Section 2: Professional Development


Please upload or summarise the crew test you did with Rupert




Describe the structure and interrelationships of the production department. You can use a diagram or similar if you wish 

The most basic and famous relationship is a director and an actor since while this relationship may seem simple at its core, this can in many directions depending on the personality types of those involved.

All heads of departments: director, production manager, 1st AD,  sound mixer and editor all connect like a large branch, with the director on top. The director may be head of filming but a director is not going to know every aspect of the filming process, so it is important that they have experts who can handle specific matters and help to achieve what the director wants.

Each of these heads has their own specific workers such as boom operator or script supervisor to help out the head, in order to help out the director.

Role Allocations Spaghetti

Role Allocations The End



Describe at least 2 potential progression routes into the film industry (e.g. university, apprenticeships, entry-level work, film festivals etc)

University is the most common way in which people work their way into the film industry, some of my favourite directors studied a bachelor’s that involved art or literature or something completely different, then transitioning into a master’s in film. However, nowadays, I believe that more young people are being encouraged to take film as a bachelor’s like me. Once finished, a person can continue with their studies, or find a job in the industry depending on which job. A person aspiring to become a director may start as a runner and work their way up. While a write just needs their script to accepted by a film company.

Film festivals are an excellent way of getting noticed by the film industry, thus boosting your film career. The more prestigious the film festival is, the more prestige your film can receive. This is definitely the case for film festivals such as Cannes, Berlin or Venice. If you study film at university, your student film could have potential to compete in at a student film festival or be in competition for student film awards.


What do you plan to do when the academy is finished?

I plan to apply for the NFTS BFI Film Academy Craft Residential, to get more experience of being on set, I enjoyed working on set and want to explore working in a different role. If I don’t get onto it, I will plan to focus on my studies, in order to get into university where I will study film.


Briefly, describe the job of one of your tutors, and what they have done in their career

Carine Koleilat was my sound tutor on the course. She studied at the Lebanese American University Beirut where she received a BA in radio, tv and film. Later, she studied at the London Film Academy where she received her diploma and discovered her passion for sound. She directed a short film while at LFA called Cold Shoulder and is currently developing her first feature. She also has a sound company called Blue Fox.



What is the wider creative media sector? (think about music, costume, advertising, animation, theatre, games etc)

Film is part of the wider creative sector which includes TV, animation, gaming, VFX, advertising, fashion, photography, publishing and radio.


Explain how film production connects to the wider creative media sector

Film production connects with TV because there can similar roles needed on each creative industry such as directors, writers or runners. Animation ties in because sometimes a film director wants an animated section in a film or a film company wants to make an animated film. Gaming can connect if a crew is needed to make a live-action trailer for a gaming product. A VFX company is used when a film scene needs special effects such as CGI. Advertising is utilised when the film needs promotion, which ties in with TV and radio. Fashion can be involved with costume design. Photography is needed to get shots for the posters if needed or take promotional stills or take shots of behind the scenes.

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3 thoughts on “Section 2: Professional Development”

  1. Good work here, Max! Really great to see you reflecting well on your options. You’ve successfully completed 2.3 & 2.4

    Please remember to upload your responses for 2.1 & 2.2 – my email in October gave some info to help with this, but let me know if you need any assistance!


  2. Thank you for responding to 2.2 – you have just done enough to cover the requirements for 2.1 & 2.2, but the detail is very light. I am just able to sign you off for section 2


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