Why I wanted a career in the film industry.
By George Ellsworth
Have you ever taken the time to look at where you are in life and how you got there? Sometimes that perspective can make you appreciate how far you've come and give you an idea of where to go next to reach your goal in life. The road you've travelled is unique to you and I can say the same for myself.
"The idea of creating a whole fictional world to entertain people was fascinating to me."
For me, I always wanted to make something that others could enjoy. I used to read and write a lot when I was young and as I got older, I learned to appreciate music more, but I always loved watching films. The idea of creating a whole fictional world to entertain people was fascinating to me. I vividly remember watching the behind the scenes extras on our videos and DVD's more than the actual film because I wanted to know as much as possible about how movies are made. The Star Wars franchise were some of my favourite films as a child and to see how they have achieved the effects was inspiring to me.
"I always preferred to be behind the camera because I got to decide what to show and what story to tell."
When I was around 11 years old, I got my first video camera and it practically never left my side. I made sketch shows with my friends, documentaries of my holidays and short films for years. Despite all of this, I was never exactly sure what I wanted to do for a job when I got older. It was only when I was finishing my GCSE's and had to choose my A Levels, did I realise that I could attempt to make a career for myself in the film industry. I chose Film Studies amongst other subjects and that's when I started to learn the art of film making. I studied film genres, styles and directors from Chaplin and Hitchcock to Fincher and Tarantino. In my own time, I practised the theory I had learned, involving camera angels and so much more. While I would often act in many of my own films. I always preferred to be behind the camera because I got to decide what to show and what story to tell.
"It turned out this was the best decision I had ever made."
All was going well until I finished my A Levels. I hadn't achieved high enough grades to get into my first choice university and I wasn't sure if I was comfortable taking the next step anyway. Instead, I decided to expand my filmmaking knowledge and took a college course in Creative Media Production. It turned out this was the best decision I had ever made. During this time, I learned much more practical skills in camera work, lighting, video editing and visual effects. Not only did I learn film related subjects, but I studied photography, graphics design and print-based media. One of my tutors also suggested a university for me to look at that offer great film courses; Ravensbourne.
That was over a year ago and here I am now, studying Digital Film Production at university and working in the film industry. I've been getting paid work for almost three years now and it is only increasing as time goes by. Outside of university, I've made plenty of films and I am now working on several projects right now.
I feel this just goes to show that you may not always know what to do next. Sometimes you can't see the road in front of you, but by looking back and seeing where you've come from, you can find the path you're looking for.
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