Film Unions and Guilds require applicants to have on-set experience. This is often gained through work on an independent production, but film school training is also taken into account. Opportunities do exist in film-making. If you have perseverance, talent, and prior skills, an accredited film school program will give you the confidence and hands-on experience you need to get started in your career.
From producing and directing to lighting and decorating a set, it takes an army of craftspeople to create a film. Although most movie-making skills traditionally have been learned through union apprenticeships, production companies are beginning to recognize the value of a post-secondary film program. This positive response from the industry is good news for those seeking a career in movie-making.
Successfully completing classes in film is only one part of the qualifications and experience required to land a job in film and television. While an accredited film school will help you discover your talents, equally important will be your prior work and educational skills. For example, Special Effects Departments often require experience in a related technical field such as mechanics. In post-production editing, a trainee technician might have worked in a TV production house and have a degree in Broadcast Communications. A digital artist will have an art-design background.
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