December 15, 2015
Media Arts

Lights, Camera, Action!

Ever wanted to see your name up on the big screen? With the local film industry growing rapidly due to our incredible locations, great technical expertise and low production costs, now's your chance.

How do I know if it's the right career for me?

If you have a burning desire to share stories in visual format, a career in production is a great means to that end. To succeed, you'll need creative flair and a love of drama, along with stamina and the ability to remain focussed throughout a long day on set.

During the Oakfields College Film, TV and Video Production course, you'll learn how to convert your raw talent and passion into something more tangible as you're exposed to the various aspects of film-making. You'll also experience first-hand the importance of teamwork during the production of your final showpieces: a short film, a documentary and a music video.

What can I do with my production skills?

Producing a movie involves many more people behind the scenes than in front of the camera, so whether you're an actor, producer, director, scriptwriter, camera or boom operator, sound or lighting technician, make-up artist, special effects expert, animator or editor, there's a role for you.

The variety of jobs available is huge and the one you choose will depend on your particular area of interest and expertise.

Once I complete my studies, then what? 

Many production companies offer internships that give young talent the opportunity to be involved in a real, live production. They're a great way to experience different aspects of the industry, while you hone your skills and start building your reputation. Although you may start at the bottom, if you prove that you're responsible, hard-working and willing to get stuck in wherever you're needed, you'll soon move up the ladder.

The chance to work with both national and international film professionals is at an all-time high in South Africa, and still growing. Join the industry now and who knows where you might be in a few years' time? The (film) world is your oyster!

Samantha-Jo Hampton

Marketing Assistant

samh@oakfieldscollege.co.za