Some universities offer courses in film production. These courses teach skills like pitching, shooting, schedule design and budgeting. A director handles the creative execution of the script and he or she will be the one who gets most of the glory and criticism for the film. You are always under great pressure, because you have to motivate people, stay on budget and manage the expectations of investors.
The most important part is practical experience, so directing short films or small productions might be a good start. Script Supervisor, Production Assistant Most common work situation: Actors bring the script to life.
They embody the characters and are the public face of the work that went into the production. You will get a lot of attention depending on the success of the production. Most actors have been through professional training before starting to act in film productions. The optimal way is to start at a young age and take part in drama and theater classes in school.
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Background Actor Most common work situation: The career is extremely creative. You are responsible for the look and feel of the movie. Also, you have to stay up to date on the technology. A degree in film, drama, media or art will provide a basic understanding of the artform. Studying still photography will give you a profound background in lighting and composition.
The creativity level and the creative freedom is high. Usually, the paycheck is low. You will need a degree in fashion, theatre design, costume design or a similar subject. Location managers have to find the best scene locations and negotiate permissions with owners. They also manage aspects like catering requirements, safety, parking and power sources.
Scouting for locations can be fun and the work is flexible and interesting. You are usually the first person to arrive on set and the last person who leaves it. Also, the salary depends on the production.
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No information from the BLS. Location Scout, Location Security Most common work situation: The makeup artist makes sure that the actors look authentic in their roles. Their responsibilities are dependent on the requirements of the film.
Maintaining the makeup continuity is especially important and the makeup artist needs to keep an eye on that. Creativity, communication and keeping a positive attitude are all part of the job. It can get stressful due to strict deadlines and physical exhaustion when the makeup requires many hours of work. You can take courses in media make-up or in similar subjects. Hairstylist Most common work situation: The prop master runs the property department.
If you are a creative person and have a passion for films, the work as a prop master will prove to be highly rewarding. When you go in for the creative work aspect, remember that there is quite a lot of logistical work involved as well. Loading, the transportation, and the storage of the props are all part of your responsibilities. A special education is not required. A creative or artistic background will be helpful however.
Prop Buyer, Prop Builder Most common work situation: The set decorator analyses the scripts and ensures that the sets look convincing.
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Decorations may include things like product placements, animals, vehicles and smaller items. The work is versatile, creative and hands-on. The job requires a sense of detail and in most cases you build extravagant decorations, which will only be shown once in the movie. Set Buyer, Set Designer Most common work situation: The key grip handles any equipment that supports the camera, from tripod to a 50 meter camera rail.
If you have a passion for finding original solutions for mechanical problems, the grip department is the right fit for you. You need a lot of physical strength and stamina. The gaffer is also called lighting technical or electrician.
He ensures authentic-looking lighting in the scene and electrical security. If you have a passion for equipment and electric technology, a career as a gaffer may turn out to be highly gratifying for you. You need to be comfortable working at heights and the working hours can be unpredictable. You need to be qualified to work with electrical equipment. A degree in electrical engineering is extremely helpful. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem?
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