Please upload or summarise the crew test you did with Rupert
The crew test went through the main roles within film production. I will summarise a few.
Producer; Finds the finance for the film, Finds the Script, Hires the director, Deals with marketing,
Director; Oversees Film Production, Controls artistic elements of film making.
Location Manager; Finds and negotiate the locations for film shoots
Cast Director; Find actors through speaking with agents
Production Manager; Controls the budget of the film and how the money is spent
Assistant Director; Controls the set, and health and safety
Runner; Helps all members of the crew by doing smaller jobs
DOP; Controls compositions of the shots
DIT; Controls image quality control
Camera Op; Operates the camera
Gaffer; Sets up the lights
Grip; Supports the camera
Focus Puller; Keeps the shot in focus
Clapper loader; Logs the shots with the clapper
Sound Mixer; Controls the level of sounds picked up by the boom
Boom Op; Operates the boom mic
Editor; Puts the shots together
Script Supervisor; Controls the continuity through the scenes
Describe the structure and interrelationships of the production department. You can use a diagram or similar if you wish
One of the closest relationships on set is that between the Director and the DOP. The two work very closely together to find out what is the best way to compose the shots in order to achieve the directors desired effect. However, the DOP must also work closely with the Camera Operator, in many cases the DOP is also the camera operator but not always. It is important for the DOP and Camera OP to communicate well so the correct shot is achieved.
The Director also speaks to the first AD. This allows easy communication between the rest of the crew and the Director as the first AD is the link between the Director and Crew.
The Sound Mixer and the Boom Op must also have a very close and efficient relationship to achieve good quality sound. To achieve sound that is at a good level it is important that the Boom Op maintains a similar distance between the sound and the mic at all times so that the mixer can level the sound accordingly and easily. However, the Boom Op also usually needs a good relationship with the DOP to avoid getting any Boom shadows in the shot.
Describe at least 2 potentional progression routes into the film industry (e.g. university, apprenticeships, entry level work, film festivals etc)
The film industry is highly competitive, however, there are several ways you can being to enter the industry. Many of these routes will rely on good communication skills as well as an enthusiasm for film!
One way is to go to a film school. Here you can work quite practically and build yourself a portfolio whilst also networking with professionals who work in the industry and gain work experience. It is very easy to access work after film school as you should have already met many professionals who are already in work. In addition to this, you would have access to a lot of professional equipment and know how to work on a set, film schools are a great way to get experience.
Another way to enter the industry is to apply for entry level work such as a runner. As you gain more experience working on set you can move up the ladder. A runner may work to become a gaffer or spark and then a focus puller to camera operator to DOP. This is very useful if you want to move on to create your own films because you build a knowledge of nearly all the roles on set. Therefore, you will have a better understanding of the people who are working with you and what they need to do.
What do you plan to do when the academy is finished?
I want to go to film school. I would like to apply for BA filmmaking at the London Film Academy, and then move on to get a MA in Directing at the NFTS. Currently I am still trying to gain as much experience and portfolio work as possible so I can have the best possible chance of getting in when applying to these schools. This is why I am currently applying to the BFI NFTS Craft Residential.
Briefly describe the job of one of your tutors, and what they have done in their career
One of my tutors was a DOP. He is currently working on some short films to be submitted into festivals. He started off as a film loader and eventually worked his way up to DOP.
What is the wider creative media sector? (think about music, costume, advertising, animation, theatre, games etc)
The wider creative media sector includes companies involved in: Film, Television, Radio, Photo Imaging, Interactive Content Design, Publishing, Animation, Content for Computer Games, Commercials and Promos, Corporate Production, Post Production and Visual Special Effects and Other Specialist Facilities.
Essentially it is a sector of the economy, a group of companies linked together in creating media content. The film industry plays a key role in this.
Explain how film production connects to the wider creative media sector.
Film connects to the CMS in a variety of ways, for example companies involved publlishing, commercials and visual special effects will be in contact with the film industry. Most films will require distribution such as in the cinema or online and this distribution will need to be advertised. In addition to this, many films require special and visual effects such as CGI added to the film. All these companies that provide these services are within the creative media sector.
A specific job role within the creative media sector linked to film could be a concept artist. For example many concept artists worked on the film Harry Potter, playing a key role in designing the enviroment, characters and props for the film. These designs would then be passed on to model makers and digital arts companies to be constructed for the filmmaking.