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Film Making Career

Film is considered as one of the most powerful media for communication. Making of film should be a blend of creativity and technicality which should be entertaining and informative to the public. Film making include feature films, documentaries, newsreels, Promotional films, TV commercials, music Videos etc.Today the film industry uses the latest technologies and techniques to make a film. The process starts from the initial story idea, script writing, acting,shooting, directing, producing,cinematography,sound recording, visual mixing, editing and so on. Now several institutes offers program in acting direction, cinematography, sound engineering and editing. Though this field requires inherent talents professional training will always help an individual to shape better. Thus this field involves a number of skilled people where each one plays a very important role in making a film

Stages of Film Making
  • Development. The script is written and drafted into a workable blueprint for a film.
  • Pre-production. Preparations are made for the shoot, in which cast and crew are hired, locations are selected, and sets are built.
  • Production. The raw elements for the finished film are recorded.
  • Post-production. The film is edited; music tracks (and songs) are composed, performed and recorded; sound effects are designed and recorded; and any other computer-graphic 'visual' effects are digitally added, and the film is fully completed.
  • Sales and distribution. The film is screened for potential buyers (distributors), is picked up by a distributor and reaches its theater and/or home media audience

Eligibility For Film Making Career

Educational Qualification: For technical courses basic eligibility is 10+2. For other courses it is graduation. There will be aptitude tests and interviews to assess the candidates talents. Duration of courses depends on the course one opts for and the institution chosen. There are Diploma, Post Diploma and even Certificate courses in each area of specialisation. Specialisation areas include production, direction, editing, cinematography, film processing, animation, acting, sound engineering, make up, photography and so on.
Personal Attributes: Artistic flair, ability to work cooperatively, sense of responsibility, ability to work under pressure, great physical stamina, strong visual sense, good communication skills and for production and direction; leadership qualities, ability to bring out talent in others, creative instincts as well as managerial and administrative abilities are essential.

Job Prospects For Film Making Career

The film making field is highly competitive and vast that has a lot of scope for employment opportunities. Candidates can find employment with
  • Film Studios
  • Production Companies
  • Advertising Agencies
  • Government Department
They can also start their own venture as
  • Actor: should be able to take in the directors requirement and reach the public
  • Producer: is the decision making authority and over all in charge of a film.
  • Director: he is responsible for the management in charge of all the creative aspects that go into the making of a film.
  • Editors: he who puts the film in correct sequential order synchronizes the sound track.
  • Cinematographer: he is involved in the planning and execution of a shoot.
  • Cameramen: handles the camera and the camera assistants
  • Soundmen: responsible for all sounds or effects that accompany visual images
  • Lighting Crews: determine lighting effects needed during each shot.
  • Film Critic: authoritatively write about the subject
  • Film Archivist: involved with the collection, arrangement and provision and preservation of archives.