Laurie transferred his career from advertising into a film sales company, he has been working in the film industry for three years.
I always wanted to combine my marketing degree/background with a creative sector such as film. From there, film distribution and sales seemed like a natural progression to do so.
Yes. Through the MFJF website, I was fortunate enough to gain a 4 month training placement with a leading London based film sales agent.
2 years. However, I wouldn’t let that discourage anyone who wants to enter the film industry.
Like anything worthwhile, getting a ‘foot in the door’ of the film industry is very hard, but if it weren’t hard, then everyone would be doing it. Once in, the rewards far out weigh the tough times you face at the beginning. I should also note; from my experience, most people, if not all, have taken the same path and started from the bottom and worked their way up. There is no other way!
The work can vary from a range of things; these include, but are not limited to the following;
Organising film market and festival diaries and meetings.
Answering the phone, photocopying, filing, updating distributor contact lists.
Sending out film script packages and company line-up.
Reviewing all marketing materials/ and distributor marketing budgets.
Script analysis, providing suggestions on casting.
Social media marketing
My current role is dynamic, challenging and highly rewarding.
On any given day, I could be doing various different things such as:
Reading scripts or watching films to see if they are suitable for acquiring
Managing marketing campaigns for upcoming film releases
Negotiating with exhibitors regarding our films
All social media marketing
Organising market and festival diaries
Whilst I have always had a significant amount of respect for the craft of film-making, I now know just how much hard work and how many people are involved in the process from script development, casting and financing through to production, distribution and marketing.
The links that bring a film to global audiences really is incredible. None of it would be possible if just one of the links was missing – EVERYONE has an important role to play.
For me the biggest highlight was actually gaining entrance into the industry. At times, from the outside the sector feels almost impossible to enter. However, through determination, sheer grit and perseverance, I was finally able to enter the film industry and I haven’t looked back since.
No matter how hard it might be at times, you have to just keep plugging away. Don’t be afraid to get out there and network, email people, always keep an eye on MFJF, read all the film trade publications and continue to grow and develop your skills.
Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. As mentioned earlier, everyone started somewhere!