Boom time in British film industry presents multiple careers opportunites
Creative With a record £1.6 billion spent on film production in the UK last year, there are huge opportunities for a diverse range of people with different skill sets to meet the demands of this thriving industry.
It’s not just about A-list stars and million dollar salaries – film-making offers an expanding range of multi-disciplinary opportunities, and the British film industry continues to ride the crest of the wave with everything from blockbusters to edgy independent productions.
“The success of the film industry in the UK is no flash in the pan – worth £3.7 billion to the economy, it is the UK’s fastest growing sector,” says Amanda Nevill, CEO of the BFI (British Film Institute), the lead body for film in the UK. “A huge range of skills and crafts are needed to make a film – just take a look at the end credits! Caterers, costumiers, lawyers, designers, technicians – quite apart from the actors, directors and producers. And once filming has wrapped, there are roles in marketing, distribution, sales, archiving... There really is something for everyone.”
“Talent is everywhere”
Nevill believes there are extensive opportunities for those who combine a passion for science and arts. With advances in special effects, technology is pushing the boundaries of our imaginations as never before and the UK is at the forefront of this innovation with world leading VFX facilities, “we need many more young people to develop the technical and creative skills needed in the industry, particularly women.”
The UK is one of the most popular places in the world to produce feature films, the UK’s top 3 box office hits in 2016 – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (takings £64.3m), Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (£54.3m) and Bridget Jones’ Baby (48.2m) – were all made in the UK using UK crews, locations and facilities. Combine these hits with our critically acclaimed independent films such as last year’s Cannes Palme D’Or winner I, Daniel Blake and Oscar nominated The Lobster and it shows the UK is one of the most vibrant and successful countries for filmmaking.
It is a thriving industry and success is also being enjoyed on the small screen – with a growing appetite for of high-end television series, many of the internationally successful shows such as Game of Thrones and The Crown are also being shot in the UK. This consistent influx of business should reassure parents and teachers as well as young people that a career in TV and film can be rewarding in many ways.
“Talent is everywhere”, says Nevill. “We want to encourage people from across the whole of the UK and from all backgrounds, to explore a career in film production.” Pointing to their recently launched five year strategy BFI2022, Nevill BFI continues, “we are working with partners across the industry to create new opportunities for 1000s of individuals from all backgrounds from across the UK to join and progress within UK film”.
The BFI and the UK film industry will be launching a 10 point plan to develop film skills in the UK on June 29th 2017. Please check www.bfi.org.uk