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The Real Magic Happens Behind the Scenes

21 NOV 2012
Career Path : Arts and Entertainment

Sir Peter Jackson’s newest addition to The Lord of the Rings trilogy is The Hobbit (Part 1) set to release this winter. While most people remember the LOR movies for their exceptional tribute to J.R. Tolkien’s literature feat, many people remember the magic of the film, created by a combination of scenery, music and filming. Audiences eagerly await the presentation of The Hobbit, hoping that the film transports them to the world of Bilbo Baggins and friends. The movie presents escapism, at least for a limited time, bringing viewers back to a land created solely by the people that you don’t see. In fact, the world of The Hobbit can be attributed to producers, directors, costume and set designers and sound engineers – and not one of these people can be found in front of the camera.


The movie business is tough. Actors and movie set workers alike know how difficult the business can be, and how competitive the entertainment world can be. For those that want to work behind the scenes, they’ve got to have both the education and the experience to stand up to thousands of other applicants and seasoned workers. This competitiveness exists across every facet of the entertainment business, from the sound departments to the location scouts. To make a name for yourself, you have to be able to stand out in a crowd full of people. The right training can take you half of the way, but networking is what will carry you the rest of the way. So where do you start?


If you are more interested in sound and music, enrolling in an audio engineering program might be the best step for you to take. You’ll be able to meet seasoned experienced professionals that will not only teach you, but also supervise your projects, strengthening the overall efficiency of your portfolio. If you’d rather work in production, consider choosing a smaller city to complete your film courses. Toronto is a great example, and is home to a number of film schools that are run by experienced people who can point you in the right direction. An advantage to working in such a small city is that it will make networking a lot easier (this usually translates to finding work much faster).


NB: aiming to be a director right off the bat is over ambitious—you have to do the work before anyone will allow you oversee his or her production. Aim for a practical, all-encompassing study of film, and that will provide you with strengths in almost all facets of the film industry.

Of course, a successful career means travelling to interesting locations, working with an ever-revolving amount of people, and a different experience, every single day. There is very little predictability, and the possibility of global recognition. But none of these things can happen without sufficient experience, or without a notable amount of training. Imagine working on a saga like The Hobbit. For a moment in time, you’re standing right in the middle of someone’s imagination, and you’re a huge part of its delivered creation. What could be better than that?


Visit Trebas Institute for more information on film school.