Film and Video
A Filmmaker is someone who is in charge of making, leading, and developing movie productions.
It is a career that allows an individual to use their leadership as well as creative thinking skills to lead and direct major motion pictures or made-for-television films.
A filmmaker typically spends long hours to see each film through, from where the film is shot, to how the script will be played out, to what actors and actresses best fit the roles of the characters. The filmmaker also manages the financial end of the production.
Finding work in film and photography is extremely competitive and requires talent and determination.
Building up a portfolio of work is essential. It is worthwhile putting your effort into building up a network of contacts, as networking is also crucial in finding a job. If you can, look for temporary work helping out wherever photographers or camera operators are at work, from your local TV station or newspaper to film companies, advertising agencies and photographers' studios. Major charities sometimes have places for volunteers or interns in their marketing department.
Television channels and other media outlets often have slots for showing amateur films and photographs, so use these to make your work known, and enter competitions whenever you can.
Film and photography graduates enter technical, operational and creative areas, as well as taking on roles in support functions. Popular employers include:
- large broadcasters such as the BBC, Channel 4 and Sky;
- communications companies;
- independent film production companies;
- public sector organisations, e.g. universities;
- advertising and marketing agencies
You don't need a film studies degree to be the next Alfred Hitchcock or Quentin Tarantino, but it could put you on the right path.
Film studies degrees offer the chance to gain hands-on experience of film-making and also touch on topics such as film history, theory and criticism. Students study everything from Hollywood blockbusters to art house movies, taking in screenwriting, critiquing and directing along the way. As well as practical film-making skills such as how to operate a camera and edit footage, you will have developed skills which will make you attractive to employers in a wide variety of fields. These include good research and communication skills, critical thinking, project management and the ability to organise your time effectively and work to deadlines.