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So you want to work in the film industry?

Film industry experts have reported an acute Maths, Physics, Art and Design skills shortage, which means they’re crying out for people like you to join the industry. Here’s just a handful of the careers that could take you down the red carpet one day.

Visual Effects

While visual effects are all about the explosions, animations and even people that get added after filming finishes, special effects get added in real life, via things like make-up and props. VFX in the UK is a fast growing industry, so there’s a lot of need for new people to join. Get in and you could be involved in every stage of production – from building virtual sets that allow a director to wander around using a Virtual Reality headset, to building an entire world that only gets added after an actor has been filmed against a green screen. Want some inspiration? Just look at what VFX has done for these films – you might be surprised by just how much is faked!

Check out: Visual Effects (VFX) BSc (Hons), De Montford University

3D printing

3D printing has meant that props that previously had to be handmade can be quickly and cheaply printed instead. It’s becoming more common for films to use this technology – in The Hobbit, 90% of the animatronics responsible for moving goblin eyeballs, facial muscles, lips, and tongues were 3D printed, and Iron Man’s mask was 3D printed multiple times. It’s a good career choice if you have an eye for detail, as well as a love of maths and engineering, all wrapped up in tendency for perfection.

Check out: Computer Aided Design BSc (Hons), Winchester University

Drone cinematography

Fancy getting behind the camera and working with the latest technology? A career as a drone cinematographer might be for you. Drones have revolutionised how TV and films are made, making those soaring shots across landscapes and aerial views of the action easier to capture than ever before. You’ll need a combination of technical know-how and creativity to get those perfect shots, and great spatial awareness to allow you to soar through the skies. Want to see what you could do? Here’s some of the most impressive drone cinematography from your favourite films.

Check out: Film Production and Cinematography BA (Hons), Bournemouth University, Drone Qualification Course, National Film School

Gaffer

Have you ever watched the film credits and wondered exactly what a gaffer does? It turns out, it’s a big job – that person is responsible for all the lighting and power on set. But it’s not just about the technical element of keeping the lights on. A gaffer will also work with the director and cinematographer before shooting starts to decide on things like the location and the lighting aesthetic for the film or TV show as a whole. They’ll also control the budget and manage the technical team, making this job the ultimate in multitasking.

Check out: Electrical Engineering and Power Electronics MEng (Hons), London South Bank University

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