Getting a Job in the Film Industry

Let’s assume you’ve either graduated with a film degree and have experienced making a film in some capacity (doesn’t everyone). If your reading this before entering film school, good, don’t! You’ll save more money and time whilst learning more, quicker by getting on the job training.

It is surprising how many people in this position don’t understand about how the industry operates in the real world. The first step in starting a career in the film industry is to know how the industry itself operates, from conception to exhibition. Even though you might be certain you want to work on camera a broad understanding of the industry and how it is changing will make you more employable throughout your career.

The film industry is generally recognized in 5 different sectors.

Pre-Production

Production

Post-Production

Distribution

Exhibition

There is an abundance of literature online that will go into depth about jobs and career paths in each sector. Whilst no one expected to know the ins and outs of every sector before starting out its worth considering what about the industry you like most. Is it coming up with the initial idea? The buzz of the shoot? The endless possibilities that can come out of the editing suite? Or is it simply that you enjoy watching films? If you approach the industry from the right angle you’ll get further, quicker and probably enjoy it in the mean time.

Look up relevant film companies in your region, aim for the larger ones first as they are likely to have more projects on the go. Watch the films they’ve made or projects they’ve been involved in and approach ones that you think you’d enjoy working for. Find out the right person to speak to before contacting the company. It is competitive but you never know your timing might be perfect and you could have a job in no time.

Expect to work hard for longs hours and usually, at least initially, for free. Try to learn as much of about the process as you can. It will help you discover what it is you actually want to do and at the same time develop other skills. Multi-skilled people will always have a more fruitful career in the film industry.

In the meantime continue to practice your craft. You first job as a runner is unlikely to start developing your skills as a camera operator so get involved with the independent film making community. Films are being made every day, some good, mostly bad. People are always looking to gather a crew to help them make their 3 hour opus.

The rate and which technology is changing, making film equipment cheaper and more accessible, means the film industry will be more and more competitive as the years go by. Emerging talent has more potential than ever of realistically making their first film.

Career in Media, Films, Mass Communication

Medical and engineering are passé. Today’s youth are looking for new and exciting careers. One such field that is rising these days is media and mass communication. Although, journalism has always been around but with a sudden spurt in the number of news channels and newspapers, the demand for mass communication experts has increased manifold. A lot of students are looking to pursue courses in mass communication and acquire skill sets that will help them make a career in this field. Apart from journalism, advertising, modeling, acting, jockeying etc also fall under the same category and are gaining popularity. The education scenario is also bright as many good institutes are offering full-time and part-time courses in media, films and mass communication. The courses can be pursued both at degree and diploma level.

Mass communication clearly implies that it involves communicating to the masses through different modes. According to the target audience and the message to be broadcast, the media is selected. The information that has to transferred could be news or entertainment or both. Print, Television and radio are the most popular mediums through which one can communicate with the masses. Apart from these three, Internet is a fast upcoming medium gaining popularity in recent years, though it mainly caters to the young and educated audience.

The top institutes in mass communication are spread over various cities in India. Of the most renowned, Mudra Institute of Communications in Ahmedabad, Gujarat is a good option. It offers PG Diploma in Management in Communications (PGDMC), PG Programme in Communication Management and Entrepreneurship (PGPCME), PG Certificate Programme in Integrated Marketing Management (PGCPIMM), Career Development Programme in Design Communications Management (CDP-DCM) and PG Certificate in Advertising Management (PGCAM). It is a renowned institute and conducts admission tests for intakes.

The Indian Institute of Mass Communication based in New Delhi is another good institute. Established, over thirty years ago, the IIMC has gained recognition from UNESCO as a centre of excellence in the field of communication teaching, training and research. It provides a variety of courses including print journalism, photo journalism, radio journalism, television journalism, development communication, communication research, advertising and public relations.

The Asian College of Journalism based in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, is a postgraduate college that provides students with journalism education adapted to the specific needs of India and other developing countries in Asia. The curriculum is based on the trend and thrust of convergence in the media, and the consequent demands for multiple skills made on the contemporary journalist.

St. Xavier Institute of Communications (XIC) based in Mumbai, Maharashtra, offers a variety of services in training and production. XIC was initiated in 1969 by The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India to develop scholarship and professionalism in the field of media. It is currently managed by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) of the Bombay Province.

The Indian Institute of Journalism & New Media (IIJNM) based in Bangalore, Karnataka, is a leading post-graduate school of journalism and media. The curriculum combines both theory and practice to prepare its graduates for positions in the media industry. The centre started in January 2001.

Times School of Journalism, based in New Delhi, offers Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism including six weeks internship with the Times of India and The Economic Times. The eligibility criteria is graduation in any discipline with 50% marks. However, a PG degree and a background in Economics, Management, Finance, Law or Science and Technology preferred.

Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) also offers courses in mass communication. It provides basic knowledge to students on Journalism and Mass Communication by sharpening the basic skills needed to function effectively in a media organization.

For those interested in acting and modeling, Film and Television Institute of India – Pune is a good option. It is an old and renowned institute and has produced well-known actors working in the film and television industry today.

There are various branches of mass communication. In journalism, the main purpose is to inform, educate and enlighten the masses on current issues and various other social issues that are relevant to them. These days, reporters, news casters, video journalists, cameramen are in great demand. Advertising involves brand-building through effective and innovative communication. The market for advertising is also very competitive

Then, film-making is another interesting option. It involves study of skills used in acting, directing, producing, script writing, cinematography, sound recording, visual mixing and editing etc. These days, lots of youngsters are taking to film-making and are interested in assignments behind the camera as well. It requires a lot of creativity and thinking in a broader perspective. Next comes publishing & printing. A course in publishing involves study of scientific methods used in this industry. It also requires editorial understanding.

Public Relations as a stream is also part of mass communication. PR executives are also in demand as they are responsible for building the public image of an organization.

A report by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Ficci), says that India’s print and broadcast industries are expected to grow at a compounded annual rate of 14% and 22%, respectively, until 2012. While print is estimated to become a Rs.28,100 crore industry by 2012, television will be a Rs.60,000 crore sector. Thus, there is no dearth of opportunities in all these fields but youngsters have to understand that it is not just glamour but also a lot of hard work that goes in these professions.

‘Identity Thief’ Movie Starring Jason Bateman Filmed In Georgia

“Identity Thief,” starring Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy, joins the long list of movies filmed in Georgia. The movie is about a man, Sandy, who is tricked by a woman named Diana, who is experienced at stealing identities. When Sandy finds out his identity has been stolen he decides to track Diana down himself and get her to Denver, where she can be prosecuted.

Filming takes place in several Georgia counties, including Telfair County, which recently earned the honor of being called a Camera Ready Community by the Georgia Film, Music and Digital Entertainment Office. Telfair County is among more than 130 other Georgia communities that now hold this title. The Ocmulgee River Bridge, located in Telfair and Jeff Davis Counties, was used for filming, along with Highway 19 in nearby Wheeler County. Telfair County earned the Camera Ready distinction shortly before the filming of “Identity Theft.” Being Camera Ready is good for the local community as well as production companies that choose to film in that area. Local resources and location information is more readily available for productions companies and the local community benefits when business is brought into the area during filming.

Conyers, which is located approximately 30 miles from Atlanta, was also used for filming “Identity Thief.” The downtown area was transformed into a movie set and many locals enjoyed observing the action. Just a few miles away, at the Georgia International Horse Park in Rockdale, more filming took place. Rockdale has been a popular filming location, with scenes from “Trouble With the Curve,” “American Reunion,” and “Teen Wolf” also filmed there.

The Georgian Terrace, which was the location for the premier gala for “Gone With the Wind” back in the 1930’s, makes an appearance in “Identity Theft” as well. The beautiful Georgian Terrace Hotel was built more than 100 years ago and has served as a location for many important events. One of the stars in “Identity Thief,” Jason Bateman, had previously been to this location for filming the movie “The Change-Up” and returned for the filming of “Identity Thief.”

Atlanta is used in place of Denver in this film. In addition to the locations already mentioned, The 191 Peachtree Building, the Colonnade Restaurant, and the Perimeter Mall make appearances in the movie.

The film industry in Georgia is thriving and this is having a positive and important impact on the Georgia economy. With the number of television shows and movies being filmed in Georgia growing and the filming of high profile movies like “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” taking place in Georgia, it seems the film industry here will only continue to grow and succeed.