What is it like working in the film industry?
I would not say that the film industry is something that comes easy to some people. As a more imaginative introvert, doing the most practical duties can be quite stressful. Though, there is more to the film industry than everyone expects, if you do not happen to work in the industry already. It is not just about pointing the camera to very good ‘imitators’ for the entertainment of others, it is immensely more than that. so much time and effort goes into actually making the production. The crews are quite colossal, even the allocation of 10 to carry out roles on a short film is way too small, so much creation comes from each department. The director has a picture in mind and tries to find people who would express the idea, in a way that seems suitable to them. An alternative would be the writer of the script, finding people to fulfil the idea. Other than that, there are so many roles for each individual and all roles are crucial, whether you are directing or focus pulling, production management or part of the art department, editing or sound, without the crucial components of the team, it will be more problematic for the true goal to be reached. That goal would be making the film and completing it with success. The film industry depends on team work. It can not all be done by one person, even films with one actor. The sound has to be in check, the focus has to be sharp, the props required must be suitable for said scene. The jobs are quite lengthy, sometimes even tedious. That is to say, if you do not have the passion or perseverance to work in film, you should not do it. Directing sounds very pretentious to everyone; it shows success. From Wes Anderson, to Guillermo Del Toro, who wouldn’t want to be proud and say, I have won x academy awards and I will seem cool and make money. These directors worked very intensely to get where they are today and if there is no propensity, you can not make it and you should not consider doing it.
Give 10 examples of qualities you need to work in the film industry
- Perseverance-To never give up as many say. Perseverance is quite key,as it very rare to start a career in film and suddenly be on the top, whether acting or directing. There will be times that some films will not have a successful outcome , or if you are acting, you will not always get the role , that you aspire for. If you give up before the first hurdle, so much dreams would go into landfill and never be seen again. Every piece of hard work counts but the only thing that keeps one working is if they never give up.
2. Organisation: It is important to always have a set plan on what is required to doing each day of each scene or what exercises are required to improve acting. If there is a lack of organisation, the film lacks the chance of reaching great potential. No one will be aware of what they are doing and hence, the crew will not be able to work their best. It is important to have a schedule and shot list, to complete the film in time and maintain crew synchronisation.
3. Independence-Although you do require team work, you also have to sometimes take initiative if the crew is not as organised so it does not create a domino effect on the whole team. The domino effect can push back deadlines which is not an issue to aspire to deal with. Make sure that you don’t always rely on the team, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t trust your team, but don’t use the team as you backbone of duties.
4. An open mind- This does greatly stand out to directors and camera operators. This is the due to fact that only sticking to shot lists or certain ideas that you may have created from the script can always be improved and refined, that even includes excluding certain actions and even improvising. If everything appeals real and thematic to the film’s element, it can be perceived well to the audience and no one will know… With camera operators, the shot list is a great guide, but until it is actually been filmed, we can not say which shot is best. This means that if a scene, requires an extreme close up and it doesn’t seem natural, don’t use it! change it while you can. Editing can only do so much.
5. Punctuality- Always be on time, no matter which role is being played, whether key or supporting. If there a persistence in tardiness, it really pushes back schedule which can affect the ending of shooting and post production.
6. Communication-Communication acts as a gate way to share ideas and motives for the actual. This is important as it can make or break a film, but it can also provide networks for people to gain opportunities. Though, if someone lacks communication, many opportunities may be lost and conflict can be caused, if no one corresponds as a team.
7. Team work- Yes, I did put independence on the list, but the film industry is a collaborative industry, so if no one can work in a collaborative space, to create a film will not work, in terms of creation, because not everyone may agree.
8. Creation- Creation is the root to a good film, Creation is the key point of making each film be unique, even if they are in the same genre. If an idea, is not creative enough, in the sense that it isn’t unique, the movie may be type casted and would not play a legendary effect in future aspirations.
9. Assertiveness- You should not be afraid in explaining to people, how the job should be carried out, if not done correctly. If equipment is not handled correctly, it should be said so, each part is crucial and if one piece of equipment breaks, it may increase shooting duration, as it will need to be replaced. Though, when being assertive, it should be in a professional manner to the work can be continued.
10. A set goal: All the requirements above, will have no purpose if there is not a set goal. The goal has to be clear, concise and doable in the time that you have given for shooting and post production. If there is no set goal, the work is towards nothing and the success of everything else, no matter how great the film may be, will fail.
***The links below may help if you need more info after your masterclass with Rupert:
Useful for job roles and progression as well as information about the industry
Good introduction to working in the industry
Why is time management important in the film industry?
Give at least 4 examples of good time management skills
***please upload the call sheets for your two shoots, and any other production documentation (schedules etc)
Describe the key aspects of health and safety when working on film productions
Describe at least 3 health and safety considerations for your own film
***please upload the risk assessment for your primary shoot
1.4 & 1.5
***please summarise or upload the copyright information you learned in your first editing class with Tom
Why does copyright law exist?
What kind of work is covered by copyright?
What might happen if you were to use copyrighted material in your film?
How can you make sure not to infringe copyright law in your film?
How has copyright law affected your film production?
***You might also find the following links useful to complete this section: