Guidelines for a Filmmaker's Resume

Here is an effective example of how to list your credits (particularly if you have received awards):
The Hairs
(5 minutes; 2004; editor, director, producer, writer) Salt Lake City, Utah
Screenings at 33 film festivals in USA, Japan, Canada
Best of Festival Award (Berkeley Video and Film Festival)
Audience Award 3rd Place (Film Fest New Haven)
2nd Place in Experimental (Spindletop Film Festival)
The Bookshelf
(5 minutes; 2003; editor, director, producer, writer) Salt Lake City, Utah
Screenings at 18 film festivals in USA, England
Grand Festival Award (Berkeley Video and Film Festival)
Best 16mm (Utah Short Film and Video Festival)
Best Experimental (Spindletop Film Festival)
Honorable Mention (Columbus International Film and Video Festival)
1st Runner-up in Experimental (Flicker Film Festival)
Here is another effective example of how to list your credits (particularly if you have not received many awards):
THE REASON sound editor University of Utah Student Film
(5 minutes; 2005; Salt Lake City, UT) directed by Matt Walker
FAKING IT camera operator Independent
(4 minutes; 2005; Salt Lake City, UT) directed by Kelsey Landry
As you earn more credits, you may wish break your credits down by category: Feature Film, Short Film, Music Video,
Animation, Documentary, Television, TV Series, TV Movies, Soaps, Commercial/Promotional, etc.
6) RELEVANT EXPERIENCE or WORK EXPERIENCE: There are several ways to list your relevant
experience. The two main ones are:
a) Chronological Format - focuses on your employment history/professional experience, which is presented in
reverse chronological order - most recent first. In this format, you will highlight the skills, knowledge and
experience you have gained through past employment that relate to your career objective. This can be an effective
style if you have work experience that is closely related to your career goal.
b) Functional (skills-based) Format - focuses on transferable skills that relate to the position you're applying
for, rather than on the chronology of your job history. In this format, you will highlight the skills needed for
your desired job and give examples of times when you have used those skills in employment, class projects,
individual projects, and volunteer work. List your accomplishments by skill type. This can be an effective style if you
lack experience directly related to your career goal.
If you select the functional format, you will also need to include a separate section entitled WORK HISTORY
or EMPLOYMENT HISTORY. Film-related and non-film-related employment should be included. List
work history in reverse chronological order (current job first). Include your job title, organization name,
location (city and state), and duration of employment (e.g., May 2005 Sept. 2006).
With either format, think of the experience section of your resume as the prove it section, where you prove with
examples that you have used the skills needed for your desired job. This will likely be the most time-consuming section
of your resume. Use accomplishment statements to show specific instances when you have used those skills. Your
accomplishment statements will be more effective if you:
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