How Can I Get A Career in Film and TV Production?
The film industry is one of the most dynamic and creative sectors to work in, full of interesting people, artistic storytelling and innovative technology. Here we take a deeper look at some of the lesser-known professions associated with the film industry and how Griffith can help you fill those gaps on your CV.
Producer, Director, Editor…
The roles most commonly associated with the film industry are the Producer, Director and Editor. The Producer effectively ‘makes it all happen’. They organise a project, source funding and bring all the relevant teams together. The Director leads the shoot and liaises with all parties to bring their creative vision to life. Finally, the Editor comes in after the shoot (or post-production) and is responsible for shaping the story and tone. But beyond these professions, there is a whole network of professionals, some of which we spotlight below.
Cinematographer: What is cinematography?
Cinematography is the art of using different techniques to tell a story and create a specific feeling within a shot or film. It includes everything from lighting, composition, camera motion, angles, lens type, focus, colour and more.
What does a Cinematographer do?
A cinematographer, also known as a Director of Photography, oversees both the camera and lighting crew. They are responsible for the look and feel of the film, ensuring that the lighting and colouring in every frame support the Director’s vision. As such, they work closely with the Director. Depending on the size of the film, cinematographers may operate a camera or may sit separately.
If you want to learn cinematography and are looking for a cinematography course in Dublin in 2022 or 2023, our Certificate in Digital Cinematography and Image Grading teaches learners the practical skills they need to start establishing themselves as a digital cinematographer.
Visual Effects: What is VFX?
Visual effects (commonly knowns as ‘VFX’) is the manipulation of on-screen imagery that doesn’t physically exist. It allows filmmakers to create imaginary environments, landscapes, objects and people that are otherwise impossible to create with live-action shots. Different types of VFX include:
- Computer Generated Imagery (CGI)
- Green Screen VFX
- Motion Capture
- Stop Motion Animation
What’s the difference between VFX and virtual reality?
Where visual effects manipulate imagery separately from footage, virtual reality is a fully immersive experience where the physical world is totally shut-out. VFX is applied after a shoot to create imagery that would be otherwise too expensive and implausible to capture in real life, whereas VR is used to create realistic, 3D environments in real-time.
Although there’s no formal requirement to study visual effects, starting with a visual effects course would enable you to build a relevant portfolio and expand your network in a new area. Griffith’s Certificate in Visual Effects for Screen and Virtual Reality provides both virtual reality and visual effects training to anyone looking to establish themselves or refocus their career.
Broadcasting: What is broadcasting?
Broadcasting refers to the transmission of media to a large audience. This can be by radio, television, or the internet. Working in broadcasting can mean working in front of the camera as the person delivering information, or equally as part of the crew working behind the scenes and responsible for technical setup.
What does a TV broadcaster do?
Broadcasters (also known as presenters), present the latest news, music, sports and other information via radio and television. They research topics and stories, write scripts and clearly communicate to an audience. Broadcasting can be live or pre-recorded and aims to either inform or educate the audience, depending on the channel.
If you have dreams of working in live TV or want to enhance your broadcasting knowledge, you may consider our Certificate in Live TV and Studio Broadcast. The aim of this course is to develop the essential practical skills and knowledge required to work in the world of modern live television production.
OK… so what’s the best career in film?
There is such a variety of roles available in the film industry that it really depends on the individual. If you love storytelling and sparking emotion, cinematography might be for you. If you thrive in a fast-paced environment, live TV broadcasting may be an option. Or if you want to get stuck into the creative side of things, a career in VFX could be perfect. Regardless, the film industry is certainly one of the most varied and interesting to work in. Granted it can take some time to get established, but with the right training, hard work and genuine passion, anyone can succeed.
Do I need a degree to work in any of these areas?
In creative industries like Film, experience and your portfolio will always be paramount, but getting relevant studies under your is advisable, especially in the beginning. If you’re interested in studying Film and TV but not sure what area, you might consider Griffith’s Certificate in TV Production and Design Practices. This course gives learners an introduction to a range of TV production and design disciplines over a year-long period. It's perfect for those just starting out and aims to help you identify which area you might wish to pursue as a career or through further study.
If you’re already working in the industry and want to upskill, our film and TV certification courses are aimed at helping learners expand their knowledge and develop a portfolio in a specific area. They also give learners the opportunity to build their network:
- Certificate in Digital Cinematography and Image Grading (NFQ Level 8) – 12 months
- Certificate in Visual Effects for Screen and Virtual Reality (NFQ Level 8) – 12 months
- Certificate in Live TV and Studio Broadcast (NFQ Level 8) – 12 months