With a revenue forecast of about
N18 trillion by next year, the film production industry is an economic goldmine globally. This simply translates to a lot of opportunities (and of course, money) for aspiring directors, cinematographers and other film-making professionals. What are you waiting for?
Not sure you want to do this? No problem.
Oh, you do? Alright, let’s take a look at what it entails…
The pathway to break into the creative world of cinematographers, producers, editors, screenwriters, directors, videographers and the various other video production professionals is, contrary to popular opinion, very flexible and dynamic. The dynamic nature of the industry makes it able to accommodate people with diverse interests and passion where their skills can be gainfully expressed.
Do not be fooled; it is not a walk in the park and so can take several years of study and experience to break into the film industry. An aspiring film professionals must therefore have relentless passion for the many travails of film-making as well as a willingness to take on auxiliary roles.
A video/film making career is anything but routine. It is very far from a standard nine-to-five job and so it is best to look away from this industry if you are more suited to working within the confines of an office. Irrespective of the role, the film industry is largely for versatile, proactive and creative minds and high tolerance threshold for physical discomfort.
Talent and Experience count
Whether you are just playing around making short videos with family and friends at some formal or informal setting, talent and experience counts in the video production industry. The videos you create and edit with your smartphones (or even on your laptop) can speak a lot about how much raw talent for cinematography you possess.
For an industry which thrives on creativity and experience, educational degrees and certifications are not stringent requirements in cinematography. However, educational certifications can be a great deal of help when it comes to certain technical skills, high-tech equipment, tools and softwares, which could be essential to certain professional roles.
Capacity-building and Self-development
Film-making, like most other industries, requires greenhorns to pay their dues before hogging the limelight. This is a highly competitive field requiring much expertise and so instead of focusing on getting accolades at early stage, aspiring cinematographers students should seek out opportunities to build their portfolios and develop in-demand skills.
As is the practice in most creative fields, getting video/film-making gigs is often a function of experience and whom you know. Cinematography roles are, more often than not, acquired referrals or through existing relationships within the industry. Aspiring cinematographers should network in the industry.
Now that you have an idea what it will entail to take that giant leap, why not brace yourself up and take a chance on a piece of this global cake?