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So you want to work in Film?

The film industry is comprised of the commercial and technological institutions of filmmaking including film studios, production companies, screenwriting, score production, distribution, film festivals, directors, actors and other crew members.

A vibrant and active film production sector helps to promote a more thoughtful, imaginative and inquisitive Australian society through the actualisation of Australian stories on screen. The profile of the Australian film industry and the quality of the talent produced is disproportionate to our industry size and population. Film provides an effective medium through which Australia’s creative and technical talents are able to reach the world.

The Australian Government has an agency for supporting the development of film called the AFC. They focus their efforts on independant companies and individuals who are not connected to major distribution companies or broadcasters.

The largest film markets in the world by box office are the USA, China and Japan, yet the countries with the largest number of film productions include India and Nigeria as well as the USA. Due to infrastructure and labour costs, many films are made in countries outside of where the production company is located. For example, many Indian Bollywood films are made in the Americas, Asia and Europe, many Nigerian films are made in Ghana and a large number of US movies are filmed in Canada. One example of this was the Matrix films, made by a US production company yet shot almost entirely in Sydney.

Types of jobs in the Film industry include:

  • Actor
  • Executive Producer
  • Film director
  • Screenwriter
  • Animator
  • Casting director
  • Cinematographer
  • Lighting technician
  • Screenwriter

Personal Skills

Five key skills that will help you score a job in the Film industry:

  • Technical knowledge for your field of expertise (for example film craft for actors, the technical filmmaking process for directors).
  • Artistic and creative
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Personable, flexible, reliable
  • The ability to follow through and see a project to completion

Interview and Job Hunting tips

  • A lot of people in the film industry are following the mantra ‘fake it til you make it’, but sometimes being honest and humble will take you far. Be yourself and tell the truth.
  • Do your research and be the product they are looking for. Find out as much as you can in advance about what they need and impress them with your effort and enthusiasm.
  • Make sure you conduct a lot of research into the film, the company and the other people you’ll be working with. It won’t bode well for you if you don’t know the basics.
  • Be confident but not cocky and let your personality shine through. Be yourself and try and be someone they can have fun and enjoy a laugh with. Everyone wants to work with someone they like being with.