How to Make a Movie Portfolio

By Robert Russell ; Updated September 15, 2017
Contemporary movie portfoliios use electronic samples rather than film reels.

The film industry is competitive and uncertain, and making movies costs money. All of these elements cause producers and financial backers of a film project to adopt a cautious and conservative approach when deciding upon a director. One way a new and aspiring director can get her foot in the door is to put together an interesting and attractive movie portfolio. A carefully crafted portfolio may help you convince the producers that you can bring the film to life.

Write a one-to-two page resume. Include your educational credentials, work experience and relevant background information that relates to the film industry. Include a list of the films that you have directed or been involved with, film festivals that have shown your work, and awards and professional accomplishments. Include contact information.

Put together a DVD of movie clips that showcase your work. Another option is to create a website with movie clips or send the video information electronically upon request.

Include storyboards and stills of your work. Stills and storyboards highlight the individual parts that make up the whole. They help potential producers see how you envision and put together the stages of the creative process.

Write a cover letter to include with the portfolio. Introduce yourself, express interest in working on the film or project, and briefly explain why you are a serious candidate. Let the reader know that you have included a resume and electronic sample of your work.

Put all of the parts of the portfolio together. Carefully read and follow all the guidelines for the submission process. Double check everything to make sure it is accurate and that you have included all the relevant information.

About the Author

Robert Russell began writing online professionally in 2010. He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy and is currently working on a book project exploring the relationship between art, entertainment and culture. He is the guitar player for the nationally touring cajun/zydeco band Creole Stomp. Russell travels with his laptop and writes many of his articles on the road between gigs.