Film Financing - Can Film Graduates Take the Challenge?
Graduates from a Film Studies program have a new opportunity in
film & video production. Of course, with every opportunity comes
a challenge - and in this case, the challenge is to find
financing for your, or your employer's, projects.
With the advent of digital equipment the scope of film & video
production has widened. The usual Hollywood styled film
production is no longer the only route to a career for film
graduates. There are a multitude of opportunities in audio and
visual applications throughout business, government and the
entertainment industry. That means OPPORTUNITY for the keenest
graduates to produce their own film & video projects, or to land
the most interesting positions with leading film & video
Financing has been a dirty word for years in the film industry.
The 'Blue Suits' and the cold heart of the banker are synonymous
with the enemy of the creative. However, in this new era of
opportunity you need to be both the 'Blue Suit' and the creative.
How do you find a way to learn about film financing, film
budgeting, etc.? First let's look at Film Studies programs.
There are so many Film Study programs available now that I find
it confusing, and I've worked in the film industry for over 20
years. The Universities are taking a Liberal Arts degree
approach to their curriculums, and the Colleges/Schools are
primarily taking a hands-on technical approach. In either case,
it is unarguable that Film Studies is big business. The
following excerpt from The New York Times Company, published
March 6, 2005