What Can I do With a Degree in Film?
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- First Camera Assistant
- Lighting Designer
- Screen Writer
- Cable TV Production/Training Coordinator
- Film Editor
- Multimedia Designer
- ASIFA-Portland (International Animated Film Association) — "ASIFA is a worldwide organization of professional animators and those involved with the production of animated films (such as directors, producers, musicians, and traditional artists)."
- ASIFA-Seattle (International Animated Film Association) — "ASIFA is a worldwide organization of professional animators and those involved with the production of animated films (such as directors, producers, musicians, and traditional artists)."
- Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences
- American Federation of Television & Radio Artists (AFTRA) — The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) is a national labor union representing over 70,000 performers, journalists, and other artists working in the entertainment and news media.
- American Film Institute — AFI is a national institute providing leadership in screen education and the recognition and celebration of excellence in the art of film, television, and digital media.
- The American Society of Assistant Cinematographers — The American Society of Assistant Cinematographers is a honorary fraternal organization of professional men and women who work as camera assistants.
- Association of Independent Video and Filmmaker (AVIF) — The mission of Independent Media Publications is to inform, encourage, and mobilize independent and grassroot media-makers.
- Directors Guild of America ( DGA) — The DGA seeks to protect directional teams' legal and artistic rights, contend for their creative freedom, and strengthen their ability to develop meaningful and credible careers.
- Mid-Oregon Production Arts Network (MOPAN) — "a non-profit professional trade organization representing those in the media production arts."
- Motion Picture Editors Guild — The Motion Picture Editors (MPEG) is a national labor organization currently representing over 6,000 freelance and staff post-production professionals. Ours is the world's premiere craft guild that sets the standards for excellence in the post-production industry. The requirements to become a member of the Guild and placed on our Industry Experience Roster ensures the highest level of professionalism.
- Oregon Media Production Association (OMPA) — "OMPA is the largest nonprofit film, video and multimedia association in Oregon." Provides forums for networking and professional development. Search The Source: Oregon's Media Production Directory.
- POWER UP! — Professional Organization of Women in Entertainment Reaching UP!
- Reel Women — An Austin, Texas, non-profit organization that provides a support system for women at all levels of experience in the film and video industries.
- Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) — "...professional organization of college and university educators, filmmakers, historians, critics, scholars, and others devoted to the study of the moving image."
- University Film and Video Association (UFVA) — "UFVA members are image-makers and artists, teachers and students, archivists and distributors, college departments, libraries, and manufacturers."
- Women in Film (WIF)/Seattle — "WIF/Seattle is a professional, nonprofit organization supporting and advancing the work and opportunities for women in films, video, television, and new media."
- Writers Guild of America — To promote and protect the professional and artistic interests of all writers of literary material in the fields of radio, free television, pay television, basic cable television, informational programming, video discs/video cassettes, and theatrical motion pictures and other related industries.
- Actors, Producers, Directors — From the Occupational Outlook Handbook
- CollegeGrad.com — List career information for Actors, Producers, and Directors
- Film Studies — Lists and briefly describes job related titles for Film Studies Majors. From the University of British Columbia.
- "Is a Cinema Studies Degree the New M.B.A?" — Article by ELIZABETH VAN NESS. Published in the March 6, 2005 New York Times.
- What is Film Studies? — Gives an overview of potential career titles, related major skills, and career planning links. From the Career Center at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.
- Why Study Film & Media Studies abroad? — From the Center for International Education, UC Irvine.
- Breaking into the Business — Useful suggestions for getting into the local film industry. From the Washington State Film Office (WSFO).
- Job Hotline — From the Oregon Film and Video Office
- Job Hunting — Suggestions provided by ASIFA-Seattle member Demian
- Northwest Production Index — This is not a job search site but the index can be useful in identifying film production professionals.
- Production Directory — This is not a job search site but the directory can be useful identifying film production professionals. From the Oregon Media Production Association (OMPA).
- TV/Film/Video/Radio Jobs — Portland Craigslist
- EntertainmentCareer.net — Entertainment jobs and internships listings at Studios, Networks, Production Companies, Record Companies, TV and Radio Stations, VFX, Animation, Broadcasting.
- Film and Video Jobs — For jobs in the New England area. From NewEnglandFilm.com.
- OffstageJobs.com — The National Resource for behind-the-scenes jobs in the Live Entertainment Industry.
- ProductionHUB.com — The Production Search Engine.
- Showbizjobs.com — The Entertainment Professional Network.
- The Riley Guide — Employment Opportunities and Job Resources on the Internet.
- Variety — Media and entertainment industry jobs online.
Northwest Organizations Supporting Film/Digital Media/Moving Image Arts
- Film Action Oregon — Mission is to "foster the growth and development of film and video in the state of Oregon; to enhance the artistic, cultural and education development and understanding of Oregonians; and to engage in relevant, related community development."
- Northwest Documentary Arts and Media — Mission is "to create, instruct, and share the art of documentary storytelling."
- Northwest FilmCenter — A "regional media arts resource and service organization founded to encourage the study, appreciation and utilization of the moving image arts, foster their artistic and professional excellence, and to help create a climate in which they may flourish. The Center provides a variety of film and video exhibition, education and information programs..."
- 911 Media Arts Center — "911 Media Arts Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting independent digital media artists in the creation and exhibition of their work."
- Independent Feature Project (IFP) — "IFP is a 29-year old, not-for-profit membership and advocacy organization that supports and serves the independent film community by connecting creative talent and the file industry."
- Northwest Film Forum (NWFF) — NWFF is "a Seattle-based non-profit organization dedicated to becoming the nation's leading center for film artists."
Film-Related Government Agencies
- Oregon Film and Video Office — Promotes " the development of the film, video, and multimedia industry in Oregon."
- Washington State Film Office
Film/Television/Video/Multimedia Production Companies in Portland, Oregon
Communications/Design Firms in Portland, Oregon
- Portland, Oregon 48-Hour Film Project — "The 48 Hour Film Project is a wild and sleepless weekend in which you and a team make a movie - write, shoot, edit and score it - in just 48 hours. On Friday night, you get a character, a prop, a line of dialogue and a genre, all to include in your movie. 48 hours later, the movie must be complete. Then it will show at a local theater, usually in the week."
- DisOrient 2008: Asian American Film Festival of Oregon — DisOrient 2007: Asian American Film Festival of Oregon
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