How do graduates get into the sector?
Film, and in particular film production is a popular and therefore competitive sector. There are no set entry routes, but gaining work experience and meeting people is essential to making inroads.
Graduates typically start off in assistant-level positions such as production runner, researcher or office PA.
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In these entry-level positions, you'll be expected to do odds and ends and the hours can be long. However, if you pay attention and engage with all elements of the job, you can learn a lot about the industry, build networks, and potentially find your next role.
Anecdotally, those who stand out during their first position as reliable and hardworking are hired by the same employers or are recommended for other positions.
Success in getting a job in film will usually depend more on your skills, enthusiasm and commitment than the subject you have studied.
Certain roles may require specific qualifications or training, so explore the job profiles that interest you on the Screen Skills website.
You may be able to get free hands-on production training through one of the film-related societies at Nottingham (see 'What can you do at Nottingham?')
The Production Guild runs a series of courses on all aspects of production including introductory courses for runners, while FutureLearn and ScreenSkills provide online courses to help familiarise you with different aspects of the film industry.
Where can I find jobs?
The following jobs boards advertise roles across the industry, including entry-level roles such as runner and assistant:
The Unit List advertises a range of production jobs including at entry level
Talent Manager rounds up jobs spanning media industries, including feature film
Mediargh lists paid jobs and internships in TV, film and video production
My First Job in Film links to opportunities across film production
Shooting People posts adverts from producers looking for staff
Production Base rounds up the latest jobs in film and commercial production
Mandy advertises a range of production jobs if you register for a free account
Creative Access promotes opportunities across creative industries for young people from BAME backgrounds
Video Collective is a service advertising positions in film, TV and video production
The BBC offers trainee schemes in areas including, production and technology
Talent Bases links to a wide variety of employers across the sector
There is no one place to look for jobs in film production, as some vacancies may be unadvertised, freelance or found through networks, so you may also wish to research or apply speculatively to one of the many:
Get our advice on CVs and covering letters before sending off a speculative application.
What about trainee schemes?
Trainee schemes do exist, but can come and go as funding fluctuates. Check Screen Skills and BBC trainee schemes for details of current schemes.
The Independent Cinema Office's Film Exhibition, Distribution and Sales Scheme is one example.