November 11, 2014 at 11:56PM

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Entry Level Production Careers

What career advice do you have for recent college graduates looking to get production experience?

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Or make your own productions or tray to work for free in a big productions for have abig experience and reel.

November 12, 2014 at 4:52AM

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Ragüel Cremades
Film producer and director
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Work on peoples' films. Do it for free if you have to. Build your resume then use your connections and sites like StaffMeUp, Mandy and others to find more work.

PAing is a great way to start because it introduces you to 2 important things.

1. Grunt work. This is the often senseless work that PA's are famous for. It's incredibly important, however, because then you can appreciate the work that PA's do when you're higher on the totem pole. There's nothing worse than someone who doesn't appreciate their hires.

2. Best way to learn the basics and get into a department. If you want to DP, camera PA. If you want to Design, Art PA... you get the idea. This way you will also make connections to hire you in the future. When people do their own projects they often hire the people they've worked with before.

November 12, 2014 at 11:53AM

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Brandon Kelley
DIT/Director
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Listen to this guy, great advice Brandon. Figure what you want to do and bang down numerous doors until you get into that department, those steps Brandon outlined are exactly what I did several years ago took me a longtime to make a break through. One other thing if you want to work in post learn all professional editing/transcoding/compositing programmes back to front such as avid, final cut, premiere, after effects, da Vinci resolve etc

Gino Lynch

November 22, 2014 at 4:11AM

I must agree with the previous posting.

Here's my example of how I learned, I've been a:
Driver/PA
Boom Operator/Audio assistant
Grip
Camera Operator
All on numerous projects, all for free.

Good work ethics, networking with an honest willingness to learn various production jobs is the way to go.

November 21, 2014 at 10:04AM

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Enrique Olivieri
Film Maker/Writer/Actor
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Consider even shooting promotional materials for a church.

1. Church is full of volunteers.
2. Churches always have something they can promote by way of video.
3. Regardless of the size of your church (tiny or MEGA), you can find a ministry that is small enough that an entry-level short, doc, or other video is ok. The iron triangle is the staple of church video work: pick 2 of "good", "fast", and "cheap". In other words, lots of you to grow your craft and get regular feedback from real people (church goes on every weekend - it never stops).

December 15, 2014 at 6:36PM

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