People seeking employment in the motion picture industry will be interested in the diverse opportunities included in their film career outlook. The business has evolved over the years, especially with the growing popularity of digital technology in what used to be a world of analog film stock. Today many productions use both media to tell their stories.
There are numerous different careers in film ranging from acting in front of the camera, to working in technical capacities on sets to putting the finishing touches on projects in post-production editing suites. Virtually every job in film allows for creative input. Certainly actors, writers and directors rely on their creativity to excel in their fields. Technical workers also contribute artistically, whether it’s a thoughtful placement of a grip’s flag to cut the light on a set wall to underscore the emotion of a scene or an electrician tilting a light at the correct angle to shine through a location’s window to convey late afternoon at 3:00 AM in actual time.
A film career outlook may very well include relocating to a traditional center of film production such as Hollywood. Other North American cities that have boasted thriving film communities over the years include New York, Toronto and Vancouver. On any given production, there may well be people from several countries working on the project, often bringing their expertise gained in another part of the world.
Students wishing to start their film careers may choose to begin by attending the various film schools in these movie capitals, actually living on or near campus while enrolled. Another option for those who don’t want to disrupt their current income or lifestyle is to study online. The advancement of internet technology allows for excellent communication between the online facilities and remote students, including transmission of portfolios and demo videos.
Workers in the mainstream movie and television industry will most likely gain membership in a guild or union, although the production centers have non-union avenues as well. Guilds represent directors and actors while technical unions represent virtually all other departments on set and in post-production. These members benefit from negotiations of collective bargaining agreements that strive to ensure safe working conditions and fair pay per the current agreement. The film career outlook in the non-union sector of production will probably rely more on networking with other workers personally, rather than receiving daily or show calls from a union office. In this case, online advertisement of jobs and positions helps non-union producers populate their crews.
An added benefit for those working on location is the possibility of traveling while working. Often locations chosen for film are fascinating themselves. For example, the crew of The Da Vinci Code enjoyed perusing exhibits between shots and setups while shooting at the Louvre. And enchanting settings are also created, such as the street scene in Cinderella Man spanning an entire Toronto block dressed with hundreds of background performers in formal vintage costumes with the back of the Hudson Bay store dressed as the façade of Madison Square Garden. To complete the effect dozens of 1930’s vehicles were placed on the street, including a period TTC streetcar.
A film career outlook includes rewarding camaraderie with many artistic individuals striving to put a story on the screen, and each project has the potential to become a favored legacy.