We all love movies right? Can you imagine a world where everyone loves their job? If we all could go to film school and get a great job we would live in a very different world.
- Producer – This is the top of the food chain. This is the person that controls how money gets spent on the production. The producer is sometimes also a writer or director. Skills: organization, budgeting, communication.
- Director – The director is the boss on set during production. He or she is in charge of what’s happening during shooting. Sometimes the director is also an editor. Skills: storytelling, management, creative.
- Production Assistant – This person works directly with the director or the producer and sometimes both. Keeping notes, shot logs, and tracking continuity is very important to the overall quality of the production. Skills: organization, communication, detail oriented.
- Camera Operator – Just like the name implies, this person is operating the camera during production. He or she is also involved in some of the technical decisions for the shoot. Skills: visual, creative, technical.
- Sound Operator – This person operates sound equipment. It may seem simple at first glance, but sound can be very technical and can make or break a production. Skills: technical, organization, creative.
- The Gear. Attending film school allows you to to use all that filmmaking equipment that you can’t afford to buy on your own. Hands-on experience can be one of your most valuable assets when applying for a job.
- Role-Playing. You get to try on and experience all the different roles on a film crew to see which ones fit you best. You will get a taste of what it’s like to actually be the director, the camera operator, or even the editor.
- Connections. The people you meet could be your future co-workers. The connections you make by networking could provide valuable information that leads to jobs or support in the future.
- Knowledge. Learning how to make a good film won’t just come to you, it takes study and practice. Do you want to make films that people want to watch or are you happy with home movies?
- Critiques. In film school, you will actually get to make a film and have your work critiqued by professionals in the field. That might sound scary right now, but it will make you a better filmmaker in the future. Having a critique in a safe encouraging environment like a classroom is better than finding out your work stinks after plopping down hours of hard work and thousands of dollars into gear, props, crew and/or talent pay.
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Attending film school allows you to to use all that filmmaking equipment that you can’t afford to buy on your own.