(Ch.9) Blogging, Reviewing for Free or $$$

Getting Started with A Film Reviewing Career

  • Take an AP High School or college course on film-criticism.buxen3zceaa_wfs-jpg-medium
  • Write, write, write.
  • Watch a ton of movies (in numerous genres from various years).
  • Write your thoughts about these films (while watching the film, and immediately afterwards).
  • Research the films you watch (especially when writing reviews or articles).
  • Research film history.
  • Practicing writing actual movie reviews.
  • Read other critics reviews (after you’ve seen a film … not before … if you plan on writing a review on it).
  • Write more reviews.
  • Explore Freelance opportunities .(newspapers, magazines, websites, blogs).
  • Contact an editor and offer examples of your work. An opportunity may exist –look for it.
  • Write for free if you have to (to get your foot in the door).
  • 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. There are many free sites to help you get started.
  • Get a job. Make some money. Meet movie stars.
  • Try to get your reviews (articles) published for money in places like Movie Pilot, Cinemablend, Screenrant, Collider, Movieweb, Commingsoon.net, Screencrush, Greek Tyrant, Den of Geek, We Got This Covered,
  • Submit your reviews to as many places as you can like Rotten Tomatoes, IMBD, Yahoo Movies, Meta Critic, Amazon Reviews, Fandango, and others. images


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 website or blog title (examples: If you only review horror films 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):first-showing

  • Always make sure that new releases are easy to find.
  • Include your grading system on the front page.
  • Offer a Search Function for movies (or genres).
  • Tag your reviews.
  • Keep and maintain a 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.
  • You can gain more followers by writing film-related (and relevant) columns as well (not reviews only).
  • Additionally: you can offer an outlook for weekend’s new releases, movie news, and box office results (or a link).



Interviews with various film critics.

Null, C. (2005). Five stars!: How to become a film critic, the world’s greatest job. San Francisco, CA: Sutro Press.


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