Identify and define a career path available to you in pursuing your chosen career. Explain the value (or otherwise) of additional training or education. If you plan to apply for particular schemes or funding strands, define these by their specific audiences and requirements. Don’t tell us you’ll move to a city — explain which city, how you’ll fund this, and what opportunities this provides. Don’t say you’ll find work as an editing assistant — explain which post houses you might apply to, what your tasks will be, how you can develop your career around this. Don’t say you’ll be a camera operator — identify the hire houses that you’ll work for, and explore the benefits and challenges of doing so. Fully explain the actions, experience, promotion, contacts and evidence you’ll need to develop a successful career. Be specific. This isn’t about ‘a director’ or ‘an editor’ or ‘an animator’, it’s about you. (500-700 words)
1.Explain the route you will take to achieve your career goal and discuss any potential barriers.
I want to be a director, but to get there I need to set out a plan. I will start off by getting more work experience and expand my film social circle whilst still working full time in a job. Once I can afford to travel around, I will start looking at small film jobs then work my way up by gaining more experience, whilst making my own films and getting a bigger portfolio. The biggest potential barrier is money. This can get in the way of me traveling to jobs, accommodation and other expenses. At the moment I can even afford equipment, so I need to keep saving up. Another obstacle that is linked to money, is moving out of Lancaster. There isn’t any film jobs around Lancaster, therefor it would be best to move out to somewhere where there is jobs and availabilities.
2. Do you require any further education or training, or will this be beneficial to you in the long run? If so, what is it and how will you fund or access it?
As I have decided not to go to university this year, I think it’s important for me to look into other ways of getting further education and training. I’ve already looked into courses at Met Film School, which could help me but they are very expensive. Another way I could get further education is online courses, for example the film courses they offer at Lynda. (https://www.lynda.com/) They run online course which you make a monthly amount for, which you can get a qualification at the end. This could help me by gaining experience and having more information from the film industry. However, it does have down sides. A lot of industry professionals might not see an online qualification seriously, as it might not be seen as working hard for it. Furthermore, I’m not good at listening or reading, then taking in the information. Therefor, I might not learn a lot so the courses would be pointless for me personally.
On the other hand, there are other pathways for me to take for further education and training. There are lots of training workshops that can help people concentrate on one aspect of filmmaking and become more educated in it. A company that holds these workshops is London Film School. (http://lfs.org.uk/workshops/new-directors-package) For example, a workshop I could go to is ‘Directing Actors.’ (http://lfs.org.uk/workshops/lfs-workshops/253/directing-actors-getting-right-performance) This covers lots of different tips to help you be a better director. I don’t think this is something I would do in the next year, but definitely something I would do in the future, as it helps you become more skilled in certain areas you might not be as good at.
3.Explain how you will fund the work you do. Are there any potential funding strands or can you get sponsorship for your film? Are there commissions available in your area of the industry?
Funding work is one of the problems that most young filmmakers come across. I think that getting money to help me develop as a filmmaker is going to be one of my biggest future struggles. Something I have started doing, is saving up. I work part time as a self defence instructor, which helps me get money to pay for things. At the moment, I don’t earn much, but I’m working on getting a qualification that will help me run self defence courses during the day. If this something I aim for, and keep doing other jobs, I should be able to afford getting my own equipment and saving up for films.
There are other options long term that will help me raise money for making films, like funding. I have already talked about BFI funding schemes but there are other ways of gaining money for films. An example of this is entering film competitions. Normally, there is some sort of cash prize for film competitions. By winning, you can fund your next film, and get more funding each time you make a film and win in a festival or competition. Although I don’t think it’s something that I can completely rely on to help me fund films, it’s always worth entering competitions, even if you don’t win money. This is because more people will watch your film and it could get noticed by someone important. An example of a film festival is The Raindance Film Festival. http://raindancefestival.org/about/
4.Which geographical area would be best suited to your intended career path and why?
To make sure I have a sucessful career, I need to find a geographical location that will help support my future. A place that I want to aim to move to in the near future is Manchester. Manchester is now the home to lots of media and film companies, and also where a lot of production companies base there offices. BBC in 2012 called it a ‘magnet for movie-makers’. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-19260788) There’s normally job openings and opportunities in Manchester if you look on film websites or job websites. (https://www.indeed.co.uk/jobs?q=film+production&l=manchester#)
I understand that it’s hard to move to Manchester, so I would have to move to an area that isn’t affluent to begin with. This would mean moving to an outer part of Manchester. From research I found out that you can get shared housing or rooms with everything you need for just under £400 a month. (http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-to-rent/find.htmllocationIdentifier=REGION%5E904&maxBedrooms=1&maxPrice=400) On top of this, I would need around £200 every moth for food, and around £100 for other expenses. Then around £150 to travel, unless I can bike to place. Thats around £850 a month which I would need as my minimum.
To be able to do this, I would look into getting a permanent job that is film related. I also am trying to get my self defence teaching certificate so I can start taking my own self defence courses, or work for a large self defence company in the area. People can pay up to £600 for a six week course, so I could afford the monthly expenses.
5. Do you intend to work for yourself (freelance) and set up your own company? Or will you work for an employer? What will be required in both instances?
I think that it’s hard to work freelance straight away, especially someone like me who hasn’t got a university degree, equipment or a lot of money. To start with, I would like to work for a company. I am good at organising and planning, so I could start by applying to help assist on sets or be a general assistant. This is a good place to start as it means you get to know a lot of people who make films by working closely with them. I can then keep working my way up by showing people my films and gaining trust. To do this, I can apply for jobs I find online. I can find these jobs by looking on certain job finding websites that are designed for filmmakers like Production Base. (http://www.productionbase.co.uk/film-tv-jobs?gclid=CJTowcjV39ECFeUV0wodnE0F7A) On the site, employers can upload jobs that they need people to, and you can search for very specific jobs in specific locations. This would be good for me as I can keep looking for permanent or non permeant jobs which I can do.