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Looking for film production jobs: where will you fit in?

Looking for film production jobs: where will you fit in?

There are lots of entry level positions for film production jobs, such as runner, writer and production assistant. Let’s take a look at what they involve.

The film industry is a vast and growing industry. In 2011 the British Film Industry was worth around £4.6 billion with an international intake of £1.5 trillion. Films have become an integral part of modern society, and are able to communicate social, political and economic messages as well as creating an entertaining, relatable story.

The film sector has grown dramatically over the last 20 years meaning there are substantially more film production jobs than ever before. However, at the same time, the popularity of working within film oftentimes means starting or entry level positions will consist of a lot of hard work for little pay. Media is one of the most competitive areas of all graduate careers but a genuine passion and interest in film as well as a high level of determination to succeed means that many graduates are making their way into film production jobs.

Within the UK the following five film production jobs are typical for entry level positions:

  1. Runner

    Usually operates under the umbrella of work experience or an internship. Generally making your way into the film production industry will begin with a runner position, with experience being the most important factor in a film career. A runner’s role will be wide and varying encompassing fetching and carrying tasks and generally helping out with whatever needs doing.

  2. Production Assistant

    Can be attached to individual actors or film-makers and are responsible for performing small but important tasks in the office, around the set and on location. Usually being on a freelance basis, production assistants are notoriously low paid and can include tasks from the menial to the crucial. The experience gained however is priceless and can provide new workers with a wealth of background in the film industry as well as a fundamental stepping-stone for future film production jobs. Film Editor – is a mechanic who removes the unneeded and fits pieces of film together to make a finished movie. A film editor will work with cinematographers and sound editors to bring sight and sound together.

  3. The film editor

    involves hours of running through footage and assembling a film by a half second at a time.

  4. Writer’s Assistant

    Will assist the head writer or writers with essential office duties such as reading and typing scripts, and print and add revisions to scripts. The role of the writer’s assistant is wide-ranging with a key ability for multitasking. They will be supporting the needs of the writer or writers with show producers, show and studio executives, managers, agents, and actors.

  5. Sound Assistant

    are responsible for supporting the production sound crew. They will ensure all sound stock is working correctly and replacements are available including microphones, batteries and equipment.

Building a career within the film sector requires a high level of dedication and building up experience within the film environment. Entry-level roles are key for getting your foot in the door for film production jobs.

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