In this blog Marcel, our Film & Production Consultant,
gives advice on how to break into the notoriously difficult Film
& Production industry.
The Film & Production Industry is exuberant, demanding,
exciting, Inspiring, relentless, innovative and extremely
competitive. A bitter sweet concoction that lures thousands of
bright, young and enthusiastic hopefuls to its seemingly impervious
On the inside Film & Production is full of passionate people
throwing their heart and soul into a vocation they truly love, It's
no wonder so many have an ambition of establishing a place for
themselves in this Industry.
The only problem is, breaking into Film and Production can be
notoriously difficult! That's why a relevant industry related
degree could prove invaluable in helping you stand out from the
As with most careers there is more than one way to reach the
position you aspire to in Film and production. Whether you dream of
becoming an Editor, Motion Graphics Artist, Producer, Director, or
you haven't quite decided where you'd fit in yet (but are bursting
with creativity), you need some sort of idea of how to get
Although a strong academic background is not at all necessary to
become successful in the Film & Production industry, it
definitely does help.
It provides you with an in depth understanding of the subject
area and most courses will give you the opportunity to gain
invaluable practical experience within the industry. This results
in a solid platform for you to leap up off after Graduating.
There is also a growing pressure on Universities to keep up to
date with what's happening in industry so the courses they offer
stay relevant. This means you will be using the same kinds of
cameras, software and equipment used in industry whilst at
Below are some leading Universities in the Northwest and just
some of the Television & Production related courses they
University of Salford
"The University of Salford is a friendly, vibrant and pioneering
University. We continually invest in our campus, facilities and
industry partnerships to enhance your student experience and
provide opportunities to develop the skills needed to succeed in
Courses offered include:
Television & Radio
University of Chester
"Enthusiastic and responsive, the University of Chester is
committed to providing the very best in teaching, learning,
research, student support and partnerships."
Courses Offered include:
Liverpool John Moores University
"The exceptional student experience LJMU offers is founded on
high quality teaching, ground-breaking research and dedicated staff
throughout the University."
Courses Offered include:
Creative Writing & Film Studies
Alongside your Degree it's also important to get as much hands
on practical experience as possible. One extremely good way to of
doing this is as a Runner! (And I'm not talking 1500 metres). This
is an entry level position where you'll have to work long hours for
little or no pay. You'll also have to be willing to do absolutely
anything that they ask you to, no matter how big or small, but it's
well worth it!
It's a great position for you to learn what working life in Film
& Production is all about. You will be involved in all areas of
the business and will get to know everyone from Production
Assistants to the Managing Director on a personal level as you will
running around after them all day!
And if you haven't decided where you think you'd best fit within
a production company then the time spent in this position will
definitely help you decide. You will gain invaluable insight and a
better understanding of the entire production process from pre to
Almost all Production companies are open to giving young and
enthusiastic undergraduates an opportunity to experience life in
Industry, whether it be a month's internship, a week long trial or
even a day's experience!
If you are offered any of these opportunities TAKE THEM! And if
you haven't been thinking about looking for these kind of
Having recruited for some of some of the leading Production
companies in Manchester I have seen that enthusiasm and passion
gets you a long way in this industry. The more active you are in
getting some practical experience within Industry (no matter what
the role) the more your passion shines through to potential
employers. So get out there and get involved!