In honour of the recent Oscars, this week’s career memes turn the spotlight on the makers of movies.
What they do: Write scripts, hire staff for a film, establish a budget and ensure production stays within budget, determine film-making requirements, such as props, equipment, and access to locations, manage the set and filming, supervise film editing, and manage the film’s release.
What they don’t do: Nominate themselves for an Oscar.
Educational requirements: A background in film studies can provide potential filmmakers with knowledge about the industry and filmmaking techniques.
Required skills: Filmmakers should possess creativity, vision and leadership, be able to manage staff and communicate their ideas well, pay attention to detail and multitask, and obviously understand the filmmaking process.
Salary: Filmmakers can expect to earn an annual starting salary of US$31,650, with the potential to earn up to US$187,040. The average salary is US$90,240, according to Sokanu.com.