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Film making is an activity that requires many people doing many different things. If you're handy, you can get involved with lighting, sets and sound. You can get involved with prop work or location scouting. You can learn camera work, directing and scriptwriting.
To get involved is not the easiest thing and often takes a good amount of initiative on your part, but opportunities are out there.
One thing you can do is get involved with your local community access station. Some towns have them, some don't. Typically community access stations hold short classes to get you oriented with camera, studio and editing equipment. This is a great place to learn the basics at a low cost and sometimes no cost. For example, here is the website for my local cable access station: http://www.scatvsomerville.org/
There are also ways to get involved with other people's shoots as a volunteer. You can check Craigslist under gigs, mandy.com, or through people you know who might know people looking for volunteers. You won't start out doing much exciting stuff but you'll get to at least see what it is like and as you gain experience do more interesting things.
Then of course there is film school, which you can apply to and is expensive, but can teach you the things you need to know.
Another way to get involved is to get access to equipment (again, community access stations are a great way to do this), get your friends together and start making a movie!