Busting 3 Myths About Career Paths in the Film Industry

Starting as an Assistant Director doesn’t mean you’ll direct

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Assistant Director Director

It isn’t a silly question—people just entering the big union world are often right out of school, and sometimes they don’t know that ADing is not a path to directing.

Camera Operator → Director of Photography (DOP)

Similar to AD unions, camera unions tends to weed out people with ambitions of becoming DOPs.

Producer’s Assistant → Producer

A producer’s assistant has an entirely different set of tasks, including but not limited to: finding the wireless router and setting it up in video village, managing the producer’s schedule, and other miscellaneous things like picking up the producer’s dry cleaning and grabbing them a coffee.

Okay, so how do I get where I want to go?

Former filmmaker. Forever storyteller.

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