There are a myriad of careers within the television and film industry, from screenwriting, casting, shooting, sound, editing, to sales and distribution.
Alumnus Jason Antonio Chester (2014) now makes independent films under the name J. Antonio.
What is your job?
What, in general, do you do as part of this job?
The pros are you get to make the films you want, because you’re not part of a system that expects every film to move the stock price up for the studio. Therefore, you get to make films for smaller audiences, covering subjects that would normally get ignored. I like to focus on issues centered around the the low-income working-class, some films are funny, others are more dramatic.
The cons are you won’t always get the famous names that will attract investors, so a lot of your films although great, won’t get funded as fast, and when they do, they don’t get the attention they deserve because your cast isn’t as famous as the A-listers.
A big part of my job is explaining things to people. Thanks to the countless essays I had to write, I can articulate all my thoughts clearly. On set, before I yell action, I have to speak with the cinematographer, art director, sound recordists, and finally the actors. To save time and money, I have to make sure everyone is on the same page. But even before all that, just writing the script, doing research, and proofreading was routine to me, because of my background as an English major.
I did a lot of volunteer gigs, and decided I was ready to make my own movie, from there I had to write a script I believed in, then raise the money to pay for it all. So, I think anyone can do this job, it’s just a matter of how long can you keep it up.