Every year media companies receive thousands of CVs from hopeful applicants who are dreaming about starting their careers within the film, TV and online media industries. Though it might seem like an impossible feat to break into these competitive markets, with the right training it is possible to launch your career effectively and stand out from the crowd. If you are passionate about working within the moving image industries, it will come as a relief to know that there are more openings than ever before for qualified graduates in today’s evolving employment market.
The past few years have seen a wealth of exclusive streaming services whiz onto our screens, from Sky Go and Amazon Prime, to Netflix and beyond. These new platforms and technologies come attached to a wealth of brand-new roles – which industry employers around the globe are eagerly hoping to fill. “The opportunities are huge, if you choose to take them”, – says Jonny Persey, Director of Met Film School, one the fastest growing film, television and online media schools in the UK.
But while many prospective students dream of directing the next blockbuster hit, the fact is they remain completely unaware of the sheer range of roles they could potentially take on within the screen content industries. Met Film School provides students with the training they need in a range of disciplines in high demand by today’s market. Some of the key growth areas are listed below.
1. Consider a career in documentary and factual filmmaking
“I’ve had the opportunity to work on a number of exciting and unique projects, including the award-winning documentary Sour Grapes, which had its world premiere at the Hot Docs film festival in Toronto earlier this year”, – says Robert Panners who managed to secure a placement at Met Film Production after graduation. “I’ve also had the chance to provide a wide range of support by helping with research, organising delivery materials to send to domestic and international documentary festivals and providing feedback on scripts.”
Met Film School is launching a new MA in Documentary and Factual Filmmaking in March 2017, you can find out more here.
2. Break into cinematography
Your main responsibility as DOP is to use camera and lighting techniques to emotionally connect your audience to the story. After graduation, Met Film School students have gone on to work as cinematographers, camera operators, focus pullers and gaffers in film, TV, documentary/factual programming and commercials.
Ben Calloway is an example of the School’s DOP success, graduating from the MA Cinematography back in 2015. But Ben’s hard work throughout this intensive one-year programme certainly paid off, since he now works as a freelance camera assistant and DOP for feature films, shorts, TV commercials, and popular music videos.
3. Gain producing skills
This, partially, explains why MA Producing has the highest employment rate at Met Film School. Currently, 100% of Met’s MA Producing graduates find jobs in the creative industries upon completion of their Master’s course. For example, Isadora Laban, who graduated in 2015, is now working for Brazil’s 3rd biggest production house and the home of HBO’s Latin-American hit show The Business.
4. Become a screenwriter
Screenwriting is often viewed as one of the film industry’s most creative crafts. Screenwriters are usually seen as innovative visionaries, mindful storytellers and passionate narrators behind many of our best-loved screen tales.
Our graduates have gone on to work in a range of roles within the screen industries. Met graduate Renata Pereira, for example, secured a role of Assistant Script Editor at Big Light Productions, the company founded by writer and producer Frank Spotnitz (creator of The X-Files and The Man in the High Castle).
5. Learn the latest postproduction, animation & VFX techniques
One of the fastest-growing areas of employment within moving image industry is postproduction, animation and VFX. Editors play a key role in the overall production process, often making or breaking a movie. Demand for talented individuals skilled in the latest postproduction and VFX techniques is currently high, particularly within the UK.
Met Film School offers a range of postproduction and VFX courses at MA and short course level providing those interested in entering the industry with the practical skills for employment in this growing area. Through state-of-the-art technologies and industry-informed teaching, Met Film School is catapulting students to the top of the production game. The school’s alumni have worked on a range of blockbuster projects including The Jungle Book, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, and beyond.
Met Film School is a leading provider of screen creative education based in Ealing Studios in London and in YouTube Space in Berlin. Download a prospectus to find out more about its accredited and short courses.