Since: Nov 2010
Posted: Tuesday the 23rd November 2010 at 22:03
Work Experience In Film
Recently I've been thinking about my future and where I'd like to be in 10 years' time and how to get there. So I've discovered that the first step on the film ladder, as it should naturally be for most jobs, is work experience. Having already gained an insight into the financial aspect of the film industry through work experience at a UK box office company earlier this year, which was great, I now want/need to gain a work experience placement or prepare to gain one (for a few years' time, seeing as I'm in Year 11) at something more closely related to the filming of films, preferably at a studio or editing room, even if the prospect may appear to some to be far-fetched. However, I have belief in myself and believe that it is very possible that I can get to where I want to be if I continue to work extremely hard, make the right contacts, and have the help of people who have some sort of experience in films. So if anyone can help me concerning work experience in films I will be very grateful.
Since: Jul 2006
Posted: Friday the 3rd December 2010 at 13:50
First of all, nothing is far fetched. If you believe you can acheive your dreams, as corny as that may sound, then you will!
I managed to get a couple of days working on the Harry Potter set last August, and that came about through a year of trying. I sent in about 3 letters, all replying with a "No". So I decided to phone Leavesden Studios and speak to the person who wrote the letters. I did, and after a few more phonecalls (persistance is the key) I was fortunate enough to get 2 days paid work on set. I did originally ask for work experience, but somehow ended up getting paid! I'm not sure if Floor runner work is what you want to do, but it is a good way of getting into film. You do need to make sure you are on there longer than me though, because I haven't done any work since.
Have you looked at the Action! page on Working Title's website? If you apply you can be in with a chance of working, for a year I think it is, on a Working Title film. Check it out: http://www.workingtitlefilms.com/action/
You do have to have experience at working in an office, so if you get that and apply, you could be in with a shot
In the mean time, look up various production companies and find their address or phone number. Give them a call and see if you can get on board with any work experience. You never know unless you ask.
I hope that's helped.
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