Which TV job is for you?
You're looking to make the leap into the market and land yourself that perfect TV job – but maybe you don't know what's right for you?
Despite the fact that 99% of media coverage on the television industry focuses on actors, directors and writers there are a wealth of interesting jobs out there that may well have your name on.
Here's a breakdown of some TV opportunities that you may not have considered yet.
Often the starting point for any budding film or TV-maker – the runner position is where you'll learn the trade and generally do menial tasks like making tea, grabbing lunch for the crew and helping bring in gear. It's good to have a clean driving license as many jobs rely heavily on this, although it's not essential. If you do well, you could get a recommendation for another job further down the line. There is also such thing as a post-production runner, working in and around the editing suites during post.
When a film is being shot, more often that not it isn't shot in sequence. In order to make sure that everything works cohesively, the Script Supervisor goes through the script, working closely with the director to ensure continuity through scenes and to make sure no dialogue has been missed out. They are also in charge of preparing character breakdowns and deconstructing the entire story into a detailed synopsis.
The Cinematographer, or Director of Photography works very closely with the director to establish a consistent visual style. This involves deciding everything from what lighting to use, what kinds of lenses to use, what kind of film stock, what type of camera and more – all to mirror how the director sees the finished product.
At ground level, often working with a minimal crew, the casting director shapes the production from the earliest phases – holding interviews and auditions with actors that fit with the director's vision and the producer's budget. Get ready to see a LOT of people.
If you happen to have a background as an electrician, a role as Gaffer may be a good in for you or something that fits your talents/interests. In charge of lighting the stage or location, the gaffer reports to, and works closely with the Lighting Director and Cinematographer in order to get the best mood out of a scene. As with everything on this list, there's a starting point. In this case, you would start as a lighting electrician, graduating to Best Boy (Gaffer's assistant) and then Gaffer.
If the script requires the use of locations not achievable with a set – say a forest, mountains or a particular alleyway or house exterior – a Location Manager is in charge of finding them, along with ensuring health and safety guidelines are adhered to at all times. Other responsibilities include making sure vehicle access is provided, that the property or location remains undamaged and to negotiate any costs that may be incurred as a result of using the area.Tags: