13/07/2021

Categories: Film FX, Undergradute

Is a Career in Film & Television Right For You?

Special effects are one of the most exciting areas in film and television, but is it right for you? We discuss the pros and cons of working in this competitive industry.

The University of Bolton’s BDes Hons Special Effects for Film and Television degree is suitable for anyone who studied art at A-Level and wants to turn their creative skills into a career on set.

This is a discipline that allows you to bring imagination to life through skills such as modelmaking, prosthetic makeup, 2D and 3D computer modelling, and prototyping. But not all creatives are cut out for careers in film and TV.

Knowing how to get into the film industry is key, as it’s highly competitive. Here’s a look at what you can expect if you’re setting your sights on the entertainment sector.

Hard work (and willingness to learn)

You could be an amazing artist, but creativity alone won’t get you far when pursuing careers in film and TV. This is because it’s vital to be able to work to a brief. You’ll be designing something that aligns with the writers’, directors’ and producers’ different visions. So you’ll need to work hard at getting things right.

Your willingness to learn is important too, as hands-on experience is going to set you apart. Invest time in building your portfolio, and be prepared to start from the bottom.

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Unsociable working hours

With filming, the usual nine to five hours are out the window. Productions can last months or years at a time, so you could be working solidly one minute, then be without work for a while. This is the nature of a career in film and TV.

Amazing opportunities to network

Working on film sets can open many doors, because you’ll come into contact with so many different people. This is brilliant for building your network and finding new projects to add to your portfolio.

These chances for interacting make this sector truly unique, and much more collaborative than other fields of work. So even though it’s highly competitive, the opportunities for growth are there.

Knowing how to get into the film industry means having all the right social skills to help you get ahead. Because successful careers in film and TV are about who you know, as well as what you know.

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Passion for film is a must

Just because you did art at A Level doesn’t make you a good fit for film and TV. To work in this industry, an interest in films and media productions is essential.

Careers in film and TV are all-consuming, and many special effects artists and technicians will be on the go, travelling to and from film locations, or juggling projects across the world. If you’re not passionate, you could find the travel difficult.

But if your heart and soul are in it, you’ll love every moment!

The finished production is hugely rewarding

Being able to working with teams of people is vital, because it takes an army to make a film production run smoothly. Your contribution is just one part of the bigger picture, and when your work is screened, the end result is so rewarding.

There’s no better feeling than watching your work come to life. For those who are working their way up the ladder, it helps to be able to enjoy the end result, as this can add to job satisfaction and make all your hard work worth it.

 

Ready to build your career with us? At the University of Bolton, we’re in the Top 50 UK Universities in Film Subjects* and have been in the Top 6 in the UK for Teaching Quality** for the past three years.

To find out more about applying in September 2021, head over to our BDes Hons Special Effects for Film and Television course page.

If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch on +44 (0)1204 903 394 or admissions@bolton.ac.uk.

 

* The Guardian University League Tables 2021

**The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021, 2020 and 2019.

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