Guidelines for a Filmmaker's Resume

2) SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS or HIGHLIGHT OF QUALIFICATIONS: Optional, but you can list
three or four highlights that demonstrate that you are an invaluable employee. State measurable results you have
achieved. Avoid unsupported claims (e.g., I am detail oriented). Let your accomplishments speak for themselves (e.g.,
Award-winning editor of more than 10 film festival awards, including Best Picture).
3) OBJECTIVE: An objective is optional. It is usually better to include this info in a cover letter where you can
elaborate more fully. If you are going to include an objective, use employer language by briefly stating your desired
field and function (e.g., camera operator in broadcast industry). Such an objective may be more credible than the
precise job title and name of the company to which you’re applying. Avoid lengthy, life-goal statements.
4) EDUCATION: When you have very little in the way of professional experience on your resume, the
education/training section is the most important section. Develop it well.
List university degrees in reverse chronological order (most recent first).
List your degree and major (e.g., B.A., English or Bachelor of Arts, Film Studies).
Include a graduation date, even if it is in the future.
Do not list a previous college or university unless you received some sort of degree there.
You do not need to list attendance dates.
Do not list high school graduation or activities unless you’re early in your college career.
Include your GPA if it is 3.0 or above.
You may include both your overall and your major GPA if you wish.
POSSIBLE EDUCATION SUBHEADINGS TO CONSIDER:
a) HONORS AND AWARDS:
Graduation honors (summa cum laude, magna cum laude, cum laude), Scholarships
List dean’s list if applicable (include number of semesters)
Include any honor societies or similar organizations to which you belong
b) RELATED or RELEVANT COURSEWORK: A sub-category like Related Coursework can help
compensate for lack of specific work experience and also explain in more detail the training you received
during your college career. You need not include course numbers or introductory course titles. Be specific.
When possible, include not merely course titles, but describe a particular technique, project, or area of study
taught.
c) ADDITIONAL TRAINING: This includes any related workshops, seminars, on-going studio classes,
masterclasses, or private coaching received outside of a college or university setting. It can also include training
at a college from which you never graduated. Be specific. When possible, include not only the course title, but
also the teacher and techniques taught.
5) FILM PROJECTS or FILMOGRAPHY or CREDITS: List specific film credits including any professional,
student, or independent projects with which you’ve been involved. If you have an extensive list of projects worth
including, this may be a separate page. Include the following when possible:
Project title
Project length, type, and/or format (e.g., 35mm feature film, half-hour documentary, TV pilot, animated short, etc.)
Year produced
Location where produced (city and state)
Your role/roles in the production (writer, director, editor, producer, camera operator, boom mic operator, production assistant, etc.)
Director (if not you)
Production company (if applicable)
Any film festival screenings or awards
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