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- September 7, 2008 at 11:04 PM #42919AnonymousInactive
Hello everyone. I’ve noticed that there is a pretty good mixture of professionals and students on this forum. I’m at a point in my career that I’m thinking about moving from some random freelance video production work to full-time professional. I’m wondering how important an education in video production/multimedia or something similar is… I’m not looking at making films, I’m thinking more of working for an established company (NFL Films would be my dream job). Does anyone have suggestions regarding the best approach? Anything would be much appreciated.
Thanks in advance.
I am not sure about the television industry, but I know that here directors out there who willactuallymark a “film school” on yourresumagainstyou, though that is theextremethere are and many that simply give no credit to it. I their mind “film school” says has spent 4 years in an uncreativeartificialenvironmentthat haslittleto do with he real world. Sounds harsh, but its how they see it.
I would expect to some degree it might be the same in TV land. A good demo real will get you a job MUCH faster. Show them you are good, that you are creative, and with TV, can work on a tight deadline.
on the one hand you could spend tens of thousands on an education…
on the otherhand you could spend tens of thousands on equipment…
either way you could wind up making it big if you have talent….
you could also wind up unemployed, even if you have talent….
only one choice leaves you with tens thousands of dollars worth of equipment, you sell, to feed yourself with….. try selling a diploma….
i feel like you learn more through experience than with school.
I agree, rob. experience and a demo reel are better than school. I did only one year at my local community college before realizing that it wasn’t doing me any good to stay their longer, since I knew more than the guys who had been there for two-three years.
Another good idea is to learn a lot of cameras/formats and especially software. I don’t say this just because I’m a software freak, but because you can go look for jobs and one of the main requirements is “Must know Final Cut Pro, After Effects…” or “Must know Premiere, Flash…” or whatever.
After all, you discover that every Avid video company loves it’s own Studio (software) and will always use it for the Movie Edit Process down to the Final Cut, regardless of whether the Premiere is in Vegas or not. You will have to learn the software they use, so why not start now?
Did you like that last part? Studio is Pinnacle Studio. 🙂
After all, you discover that every Avid video company loves it’s own Studio (software) and will always use it for the Movie Edit Process down to the Final Cut, regardless of whether the Premiere is in Vegas or not. You will have to learn the software they use, so why not start now? Did you like that last part? Studio is Pinnacle Studio. 🙂
Can I quote you on that! LOL