History Of Film Directing

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“The fact is, you don’t know what directing is until the sun is setting and you’ve got to get five shots and you’re only going to get two.” - David Fincher, director of Fight Club and The Social Network spoke these words about film directing. Those words can truly sum up the rewarding yet stressful career of a film director. Film is a broad spectrum that has been shaped throughout history, from silent films to the invention of sound and color. To advance in the film industry, directors need to have a certain skill set, and obtain a film degree, or a media production degree. During the pre film era of the 1920s, optical illusion toys using pictures and lights were used to give the effect of a moving picture. The Thaumatrope, invited in 1824 …show more content…
Many distinguished writers including; F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Faulkner, and Thomas Mann moved to Hollywood to write screenplays. The salary screenwriters earned at the time was more than most had seen in their entire lifetime. Unfortunately, the substantial pay was not enough. The monopoly turned film industry was producing films at an alarming rate, leaving screenwriters at the “bottom rung of the studio” (Cinema). The editor of “Who Wrote the Movie and What Else Did He Write.” Leonard Spiegelglass spoke on the situation, saying, “Over the years we have been called hacks, high priced secretaries, creature of the directors or producers, pulp writers, craftsmen, sell outs, cop outs, mechanical robots. No Pulitzer Prizes for us, no Nobles, no mention of our name…” …show more content…
The courses includes nine hours of humanities, 3 hours of oral communications, and also thity-five hours of mass communications. With this degree, students will learn a wide variety of skills to help with technical production in many fields including, television and radio. (Media).
Upon completion of this degree program, students should be able to confidently operate industry standard video and audio equipment, such as cameras and editing equipment, as well as be familiar with all aspects of media production, from media creation to post-production. The completion of this degree, will allow students to be able to further specialize in special components of media productions, such as sports or news broadcasting (Media).
One may find entry-level positions at media outlets as a production assistant. In these positions, the student will help direct and produce radio broadcasts, videos, news broadcasts or other forms of media. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics , the job outlook for media production jobs should remain favorable for a number of years to come. The demand for camera operators is expected to increase about as fast as the national average, as is the employment for video and audio editors and video and audio equipment technicians. Prospects should be best for those who have extensive experience with digital video and audio equipment and technology

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