Found 15th Jul 2010
So i've recently graduated from University with first degree honours and im looking to break into the film industry...

Does anyone on here work in the film industry or know anyone that does?

How and what are the best ways to get into the industry now i have finished University and where are the best places to start looking for jobs?

Any help would be great guys...

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I have a friend who is a film critic and writes independent reviews which he gets paid pretty well for-he also has his own podcast on itunes-you can search for "montage film podcast" on itunes-his name is robert duffin.

maybe not the sort of job you are looking for but hopefully it may be of use-if not,no worries.

We all know BG1 and how famous he is in LOST.

Banned

First things i would ask are.

*Do you have a website?
*Showreel?
*Do you have an active presence online in the film industry? ie: forums, social networks, blogs
*Do you have a network?

If you can self brand yourself you become a much stronger candidate for any work in the film industry.

Call every production company you can find and see if any have jobs as runners. That's about the only way to get started. Once you've got real experience you can either move up the company or apply for other jobs with other company's.

Do you know which area you want to work in? and what area are you best in ?

My daughter graduated last year and she's still looking (but is getting work for most of the month with a number of company's), its hard out there at the moment.

congrats on ur 1st class degree

Well done on your degree, I work for ITV I know its not the film industry but I do have some very good contacts here and in the US and would help you as much as I can there.

What area you looking to get into? I would advise you very differently depending on the type of area you are wanting to work in ie technical, production etc.

PM me if you want I'll send you my email address to help you.

steve1221

Call every production company you can find and see if any have jobs as … Call every production company you can find and see if any have jobs as runners. That's about the only way to get started. Once you've got real experience you can either move up the company or apply for other jobs with other company's.Do you know which area you want to work in? and what area are you best in ?My daughter graduated last year and she's still looking (but is getting work for most of the month with a number of company's), its hard out there at the moment.



Hello Steve, where is your daughter from and what area does she want to get into?

Is she after work in the film industry too or TV?

PM me if you want with the above and we can have a chat.

Give

Original Poster

barky

I have a friend who is a film critic and writes independent reviews which … I have a friend who is a film critic and writes independent reviews which he gets paid pretty well for-he also has his own podcast on itunes-you can search for "montage film podcast" on itunes-his name is robert duffin.maybe not the sort of job you are looking for but hopefully it may be of use-if not,no worries.



Thanks very much Barky, Not really what im looking to get into however i will check the pod cast out as it may be of use.

deb8z

We all know BG1 and how famous he is in LOST.



I know i was hoping he would come and sort me out brahhh...

MusicalMan

First things i would ask are.*Do you have a website?*Showreel?*Do you … First things i would ask are.*Do you have a website?*Showreel?*Do you have an active presence online in the film industry? ie: forums, social networks, blogs*Do you have a network?If you can self brand yourself you become a much stronger candidate for any work in the film industry.



I have a website/vimeo/flicker page for films and photography, i'm currently in the process of finishing up my showreel which will be online in the next few weeks, as for an active presence online on forums social networks and blogs i don't, Can you recommend and to look at?

I'm trying to build a network of people who i have worked with as i'm trying to do everything and anything in the media industry to get me started.


steve1221

Call every production company you can find and see if any have jobs as … Call every production company you can find and see if any have jobs as runners. That's about the only way to get started. Once you've got real experience you can either move up the company or apply for other jobs with other company's.Do you know which area you want to work in? and what area are you best in ?My daughter graduated last year and she's still looking (but is getting work for most of the month with a number of company's), its hard out there at the moment.



I'm in the process of going through production companies and sending my cv off to them, along with applying to BBC north which is moving to manchester and applying for things that are coming up on the guardian, however the guardian does not really cater for film specific rolls.


magicbeans

congrats on ur 1st class degree



Thank's Very much Magicbeans

nwressell

Well done on your degree, I work for ITV I know its not the film industry … Well done on your degree, I work for ITV I know its not the film industry but I do have some very good contacts here and in the US and would help you as much as I can there.What area you looking to get into? I would advise you very differently depending on the type of area you are wanting to work in ie technical, production etc.PM me if you want I'll send you my email address to help you.



Thank's very much nwressell, I'm ideally looking to get into the production side of film, i want to be hands on making the films and program's as i've specialised in single camera. my main aim is camera/directing, however at the moment i know you can't be to picky so i'm looking for anything that will give me a foot in the door.

Usual route is to go in as a runner, Warning though it is a total dogsbody role, and my mate who is now a Producer starting as a runner for LWT, and some of the tasks she had to do bordered on the ridiculous to the criminal.
One of the actors would demand a litre of vodka at 10am, and another would like a gram of coke before he could start work.

Another mate is an accountant in the film industry, and some of the perks he gets are amazing.

Banned

Give up and go into teaching!!

Only kidding, give it your all to get where you want to be... then go into teaching if that fails.

Original Poster

master_chief

Give up and go into teaching!!Only kidding, give it your all to get where … Give up and go into teaching!!Only kidding, give it your all to get where you want to be... then go into teaching if that fails.



God no, i would hate teaching haha
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