COMMENTARY: Is It Time to Look Beyond Feature Films as a Career Aim?
If you are studying film and video production at college or university, it is incredibly easy to fall into the trap of thinking that feature films and television drama are the must-do productions to aim for. But there’s a whole world of different, better paid, and sanity saving video industries to be a part of instead.
As everyone knows, it’s hard to get work in the film and TV industry. Even in the world of large-scale high-quality production by Netflix and Amazon, the number of genuinely busy camera assistants, directors of photography and DITs required in any national market numbers at best in the hundreds; most countries, outside the mass markets of the USA, India and China, will need even fewer. These are factors that will weigh heavily on the mind of anyone who’s looking for that sort of work, particularly young new entrants, but there’s something really important to realise about this: single-camera drama (or single-camera music videos, or single-camera commercials) is a tiny part of what we might call the audio-visual industry.
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