Please upload or summarise the crew test you did with Rupert
Director: Communicates and dictates the construction of a film narrative by using several motion picture techniques.
Producer: Executive supervisor, along with the director, and often secures money, purchases the script and hires the director and primary artists.
Writer: Creates the characters, plot, scenario and any other narrative elements of the story, which is known as the creative blueprint.
Director of Photography: Responsible for the technical aspects of the camera, lighting, colour, camera movement and placement, framing and lens choice.
Camera Operator: Operates the camera in accordance with the instructions from the director of photography and the director.
Production Manager: Responsible for the notes, errands, and clipboard holding for the producers.
Focus Puller: Checks the equipment, follows focus, and may operate the second camera on some shots.
Assistant Director: Supervises crews, finds locations, schedules, conducts rehearsals or action shots, and handles any details from the director.
Describe the structure and interrelationships of the production department. You can use a diagram or similar if you wish
The director of the film crew has the main vision of the film. They communicate with most heads of departments in pre-production, as well as producers and writers. They will direct actors during production, and ensure that all heads of departments know what they are doing. The First Assistant Director will ensure that everything is running on time and make sure that everyone knows what they are doing and where they are in the schedule of production. The Second Assistant Director helps the First AD, as they ensure that the actors are on time, and have everything they need to film the production. The clapper/loader holds the slate at the beginning of the take in order to help the sound department sync audio and also help the editors in post-production. The production manager are in charge of the business, financial, and employment aspects. Therefore, they make sure that the props buyer has the money to buy the props and the set dresser has everything needed to dress the set.
Describe at least 2 potentional progression routes into the film industry (e.g. university, apprenticeships, entry level work, film festivals etc)
One progression route into the film industry is film school or university. You would have to apply to various universities through UCAS that would have realistic entry requirements. These can be, for example, predicted A-Levels or UCAS Tariff Points. Then, building up knowledge, using industry grade equipment to create material for your portfolio and networking with other people who are potentially in the industry or going into the industry will be greatly beneficial to propel your career forward. After the undergraduate course, you can either continue studying in a masters course or go straight into work.
Another progression route into the film industry is through entry level work. This would include being hired by a company or doing freelance work for little pay. The entry level job for working in production companies would be a runner, which would include helping out wherever they are needed to. This could potentially lead to higher up jobs such as Directing, as many directors look out for efficient runners that would be better in more suitable jobs such as Assistant Director.
What do you plan to do when the academy is finished?
I hope to go to university and study a form of film production. I have applied for 5 universities and have received some offers already. In the mean time, I will try to build up my portfolio, such as including work from my Media Studies A2 coursework. However, this will be harder as the academic year progresses due to revision time needed and mock and real A Level exams.
Briefly describe the job of one of your tutors, and what they have done in their career
Our cinematographer tutor taught us how to use the industry grade camera we were to use in the shoot of our film. He also explained differences between film and digital, and we got a hands on look at the differences ourselves. We were also taught lighting, and how to use various aspects of lighting such as diffusion and coloured gels. We then were taught framing and to consider the positioning of the camera. They have worked on various feature length films as well as short films, working with famous actors and directors alike.
What is the wider creative media sector? (think about music, costume, advertising, animation, theatre, games etc)
The wider creative media sector includes companies involved in various aspects of the media. These include but are not limited to: film, television, radio, photography, interactive media, publishing, animation, computer games, commercials and promotional material, post production and visual effects. This means that there are various branches of media that you can go into if you are considering a career ion the wider creative media sector. Therefore, this allows a larger amount of people to be involved in the media.
Explain how film production connects to the wider creative media sector
Film production connects to the wider creative media sector through how each aspect of this sector is involved in either the pre production, production or post production stages of the creation of a film. For example, you need costumes in the film for the actors to wear, you need to advertise your film for it to be seen by the public, you may use animation for parts of your film or even the entire film, and you will need distribution for your film to make profits.
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