If you consider yourself a bit of a film buff, it’s hard not to get swept up in this idea of one day being able to make your own movies. There’s this tiny part of us that one day wishes we’ll be rocking up to the Oscars red carpet and rubbing shoulders with the best of the best in the film industry.

The day dream doesn’t last too long though – the idea seems farfetched and unachievable, and the road to get there way too difficult to attempt, particularly if you’ve never touched a film camera before.

But when it comes to making plans for yourself, sometimes aiming high—as high as you can possibly get—is the right way to go about it.

Take winning an Oscar as the goal. It’s easy to dismiss this as impossible, and maybe it is. But the point is that if this is the goal you’re working towards, you’re likely going to end up at least getting some of the way there, if not on the red carpet itself.

Break your goal up into smaller chunks

The best way to think about your goal is to break it up into smaller, more achievable goals. If winning an award for your filmmaking prowess is the goal, the first step could be to find yourself a course in filmmaking. This will help to give you more experience and, if you enjoy it, it’ll reassure you that this is actually the career you want to be pursuing.

After your studies, the next step might be to find yourself a mentor or other people that can help you on your journey (you’ll have connections once you’ve finished studying). After that, you can use the skills you’ve learned plus some support from your new mates to make a short film. Or, you might try and get a job in film and television or start writing your own feature length film.

The steps are up to you depending on what route interests you the most, but you can start to see how breaking up a big goal into smaller chunks makes it a lot easier to visualise the way to get there.

Make it as easy as possible for yourself

The more manageable you can make this process, the better. Don’t make your steps to get to your goal too audacious (that’s what your big goal is there for); keep them small and numerous.

Also make sure that each step your taking is the right one for you at the time. If you have no experience behind a camera, diving straight into a three-year degree in filmmaking might make things a little hard for yourself. Then you run the risk of giving up before you’ve barely started.

A one-year course in filmmaking with plenty of practical experience

The best way to get started is with a short course or beginner’s course that will get you all the experience you need to feel comfortable around a camera. Our mates over at the Academy of Film, Theatre and Television (AFTT) have a one-year course in filmmaking called the Diploma of Screen & Media. Their known for being one of the most hands-on film courses in Australia, so it’s perfect for anyone with little to no experience who needs a real practical look into the filmmaking process.

You’ll learn not just about using cameras, but about the development of concepts, characters and plots, casting, pre- and post-production, and all the other bits and bobs you need, like sound, lighting and editing equipment. This way, you can explore all the different aspects of film and decide what kind of role appeals to you most.

They’ve also got an Advanced Diploma if you feel you want to continue your studies and keep learning, but their Diploma course can often be enough to provide you with the skills you need to get a job in the industry. Jump over here to read more about it or pop your deets in over here if you want to register your interest and take the first little step.