10 Jobs for Filmmakers

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As a filmmaker, you should be more than aware of how tough it is to fund your art. In the early stages of your career, you are going to find it pretty difficult to source funding for your projects. As a result, everything is going to need to be paid for out of your own pocket. For this, you are going to need to work. On this page, we are going to discuss 10 jobs for filmmakers. Most of these are not glamorous jobs. You can’t really expect that when you are new to the industry, but all will allow you to hone your craft.

Camera rental house

If you are in one of the great ‘movie making’ cities, there is a good chance that there is a camera rental place in the local area. Here, you will be able to learn about various cameras and how to use them, as well as putting some cash in your pocket. This is a brilliant way to make money, and you will be learning how to use one of the main pieces of equipment required for some serious filmmaking. You may be able to net yourself a discount on some camera rentals!

Commercial directing

Local companies regularly advertise on television. For this, they need a commercial. As they are local companies, they will probably have a very limited budget that they can rely on for their projects. This is where you step in. You film their commercial for them. One of the major benefits is that you will have a wonderful piece of work that you can put in your portfolio. You also get to put on many different ‘filmmaker hats’. You should get a taste of directing, producing, and even a little bit of writing. This will not be regular work, but it is a start.

Business video shooting

Many companies out there require training videos and other corporate videos. You could be the one that produces them for the company! Once again, you get something nice for your portfolio and a nice amount of cash. This can be a tough area to break into, however. This is mainly down to the fact that not many companies, at least in comparision to commercial directing, require this type of video.

Personal Assistant

This is one of the most competitive jobs in the movie industry, at least when it comes to entry-level positions. Working as a personal assistant is not going to be glamorous in the slightest. In fact, you will hate many of the days that you work on the job. However, it is going to allow you to build up some wonderful contacts in the industry. Contacts, as you may well know, are the quickest route into an industry which is remarkably competitive.

Night work

I know this is not a ‘filmmaking job’ per se, but it is great for an aspiring filmmaker. If you work nights, the chances are that you are not going to be disturbed all that much. If you aren’t being disturbed, then you have time to work on your projects. You will actually be surprised at just how many filmmakers are going down this route. Working as a guard or at a gas station seems to be the best option here.

Writer-for-hire

Obviously, you will only want to go down this route if you are actually brilliant at writing. There are some writers out there who have more ideas in their head than they can conceivably shoot. Don’t worry, there may be people out there who can shoot them for you. You just have to sell them your idea. It can’t be stressed enough that you do have to be brilliant at writing. This is not a job that is going to be easy either. You will stumble across many hurdles along the way. However, you may find an indie filmmaker out there who can buy the script from you. In fact, smaller movie studios may do too. If you have a knack for selling scripts, then talk to an agent.

Cameraman for hire

If you are a dab hand with a camera, then this is the route you should go down, particularly if you have your own equipment. Many indie filmmakers out there do not have their own equipment or the skills required to use a camera correctly. This is where you step in. It is also a wonderful way to build up connections.

Producer

A producer is one of the best-paid jobs on the movie set. It is also one of the most misunderstood. A producer has to fill many hats. They acquire funding, they deal with talent, they basically manage the whole project. If you can get in as a producer on an indie film, this may open up options later on down the line. Obviously, if provides you with a lot of experience too.

Production Assistant

This is akin to a PA, only you will be working on the film set and not for somebody in particular. Many people will use this as a route into the industry as you will be close to so much talent. You also do not require any particular experience. You will, essentially, serve as a runner. Do what people tell you. This may include ‘guarding’ the entrance to the film set, or it may mean a donut run.

Boom operator

Once again, a nice route into the industry. It is one of the most difficult jobs on the list though. Holding a boom up straight for the majority of the day is incredibly tiring. You also have to be aware of where the boom is at all times. If you wish to get started, probably best working on a few indie productions and working your way up from there. Due to the difficulty of the job and the difficulty of finding somebody who can do this well, it should be fairly easy for smaller productions.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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