“Get In Media has put together an organisational chart that breaks down the different phases of filmmaking, listing the various crew positions associated with each department, and illustrating the hierarchy among them.”
This is a fantastic chart of the hierarchies found in larger films. Everyone almost reports to each other. But you have the three production components: development and pre-production, production principle photography and post production: editing. My desired position would either be in the development and pre-production or the editing process at the end. Within this industry its hard work and showing what you have, a degree in film isn’t going to make a director straight away. You need to learn how all the cogs work in the industry and that knowledge and years of experience are how you start to move up the ranks.
The potential mentors I can contact to gain valuable advice are:
- A director/producer of a small film company: this kind of mentor would be able to explain all the in’s and out’s of their company, a smaller company rather than a bigger one needs its employees to be able to swap and change roles, therefore knowledge in various areas are necessary and that would be a good place to start to understand. I could find this mentor through Pedestrian TV, purely contacting them off Vimeo or their website.
- An owner of a company in the arts industry, either an events company or a multimedia company: I would be able to ask the question about what clients want and how to fit a particular brief, they would have knowledge of how the customers want a particular thing, and the trends. I have a contact already in this are and have her email.
- freelance artist: This mentor would be able to shed light on the financial obstacles, and how to create a balance between work and social life, and interchanging between freelance work and working for a larger corporation.
University degree completion <25
1st job, hopefully from internship, start at the bottom, small company, <28
learn all the in’s and out’s, enough to know if you went into a larger
company and can step up.
Network and get some really good contacts,
find out what other jobs will be more suitable <29
for progression in a company. while still at the first job
get a job that I enjoy more, with progression, work way up <35
Re-evaluate what I want to do, do I want to freelance, <37
create my own company teach? and take steps needed.
Identify three target organisations/professionals/pathways?
1. NETFLIX/FOXTEL/FOX STUDIOS
Within Television, your not only dealing with the production and directing hierarchy but also board members and a business. The hierarchies within Fox studios would be:
TV production personnel are usually categorised as either above-the-line or below-the-line. Creative personnel such as producers, writers, directors, and actors are classified as above-the-line, while technical personnel such as camera, audio, TD, VTR, grip, and gaffer are classified as below-the-line. Although it may appear as if this is a delineation between “creative” and “technical” jobs, it is actually done merely for accounting purposes on a TV show’s budget.
This article explains the hierarchies within the television industry, and who they key players are. http://www.csudh.edu/televisionarts/docs/dma320-tv-industry-personnel.pdf
My desired position would be the director, almost any position, and knowledge in all positions leads to the director role. you need to understand how each component works in order to organise it in conjunction with other aspects of the production team or technical team.
To initiate contact, I would offer to intern through a runner position, or even just spectate to understand how it works. Observation and understanding, creating contacts and showing my work ethic. My mentors would be able to offer contacts, especially the business owner I know, she has contacts and works with animators, lighting sound and animation designers who also freelance, so there is this extended network I can cover.
2. FREELANCE WORK
The hierarchy is me, but the client is always in charge and is the boss. The key players are the competition of other businesses and freelancers. I would initiate contact with those other key players and the competition, by offering to collaborate with them and work together on projects to elevate both parties.
Research and Develop a Strategy of what Being Prepared might mean in your industry.
Film involves everything from props, editing, lighting, sound, script writing, casting, acting, pre-production planning, producing and the list goes on!
When looking for internships I shouldn’t just try to go for a film role, but expand my knowledge and practical skills so I can become an asset to a company who may need 1 person to cross over on multiple skills. The way I can achieve this is through internships, observing film sets, and studying different practices. I also need to create a network and contacts, a way of doing this is through internships as well, but also social media such as LinkedIn, even Instagram, platforms where you can showcase what you have to offer.