Film and TV drama
Film and TV drama are rapidly-growing industries in need of people with a wide range of skills.
The industries include jobs in the production of feature films in the UK and the ways in which audiences get to see them, whether that be in cinemas, on TV, or through streaming channels like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.
Between 2002 and 2017, 48 out of the 200 top-grossing films globally were made in the UK. The workforce is growing - and growing fast. According to the Office of National Statistics, the number of people in film and video production increased from 24,000 in 2008 to 64,000 in 2017.
There are opportunities for people with a very wide range of skills to work in film and TV drama. It’s not just for people writing the screenplay and operating the cameras. The industry needs electricians for setting up the lights, carpenters and plasterers to build the sets, accountants to keep the books and people who enjoy law to negotiate the selling of rights.
Have a look at the different departments. Learn how a film is financed, made and distributed, or how a TV drama is put together. Find a job role that interests you and click on it to learn what you need to do to get it.
Starting with an idea, directors, producers and screenwriters develop a film and raise the money to make it happen
Once funds are raised, the line producer, assistant director and locations manager do the detailed planning
The make-up, costume, props and set dec departments make sure the film looks right, construction builds the sets
Ready to film, the director of photography, lighting technicians and sound mixers capture the action
Once filming is done, editors, sound designers and colourists put it all together and make different versions
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