lovers of film.
Website or Blog Design – things to know (once you start churning out regular reviews):
- Always make sure that new releases are easy to find.
- Include your grading system on the front page.
- Offer a Search Function for movies.
- Tag your reviews.
- Keep and maintain relevant Top Ten list.
- Use images or video (after all film is visual) at least three per review.
- Make it as easy as possible for your audience to find what they need.
- Remember that not everyone will agree with you… so don’t get upset by others criticizing your opinions.
- Additionally: you can offer outlook for weekend’s new releases and box office results (or a link).
Null, C. (2005). Five stars!: How to become a film critic, the world’s greatest job. San Francisco, CA: Sutro Press.