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What are good career choices for my interests?

I'm in the 10th grade and am interested in film making and editing and am wondering what good careers there are for these interests. film career career-options

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John’s Answer

Dalton a film degree program provides in-depth training in the various aspects of making a movie including cinematography, editing, sound, scriptwriting, and directing. Students will gain a deeper understanding of the historical, political, and social aspects of film and will be able to employ cinematic language in film criticism and analysis. Undergraduate programs typically prepare students for entry-level roles in the film industry. Graduates can find film degree jobs in production companies, broadcast media, advertising, public relations, nonprofit organizations, and academia. They can focus on topics like camera work, editing, directing, and other facets of video production.

• SCREENWRITER – Screenwriters develop scripts derived from their own ideas or other existing ideas or work. When writing scripts, screenwriters are responsible for describing the stories in detail, including physical environments and the moods of the characters. Films and televisions shows require the use of these scripts. Prior to production of a film or show, screenwriters might produce a synopsis and several scenes of a story. A shooting script is then prepared. The shooting script entails camera, lighting and shot instructions.
• CINEMATOGRAPHER – Cinematographers are responsible for achieving the desired visual aesthetics of a film. They work with directors and camera operators to determine the appropriate angles, lighting, color palette, camera movement, and other elements of a shot. Using the script as a guide, they may decide on lighting plans, choose what types of cameras to use and how to employ filters to achieve the desired look, all in the service of telling a story.
• EDITOR – Film and video editors ensure that a movie or video presents a coherent and engaging narrative. They use editing software to arrange video footage in a smooth sequence, cut out unnecessary and distracting parts, work with sound editors to insert audio files such as music and voice-over, and apply appropriate sound and visual effects. They may use techniques to trick the audience, build tension or make sure a joke lands well. They review the final content to make sure that there are no technical errors or gaps in the story.
• PRODUCER – Producers are in charge of the business and financial side of a movie, TV show, or other video projects. They may raise funds, manage the budget, set the filming schedule, hire the crew, and have a say in any significant changes to the production. Large-scale projects usually have different producers with varying responsibilities. An executive producer oversees the entire production, assistant producers are responsible for specific aspects like costume design or props, and line producers manage budgets and daily operations.
• DIRECTOR – A director controls the overall creative vision of a video production. They set the course of the narrative, work with cast members on how their performances, and oversee the work of cinematographers, set and costume designers, editors, composers, and other crew members. In major projects, assistant directors are hired to work on specific production tasks.

Hope this was helpful Dalton

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Miko’s Answer

Your getting started early in your high school agenda! Excellent choice. Have you taken the career test to see where and how you fit into your career choice? Click on the link below to take it.

I also provided another link on how to become a film/video editor.

Best of luck to you!
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Atul’s Answer

I will give you realtime example of my neighbor’s son who wanted to pursue similar profession that you are seeking.
He did lot of research and decided that he will get an undergraduate degree in Computer Science and will pursue his passion on the side.
I am not saying you should not consider your passion but always have a backup plan and keeping pursuing your dream. At least you will be able to put food on the table where as film making is not as easy as it seems. Like NFL, NBA and Film Making professions are not easy as it seems. Keep chasing your dream but face reality too.
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Kate’s Answer

This is a great question! TV/Film isn't as cut and dry as getting a medical or law degree. In addition to other people's comments, I would recommend (if you're able to do it) finding local places to intern while you're still in school. Perhaps a TV station or even a radio station to become more familiar with equipment, processes, activities, etc involved with live or recorded media. That will help provide perspective of the activities involved and some real-world experience and connections that you can leverage as you move into college and your career.

I'm not in the industry today but I was a TV/Film major in college. I tried to take advantage of every opportunity to learn about the various parts of the industry I could. I was a DJ at a local radio station my senior year of high school, worked behind the scenes at some live broadcasts as a PA, spent a couple semesters in college working at the local ABC affiliate, and also had an internship at a post production/media duplication house right after I graduated. Keep your ear to the ground and do some investigation on local places that might have some opportunities.

If you have the means to do some volunteer work, you might be able to get in the door, as well! Best of luck and I look forward to watching some of your work in the future!
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Joya’s Answer

You can contact schools like the NY Film Academy and Full Sail University and ask them for a tour. After the initial tour, with some of your basic questions being answered, they may invite you back to experience actual classes in the major areas you become interested in. After that you should have a better sense of direction.
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Jordan’s Answer

I recommend you write, shoot and edit your own material as much as you can now. The tools are so easy to get and master. Then look for jobs at editing post houses or even at production companies. But the best is to ba PA (production assistant) on set as often as you can and learn. Hope this helps.