My First Job In Film
Industry Overview and Careers Guide
Career advice and Industry Knowledge for New Entrants to the UK Film Industry
A wide range of things spark people interest in the film industry. Hooked by the prospect of blockbuster profits or the glitz of globe-trotting award ceremonies; drawn by the chance to see their stories unfold on screen or the prestige of associating with A-list celebrities, many people consider working in this most dynamic of industries.
Whatever the perspective, they are united by a common goal: to create something that will have people paying to sit in a darkened room with strangers and watch photons bounce off a wall.
While the above experiences all exist within the varied world of film-making, it can be important to cling to that one shared goal because the reality of working in the industry doesn’t always match up to its glamorous reputation. New entrants can be surprised by their experiences and find themselves lacking the knowledge to make informed decisions on their career paths.
While it probably comes as no surprise that an enormous amount of work goes into the finished product and most film-making is typified by unglamorous graft as opposed to the gloss of the tabloids, the realities of the UK film industry remain a mystery to many. For example, very few films outside of the Hollywood studio system go on to make much money.
Despite the large sums involved, it’s rare for much to be left over once the intricate web of financiers have recouped the costs of their investment. Few people make big money in the UK film industry. This is coupled with strong competition for work, especially entry-level roles. As such, it can seem daunting to chase a living in film-making.
With a clear understanding of the process and its pitfalls, though, you can find the right path to a career in this unique, varied and rewarding industry. Passionate, resourceful and determined individuals will find strong prospects ahead of them.
With so many myths and misconceptions, the advice on My First Job in Film gives you everything you need to learn how The Industry
really works, from development to distribution. It also makes sure you have all the information needed to get that first step on the ladder and separates fact from fiction so you know what you’ll be doing in Entry Positions
when you get there. On top of that, it makes sure you’re In The Know
about ways to learn more and get involved with film-making at all levels.
Whatever your inspiration or ambition, My First Job in Film makes sure you’re equipped to go after it.