Film Jobs and Training
Variety is the ultimate trade magazine of the film industry or, more specifically, Hollywood. So if you’re looking to break into that slice of the movie pie, Variety’s Media Careers job search is a good place to start. With all the respect the magazine itself brings, you can rest assured you’re not getting screwed over like on Craigslist.
24. Reel Clever
Reel Clever brings a unique approach to the realm of industry jobs. Not only can you promote yourself or look for work, but manage projects and promote your films as well. In short, it’s an all-inclusive filmmaking free-for-all — in a good way.
25. Actors and Crew
Another site that combines a social element to the job-seeking world, Actors and Crew is a platform to connect, network, and get hired for productions. As its name suggests, it’s targeted towards anyone with business on a film set whether in front of the camera, behind it, above or below the line.
Any crew site that actually lists “Camera Assistant” as a job title earns a special place in my heart — and iCrewz does exactly that. That’s important because it means iCrewz actually understands how crew are structured and how they work together. Unfortunately, I find their Flash-based interface slow and jumbled on my Mac, but if you look past that there is probably a job waiting for you.
27. Crew Net
Crew Net isn’t going to win any design awards anytime soon, but that’s OK because it’s functional. As a job-seeker, you create a profile — complete with demo reel — and can search posted jobs or be found by employers searching for crew. It’s free for a basic membership, so even if you only get one job out of it, it could be worth your time.
28. Media Match
I like what Media Match has to offer freelancers — a no-hassle search form and the opportunity to connect with other crew. There’s even a forum to discuss day rates for your position.
Those of you living on the West Coast of the USA near the moviemaking capital of Hollywood should pay attention to this one. It’s job listings are skewed towards your locale and the long list of internships provides great opportunities to get your foot in the door and start establishing a career.
The best way to learn about camera assisting is to start working as a camera assistant. The second best way to learn is to take a class taught by a top-notch camera assistant — like Doug Hart. Every summer Hart teaches a unique class for “Film and Digital Camera Assistants” at the Maine Media College.
AbelCine is not only a well-respected rental house, but a great place to receive specialized filmmaking training. I first became aware of their classes when I thought about becoming Phantom camera certified and have been amazed by the wide variety of courses they offer. If you’re looking to get a crash course in anything, keep an eye on their calendar.
Fairly obvious by its name, REDucation are classes taught by RED Digital Cinema about their cameras. The classes cover production, workflow, and even cinematography basics. I have no personal experience with them and so my concern is their potential inability to be honest about the shortcomings of their own cameras — but you can always learn that on Day 1, right?