Getting into the videography industry can be a tough ask but getting paid can be even harder

You’ve had your training and you’ve got your camera but how do you actually make money as a filmmaker?

Starting out as a videographer means that you will need to build up a great portfolio of experience. While you might get lucky at landing your short film in a festival, chances are you’re going to need to perfect your craft before even attempting anything bigger.

The Video Mode runs through some of the best ways that you can make money as a filmmaker right now.

Film crew experience

If you’re fresh out of film school or just starting to experiment with the video mode, it’s quite likely that you will start out on the lowest rung of the film ladder.

There are plenty of runner roles advertised online if you use your search engines correctly. Specialist websites also exist if you sign up to their content, like or

The best part about getting your foot in the door this way is the contacts that you are bound to make.


One of the best gigs available for amateur filmmakers is wedding videography. While it can be quite a nerve wracking task to capture the vows, the first kiss and the cutting of the cake, it can also be a great way to showcase your skills and earn some money.

We’ve rounded up some of the best tips to capture that walk down the aisle in our dedicated guide to shooting weddings.

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It might not seem like an obvious choice for filmmakers but vlogging is one of the most successful industries in our field at the moment.

Obviously, vlogging doesn’t start off as a great income source but if you dedicate yourself to it and make sure not to neglect the quality of your video then you can start monetising your content. Successful YouTubers Matt Pinner and Lukasz Karpisz gave us their advice on how to make your vlog successful in the video above.

Pinner said: “To start a vlog, first of all get on to social media and try and get as many people connected with you, try and put yourself out there as much as you can, then start a vlog because then you’re going to draw more traffic in to it.”

We’ve already got your checklist sorted with our five essential vlogging accessories for beginners, so what are you waiting for?

Sell your stock footage

Travel b-roll is some of the most sought after by stock footage companies

Just like photography, it’s perfectly possible to make money as a filmmaker selling your footage to stock footage companies. Many companies like Shutterstock and iStock will pay for your highest quality production footage.

Shutterstock has given some outlines on how best to start doing this. The best thing you can do is know what the most popular categories are and adjust your work to that. For example, some of the most sought after footage on Shutterstock is in the travel footage category.

Rent your gear out

To be producing high quality and marketable work, you’re going to have to have some top equipment. If you’re investing in high quality tech but cannot see how to make the money back, there are plenty of peer-to-peer market places that you can rent them on, like Fat Lama, alongside professional hiring companies.

However, we would recommend checking out our tips on renting out equipment before you do this.

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