10 Steps to Getting Your Dream Job in Film Special Effects
Getting a break in film special effects is hard, but not as hard as you may think. The following ten things will go a long way to help you achieve your dream job.
1) Understand the Industry
If you want to work in special effects, its important not just to know the difference between a Stag (stagehand) and a Director, but know how special effects itself is divided up. Long gone are the days when Ray Harryhausen (Jason and the Argonauts) would lock himself in a shed with a small team of people and do all the special effects himself. Now, everything is spread across different teams and departments. So, if youre interested in sculpting sets and large monsters, you want to work as a film sculptor; if you’d prefer smaller more technical projects youd be better off choosing the model unit.
2) Be a Realist
Working in the creative industry and particularly the film industry is not easy. Youll often be faced with challenging projects and demanding deadlines and therell be dozens of different people waiting for you to finish so they can complete their own jobs. Youll have to strike a...