Posted on Monday, October 29, 2018
Diverse forms of performance, cinematic, and visual art have penetrated into our lives. In this evolving landscape, there is a growing need for advanced creative skill-sets that can help bring a film, a TV series, documentaries, live show to life in an innovative and engaging way. New-age production houses are offering rewarding careers to multidimensional millennials who do not look at work as a means to merely earn money. For them, these jobs are an extension and expression of creativity through which they can show their talent.
The evolving sensibilities of the modern-day youth have opened up a market for alternative entertainment, in addition to reinvigorating an interesting the traditional domains. An aspirant can leverage these expanding opportunities by pursuing a creative career with a production company catering to film, TV, or live entertainment.
There is an emergence of dynamic job roles that provide qualitative and awe-inspiring entertainment - this includes the one’s trending in the domain of short films, feature films, documentaries etc. A creative professional can pursue a career as a script writer, an assistant director, an actor, a cinematographer, a production manager, or a video-editor. Other job roles include critical support functions, such as make-up artists, costume designers, sound designers, lighting specialists, or even post-production assistants. By pursuing any of the aforementioned jobs, aspiring professionals can participate in a creative project and at the same time augment their skill-sets by learning the various nuances of a particular craft.
Acquiring relevant skill-sets
In order to equip oneself with a cutting-edge and hands-on learning experience, one can opt for short-term courses (usually 8-week to 6-month long) or go for a B.A., M.A., MFA, and Ph.D. programme from leading film schools and universities. Acting schools in India have a rich legacy of producing quality talent and offer some of the most enriching courses in acting, feature film screenplay writing, film direction, cinematography, sound recording, TV engineering, computer graphics and animation. Universities in the UK and the USA, among others, also offer sought-after courses in screenwriting, direction, animation, visual and performing arts, documentary film production, etc.
These courses provide the technical knowledge needed by emerging talent. This includes a good knowledge of gadgets and software that are required for photography, filming and editing. After such cross-functional exposure, one learns to appreciate the impact of sound, the flow of a live stage act, the nuances of dialogues and relevance of strong scripts, and use of lights to influence the mood. This helps them acquire an understanding of their own creativity and blend it with industry-specific insights and expertise.
For a career as a videographer/cinematographer, one requires an interesting blend of skills. It requires proficiency in video-recording equipment, along with innovative thinking, an eye for detail, and a thorough understanding of visual effects/lightning shades and manipulation.
As more and more people choose to engage themselves with alternative entertainment options, the creative industry offers a chance to carve their names in the pages of history with projects that stand the test of time. The starting salaries are moderate, except for some lucky ones, but as you grow professionally, the earnings can be very attractive depending on your degree of success and abilities. There are no fixed norms, your hard work, passion, luck, acumen to choose assignments, showmanship - everything comes in play. The industry is highly demanding and keeps you on toes, therefore, before taking the plunge, one should make sure that he or she would like to join the industry or die.
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