Author : Leo cinemaug content manager.
4, weeks ago
Cinema is a highly collaborative art form. It demands hundreds of people to come together to work towards a common goal. However, in popular culture, actors have been the only members of the film industry to be celebrated largely due to their immediate recognizability. Nevertheless, a lot of the magic of the movies is created by people who toil behind the screen to mesmerize viewers into believing in the highly imaginative world of the movies. If you are planning to make a career in films but do not want to be on screen, here is the list of best career paths you can choose in movies if you don’t want to become an actor. 1. Producer A producer is the person who is always present throughout the entire life of the film from conception to distribution. They are responsible to bring together the movie in the conceptualization phase when the script is seen and sometimes revised, then directors and crewmembers are hired. They also play a huge role in casting the right actors for the right parts working alongside the casting director. They may be assisted by co-producers, executive producers and associate producers. It is the executive producer’s responsibility to secure funding for the film and help draft the budget for the film. The associate producer and co-producer do the majority of the physical work and overlook certain aspects like location scouting and rehearsals. To become a producer, you must be highly organized, decisive and convincing. You have to make sure that the entire cast and crew works together like a well-oiled machine. And while the job-description may be daunting, to say the least, it has a huge payoff. 2. Director Probably the most celebrated members of the film industry, after the actors of course, are the directors. They are the voice of the film. The director chooses what the viewers see and what they do not. A director has the incredibly difficult job to bring the words on paper into life but when done right, they can turn antiquated concepts into fresh stories through their own perspective. While the writer may be the source of the idea, the director is the actual storyteller which is why some directors can keep you engrossed or relaxed or thrilled or blow your minds like no story on a piece of paper can. It is said that there are mainly two types of directors; the auteur-director and the people’s directors. The auteur is a headstrong visionary who has a strong image in his head, which he replicates in film while the people’s director is a lovable person who sees the strengths of the people involved and allows them to inculcate their own touches to the final product. To be a director, you must have the ability to do either one of them well and then modulate according to the situation. The biggest factor though is that you should have a unique voice and vision. 3. Writer Every tree that grows comes from a small seed. In the vastness of a movie production, that seed is the writer. The writer brings an idea that will end up becoming the film. The skills it takes to be a writer for movies are very different from those for a novelist. Film writers need to communicate ideas in a way that will help the reader interpret exactly what he means. The format for writing a script is also very different but the aim of any storywriter is the same; to affect the end-consumer. Actors criminally overshadow writers but some great writers do rise above the pack. The writer does the most important job of all; he conceptualizes the story. Without a good, effective story the best acting performances and the best visual style of a director cannot stand. You must be a much-focused individual with a penchant to generate and follow-through with great and original ideas. An original story in the current cluster of adaptations, remakes and connected film mini-verses can transcend the medium and give the audiences the freshness they want. 4. Cinematographer/ Director of Photography A DP is the man behind what you visually see on screen. It is his job to translate the director’s idea into a visually and aesthetically pleasing picture. Many times, DP’s add an extra layer of dimension to the film in a very visible way. For example, they may shoot the actor in a close-up to exaggerate the world-closing-in-on-them and shoot wide to amplify a sense of freedom. They also work with the director to choreograph motion and blocking in a scene to bring about the best result. Because their job is so closely related to the director’s you will find frequently collaborating duos. It takes vast technical know-how to become a cinematographer. You must become so well versed with the techniques like the basic one mentioned above, that you could decipher every scene in the film and make decisions almost instinctively. The best way to learn cinematography is by watching many movies with great cinematographers.