As Larry Jordan has said, we need to change with the technology, but we also need to change with the environment. Being a filmmaker isn’t just about having an idea or knowing how to focus pull. It’s about being able to create something that resonates with an audience. It’s about being able to tell a story in a powerful way. It’s about using whatever resources are available to you to bring your idea to life. That last part is key because it’s only recently that those resources are both incredibly powerful and widely available. The term “filmmaker” has evolved before our eyes, and it’s time we embraced it. The word “film” is obviously embedded in there, but being a filmmaker is about so much more than working on or pursuing feature work. Plus, few professionals use actual film any longer, and that number is only going to get less and less. The film school career path never was a set path to success, just like there isn’t now. But what there is now is a lot more opportunity to create something relevant. There’s more opportunity to get a project in front of people. There’s an opportunity to build an audience and showcase what you can do. There’s an opportunity for literally anyone to create and tell a story in a powerful way. This isn’t to tell anyone that they need to follow their passion. That’s a given. But doing so today as a filmmaker can mean going down various paths. For some, that means film school. For others that means working on their own film projects. For others, it means collaborating with friends to create content designed for YouTube. And for others, it means something totally different. To be a filmmaker today, all that matters is that someone can embrace the endless opportunities to create something with more than a smartphone and some free software applications. Filmmakers have always creatively evolved as their careers progressed. Filmmakers today simply need to acknowledge and understand that this evolution won’t just be about them, but about the tools they use as well as the industry itself.