A career in the film industry can mean working in any number of roles from directing, producing, working in post-production to cinematography. Quite often getting your foot in the door means starting out as a runner, regardless of what line of work you want to go down. Starting as a runner will buy you invaluable experience and contacts as well as essential experience on set. There are a lot of support organisations out there to help you begin your career, below is an overview of some of them.
Film Bang: A guide for film and TV production in Scotland, it is a great source of information, listing production companies, facilities and technicians.
Screen Academy Scotland: As well as offering degree programmes the unique Screen Academy also offers workshops, events and continuing professional development opportunities for those looking to network and further their film careers.
Skillset: the industry skills body for the Creative Industries here you’ll find useful information on traineeships, job roles and real life wor experiences.
BECTU: the UK’s media and entertainment trade union which covers film and independent production among other creative industries areas. Find out about your employment rights, receive personal advice and representation as well as information on training and networking events across the UK.
BAFTA in Scotland: With various membership levels you can gain access to preview screenings, events and masterclasses as a student or career starter member. Great for networking and finding out what’s going on in the Scottish film scene today.
Women in Film & Television: WFTV is a membership organisation for women working in creative media in the UK, and part of an international network of over 10,000 women worldwide. You can become a member if you are a female professional working in film and television. Members benefit from regular events, networking opportunities and an annual awards ceremony.
Production Base: An online network for television, film and production jobs, great for finding out what’s going on across the sector.
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