Filmmaking is big business. More and more of us are consuming the world through imagery. Lots of this imagery is video, or film. And every piece of footage needs a team to create it. Advertising agencies, bloggers, social media managers, television companies, any number of businesses, as well as the movie industry itself; they all need quality trained experts for every aspect of their filmmaking.

At NEEDaFIXER, through our production services, we are always looking for talent to work with our clients. The types of roles you could train for include:

  • Director
  • Producer
  • Sound Engineer
  • Location Manager
  • Lighting Technician
  • Researcher
  • Runner
  • Concept Artists
  • Floor Manager
  • Camera Operator

There are so many varied roles in filmmaking. It is a vibrant and rewarding industry.

So how can you train in these skills?

Start early

Your film studies can start at GCSE level. A GCSE in Film Studies will give students who aim to pursue this career a great grounding for higher and further education. Taking 14-16 year olds through the journey of film production, screen craft and how all the trades bring the films together.

‘A’ Levels and Diplomas

Students can really get their teeth into the world of filmmaking at 6th form college. The IBCP Diploma In Film Studies encourages students to interpret the process of historical film making. They will have the opportunity to make their own footage. Whilst developing an understanding of filmmaking ideology, the candidates will be developing their own practical skills and experiencing all aspects of film production.

Similarly, ‘A’ Level Film Studies students will get to engage with the history of filmmaking. An understanding of silent movies and how Hollywood developed will combine with studying modern and experimental film creation. Students are encouraged to immerse themselves in film culture.

Film Degrees

Many universities around the world offer degrees in filmmaking. These tend to be either based on the history and culture of film, or be more technical and hands on.

University level courses can combine film production with languages or writing skills. Some courses include a year spent working in a film industry setting. Many degrees now include modules focussed on the rapidly growing world of digital media film production. WhatUni offer a comprehensive guide to the film and video course available in the UK.

From specialising in sound engineering, to animation, there will be a course just right for you.

Other Courses

Many specialist colleges and educational establishments offer more flexible approaches to learning filmmaking skills. The London Film Academy, for example, off short courses (from 1 day to 6 weeks) courses with certificates in skills such as directing, documentary making and screenwriting.

You can also find courses aimed at those who are only available evenings or weekends. Your local adult education provider is likely to have a part time course to get you started into the world of filmmaking.

There’s no limit to where your film and media skills might take you.

Contact us for a chat about the world of film and to share our wealth of experience.