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#1 Michael Okorodudu

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Posted 06 April 2017 - 05:43 AM

Hello Guys, 

 

Getting into The Industry

 

I am creative writing student and have a few questions and queries regarding the industry of film and cinema. I do not have the benefits of nepotism, so I am starting from the bottom. I have worked for three years at some top companies in London (Liberties & Claridge's inc). Those experiences have exposed me to the realities of corporate companies, job ladders and management. They have given me the guile and awareness of what happens with the high-status businesses and sharpened my outlook regarding Industries.

 

The paid roles I am looking for (all entry positions)

 

Art Department Assistant

 

Film Administrator Assistant

 

Concept Artist Assistant

 

Storyboard Assistant

 

Junior Producer Assistant

 

Film development Assistant

 

Screenwriting Internship

 

DOP Apprentice / Internship

 

Portfolio / Experience / Relatable Knowledge

 

I am creating a short online portfolio with my screenplays as a prospectus for my work, portfolio for jobs. (6 Months available)
Studying a Creative Writing and Media Degree
Undergoing a Film Music Score course with Berklee University Online.

 

I study creative writing degree and understand the enterprise of having an innovative presentation/portfolio/C. V/ Compliment letter for getting a job role however what are the additional requirements of my pitch I could do to gain a contract?

How would I go on about contacting a company directly to express my interest in working with them? Is this a useful approach?

As I am not in the industry as of yet, would I need to get involved in an entertainment recruitment agency or hire a consultant to advise and guide me through the pathways and pitfalls of the Film scene via networking and contacts?

 

I do plan to make a short film and supply it with a printed leaflet which gives a brief snippet of the Cinema I aim to create, my skills, and showcase my relatable talents that could help their companies grow. How should I market this in regards to the job role I am keen?
Would I then aim to promote it to as many consortiums as possible?

 

My most pressing question is regarding the ‘other side’. I do not want to work for people that are the creative talents; I want to be the ‘creative content producer’, therefore is there a route in 2017 which would be monetary instead of a freelance Cinematographer, Screenwriter, Videographer? If so what is it? Moreover, what would be the best alternative, that would be an expressive job role which I can create in that pays

As I am in England London, the industry is very minimal however it still exists, but I am sure there were many people in my predicament in their early days. If you have any advice on how to ‘break’ into the industry in the associated roles, I mentioned, please provide me with some information as it will go a long way to shaping my future and next career step. 

 

Many Thanks

Michael okorodudu


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#2 Brian Drysdale

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Posted 06 April 2017 - 06:06 AM

From your message I assume you want to be a producer.
 

One producer said the best qualification for the job is a law degree, I know some top producers who have started out as assistant location managers.

 

I would checkout this site for initial information. http://creativeskillset.org/about_us


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