There are so many creative ways to express yourself. Try these other ideas:

Photography—Whether you’re taking pictures of the sunset or taking selfies with your friends, no angle is too high or low as you “focus” on that perfect shot.

Writing—Get cozy with your favorite book, or grab pen and paper to start writing the next great novel/screenplay. Get addicted to the art of words.

Painting & Drawing—Bring out the beauty in the world around you, and bring your visions to life. Say a thousand words with your works of art.

Not Exactly You?

Everyone has their own substance. If film-making doesn’t sound like yours, you can explore more options below.

Take the quiz to discover your substance and find out what
motivates you.
Check out these other substances:

Get inspired by our Voices With Substance—learn about people from Hawai‘i who have found their substance.

Get Started Now

You don’t always have to go far to find your passion—it’s easy to start right where you are, right now:

  • Make a short film with your friends: With each production, you can improve your knowledge and skills together

Get Moving

Just go out there and explore film-making at your school, community and more:

Stay Focused

Focus on film-making, keep improving, and have fun as you set and fulfill goals:

  • Thinking of studying film production in college? High school classes to help you prepare include: Theater Arts, Photography, Computer Graphics, Computer Applications, Art, Art History, and English Literature
  • Take University of Hawaii’s non-credit courses on photography and digital media
  • Take a video production class through Hawaii’s community television stations:
    – OAHU—Olelo offers training in basic and advanced video production.
    – KAUAI—Ho‘ike Kaua‘i offers a certified producer class and advanced techniques
    – BIG ISLAND—Na Leo ‘O Hawai‘i offers classes in basic video production, camera operation, editing, lighting and studio production
    – MAUI—Akaku offers classes in field camera certification, Final Cut X Pro, and Studio Production Certification

Get Involved

Great minds think alike. Connect and work with other people who like film-making as you reach your dream:

  • Volunteer at a local museum, like Honolulu Museum of Art
  • Volunteer at a film festival: Get a look behind-the-scenes
  • Get experience selling film equipment or working at a movie theater
  • Find a summer internship working with film
  • Register with an agency to become an extra for local productions