Getting Started with A Film Reviewing Career
- Take an AP High School or college course on film-criticism.
- 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.
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):
- 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.