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We have all seen movies, documentaries and informational films and are aware of the high profile jobs associated with this industry. In addition to the high profile positions, there are a wide range of behind-the-scenes jobs for those with diverse educational backgrounds and skill sets. There are two sides of the industry, the creative side and the business side. The creative side works with all aspects of making the films, the business side handles the promotion and distribution of the finished product, as well as the legal and financial aspects. There may be crossover between the two, with some professionals spanning both sides of the industry.
The creative side is divided into three phases: pre-production, production and post-production. Here are some possible occupational titles within each phase. Some occupations stretch through all phases; most entry-level positions do not.
Even before the production is completed, those working on the business side begin doing their part. Marketing, promotions, and publicity departments are strategizing when and how the film should be marketed and identifying the target market. Those in distribution begin preparations for release in theatres, home video release, and release on pay-per-view and cable networks. There are also professionals who oversee the financial and legal aspects associated with production and distribution of films and movies. The range of career options within the industry is extensive.
For more detailed information on career options meet with a UCS counselor.
The film industry is very competitive and can be difficult to break into. As in other career fields, networking connections are very important for landing a job or internship. Experience gained through internships or extracurricular activities is essential, and will allow you to establish connections that could potentially lead to future positions. Establishing yourself takes time. Your first years in the industry may be spent in lower paying and less challenging positions before you are able to move up. Flexibility, persistence, hard work and motivation are all pre-requisites for success in the industry.