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Film Production and Entertainment Career

Updated on November 27, 2017
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Kenna worked on many productions as PA, Craft Services, Talent Scout, Grip, and Producer. Credits include Bowling for Columbine, Wallace.

Why Work In Film?

Why try to build a career in film as a professional? Perhaps, it is because the industry is experiencing dramatic growth. The film, on-demand, Internet and direct to DVD industries are the significant employer, both in California and other parts of the country, of professionals in any number of fields from behind the camera to in front of the camera.

Periodically, the American Film Marketing Association (AFMA) commences a study on the economic impact filmmakers have on the economy as a whole. Its findings are rewarding ones for those eager to work in the film or entertainment industry - and particularly for people interested in work that does not involve the financial (and emotional) risks associated with such fields as acting. But, hey, there is nothing wrong with being an actor. AFMA's study draws a clear shot of a picture of a mature and growing industry in need of dedicated professionals in a wide variety of trades.

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Filmmakers - both independent and major studios - account for over 408,000 jobs nationwide. This primarily includes those who work as consultants or freelancers. The bulk of the workforce is pretty much contract workers. The film industry's "total U.S. economic effect" has been estimated at nearly $12.5 billion.

Total production costs of network prime-time television, first-run syndication programs, and cable and pay-TV offerings have been estimated at $12.5 billion. Who gets all that money? You guessed it -- film and television professionals that worked hard to make it in the business.

The AFMA study usually closes by proving the fact that there is a growing demand for films and entertainment. With the added benefit that many new formats like HD DVD, On-Demand and opportunities provided by emerging telecommunications and computer technologies, the industry is, matter of fact, growing leaps and bounds and most likely to continue to do so.

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Domestic Success

Backing up AFMA's research, one can read the trades and know that the industry’s growth is strong and will continue to grow in the entertainment sector. Among the most interesting recent sign of expansion is Moviefone -- the ubiquitous media company that provides movie listings for more than 12,000 movie screens in over 30 cities nationwide, and advance ticket sales by phone -- just reported an increase in earnings.

Of course, these figures will rise and fall, and the business of film can have its shifts, even with some of the large and most successful companies with hardly any warning.

As of this writing, the production of film entertainment business clearly shines as a major domestic economic success -- and a huge export to international markets. If you or someone you know is interested in learning about the most creative, effective ways of entering show business for the first time visit my website often; I will show you how to have a successful career in film. Alternatively, just read my book, hopefully, you will learn.

© 2007 Kenna McHugh


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    • Chuck profile image

      Chuck Nugent 10 years ago from Tucson, Arizona

      Great hub and I totally agree with your analysis. With thousands of cable channels, DVDs, the web, cell phone technology with screens for video and text, a global audience, etc. this industry is starved for content which means that jobs and opportunities will be expanding as well.

      In my opinion, sites like HubPages are a great way for total amateur's to break into the business of providing content whether it be text, graphics, video, audio or combinations of these.

      I just discovered your hubs and have been reading a few. They are very good and I am looking to read more as you write them. Chuck