The Director's Chair Issue #54 – May 30, 2005 (Finding a Film Job)
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4. Feature Article – Finding a Film Job
5. Movie Magic Scheduling Tutorial
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Welcome to Issue #54 of The Director’s Chair (May 30, 2005)
1) This month’s Feature Article is “Finding a Film Job” by
Jeff Anderson. Film jobs are hard to find, but for the
fortunate few, very rewarding. The key is not to set your
goals so high that they cannot be attained.
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4. FEATURE ARTICLE – Finding a Film Job
Finding a Film Job – Jeff Anderson
Film jobs are hard to find, but for the fortunate few, very
rewarding. The key is not to set your goals so high that
they cannot be attained. By that I mean, if your goal is to
be in the next big Brad Pitt film, and you’re a relative
unknown, you’re probably setting yourself up for
disappointment. But there are plenty of film jobs that you
The world of independent film is rich with opportunities for
those starting out in the film industry. If you are prepared
to make your services affordable and be persistant, you’ll
have a chance to succeed. When you first start out, you’ll
probably be working for credit, or at best–deferred pay.
This means that there won’t be any up front money on the
project, but you will begin building a resume and this has
value in itself.
Once you have a few films on your resume, and clips of these
films that you can submit as a demo reel, you will start
being considered for more work. This type of experience is
priceless. Let’s face it, there are a lot of things that we
think we can do, but we never know for sure until we try
them and succeed. I always advise young composers to respect
the work of those who have gone before. Believe it or not,
there will be a time when you are one of these elder
statesmen and will appreciate the respect.
About The Author
Jeff Anderson knows his films. He knows what to look for and
what pitfalls to avoid. Let him guide you to finding out
more about films. Contact him at mailto:Jeff@filmington.com
or visit the blog at his site http://www.filmington.com.
Here are some website links for more information on
finding work in the film and TV business.
1) Careerfilm.com – http://Careerfilm.com/
2) FilmStaff.com – http://www.filmstaff.com/
3) Film and TV Jobs – http://www.ProductionAssistantAssociation.com/
4) Jobs in the Film Industry – http://www.skillset.org/film/jobs/index_2.asp
5) Television Job Links – http://www.tvrundown.com/resource.html
6) Hollywood Creative Directory – http://www.hcdonline.com/jobs/default.asp
7) Mandy’s Film and TV Production Directory – http://mandy.com/
8) Jobs in Film – http://www.101hollywood.com/wwwboard/wwwboard.html
9) Crew-Net.com – http://crew-net.com/
10) ProductionLeads.com – http://www.ProductionLeads.com/
5. MOVIE MAGIC SCHEDULING TUTORIAL
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Ivan Francis Clements has produced an excellent DVD tutorial on
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Movie Magic is now the industry standard for film scheduling
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