|Theatre, Film and Television|
|Digital and IT services|
|Small business (0-49 employees)|
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A day in the life of a Multimedia Producer in the United Kingdom
Media Internship leading to full time job
What I do
I started at NDL as an Intern on a three month placement and have since been offered full-time employment. I am responsible for the filming and editing of corporate videos for distribution on the company's website. I have filmed business meetings, promotional videos, company gatherings etc. keeping close to the themes and styles of the company when producing them.
Skills I use and how I developed them
Internships are a great way to learn and develop very transferable skills other than just the film production skills that the university degree teaches you. Internships teach you to manage your time and work both individually and as a team. They encourage you to develop yourself as a working person as opposed to a student still trapped within the studying routine. It allows you to really grow and become a better, all-rounded person. My organisational skills have dramatically improved from having to self-manage my own video projects week by week and my communication skills have developed to a far more professional level.
What I like most
I like the turnover of video work, starting on a new video each week, and the people have been lovely.
What I like least
It isn't the most exciting aspect of the film/television production industry, but we all have to start somewhere.
My career goals when I graduated
I want to work my way to being a film producer, which I know will take a lot of hard work and commitment.
My career history
I have completed a few internships during my time at the University of York:
'Judas Ghost' - Placement
Cyber Associates Ltd - Intern
Trustmarque - Videographer
Green Screen Productions - Intern on feature 'The Knife That Killed Me'
ELSA Media - Office Manager on feature 'Scott and Sid'
Courses taken since graduation
I have done a couple of online courses since graduated, to hone in on skills that a film producer will need, such as 'The Business of Film', 'Brand Storytelling' and 'Digital Marketing'
How my studies have helped my career
Although a film degree is not necessary to advance in the film industry I am glad I studied for it. The course brought my production skills up to a professional standard, preparing me for moving into the working world. It did not allow me to specify into film producing, but without my time at University I would have never got the placements/internships that I did and ultimately would not be where I am today.
What surprised me about my career so far
Most things are a surprise in this industry, the trick to doing well in the industry is to not allow them to surprise you, to be as prepared as you can for the task/job at hand and to adapt quickly to the new and challenging situations.
Where I hope to be in 5 years
I hope to go on to different areas of film work over the next couple of years, building up a great CV of experience before returning to university to study a GDL. I am largely interested in Producing and the more legal side of film production.
My advice to students considering work
You have to stand out somehow, and that is largely reliant on your personality. Be yourself and show your personality, nobody wants to hire someone without one.
It is a difficult area of work to break into, so take what you can get when you get it. Nobody's dream is filming business meetings, but through doing so I can develop my filming skills in an environment where the consequences for going wrong are minimal and I can network. Networking is key.
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