Surviving Post-production

How to Get Into and Survive Film, Advertising and TV Post-production – The Alternative Guide

The Book Extract: The Traditional Way

The traditional way of getting a job in post–production is to start as a runner and build your way to the top.
It requires tonnes of enthusiasm and the willingness to work very long hours for peanuts.
But first you have to become one.
With dozens of applications dropping onto the recruitment desks every day yours has to stand out.
One runner sent a worn out, battered trainer with his CV.
He got the job.
The advantages of being a runner are that you meet a lot of people working in the industry, you get an insight into the workings of the company and you have time to assess which role you may want to pursue.
You are able to ask questions and meet people doing the job you may want to do and you get the opportunity to play around on the equipment in downtime.

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