Georgia’s Movie Industry
According to Adweek
Georgia’s film and TV industry is now third in the nation,behind only California and New York.
There are multiple articles that have great stories on how Georgia’s Movie Industry is growing and it is easy to find a job in the industry. This is not necessarily true. All the Crew Members hired are not necessarily from Georgia . Some jobs are more in demand than others.
Grip and Rigging
Construction and Painting
If you have a quick look at the various job boards like Glassdoor, ChooseAtl,Indeed, Staffmeup and other job boards you realize that there are few job listings from Georgia’s Movie industry. The jobs after the first few listings are videographers and editors required in the Georgia’s corporate industry. Check out the website Georgiafilm.org to check out the listings but again there is not much happening here either when it comes to a job. If you have industry credits you can list yourself with REEL CREW ONLINE PRODUCTIONS.
Georgia Film Academy is trying to get crew geared up for the industry but this will take a while .
So yes, Atlanta is into Movie Productions and there is a lot of money that is coming in and everybody is talking about movie productions but how do you land up with a job in the movie business? I reached out to my alumni to find out who is really working in the film industry. Out of the 200 plus graduates in the last few years I heard back from two of them saying that they are working in the industry. Why didn’t more of them pursue what they are passionate about?
So what stands true is its still a very word of mouth business. But when you are fresh out of school how do you get started?
The few things that you do to get yourself geared for Georgia’s Movie Industry
1.Work for Free | Intern: Find a Movie Production house or a studio ask if they are looking for interns.You need to work for free for sometime. Don’t look at this as wasting your time but this is time that you are investing to make networking connections. This is number #1 on my list because that is how I got my first job in the industry. They kind of need to know how one handles high paced job situations? Are you okay to stand on the side of the road stopping traffic for a full 8 hr day? Can you stand outside the actors trailer for 8 hrs rain or shine?
2.Work in the Production Office: Work as an office runner helps you to learn a ton . The production office is the center of all activities . The office is a hectic place during pre-production copies, phone calls, helping associates and producers to get the daily job done. Scheduling, organizing is your forte, this is a great place to show off your skills to the producers. If you can get good at this you can prove to be a great asset.
3.Network with the right Group of people Find events and meet ups where you can meet up with people who work in the industry. Network 1-3 times in a month. In these network events, have business card, talk and ask if you can come on the set. There is no harm in asking. What will be the worst thing that can happen? They will say NO.
Get into Facebook Groups and Forums – Film Atlanta Production, Atlanta Film Community, Atlanta Film Industry and Film Atlanta, Georgia Film and TV production Professionals. Forums – City data and Production hub can help you to get some insights . There are number of threads at the same time. Once you join the group introduce yourself and please ask can about internships on the set | production office | post-production studio?
Checkout this article by Adweek about Georgia’s Tv and Film Industry and everything looks very positive. Incentives are here to stay and the Georgia’s Film & Television industry will continue to grow. It will be great if we can have more of our homegrown graduates to work in the industry full time.
I would really like to know how you got your first job in the industry and what are your thoughts on the Georgia Film Market? Write on the comment section below !
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