Film production covers a wide range of potential jobs – cameraman, rigger, production assistant, director, sound engineer, hair and make-up, costume designer, animatronics technician and so it goes on. However, if you’ve yet yo make your mind up which area you are interested in, you might find the following websites useful.
British Film Institute
The BFI helps people of all ages to understand and enjoy film by running events and courses at BFI Southbank, by creating teaching resources, and by carrying out research and advocacy work. It encourages new audiences into the world of specialist, independent and archive film by sharing knowledge, techniques and critical approaches.
The BBC Academy is the BBC’s centre for training, where you’ll find the Colleges of Journalism, Production, Leadership and the Centre of Technology. It puts training and development at the heart of the BBC and also works with the wider broadcast industry, equipping people with skills they need for a lifetime of employability in the ever-changing media landscape.
BECTU is the UK’s media and entertainment trade union; sectors covered include broadcasting, film, independent production, theatre and the arts, leisure and digital media.
Raindance fosters and promotes British independent film-making around the world, runs training courses and the UK’s independent film festival.
ScreenSkills (previously Creative Skillset) is the industry body which supports skills and training for people and businesses to ensure the UK creative industries maintain their world class position. If you’re working in one of these industries, it has information and resources to help you take your career to the next level. And if you’re just starting out, you’ll find information on all the different jobs out there to help you decide which one is right for you.
Creative England is a national agency that invests in and supports creative ideas, talent and businesses in film, TV, games and digital media. It assists all types of productions to find crew and facilities in any area of England, outside London. Creative England manages an extensive crew database which is free to register on and use.