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Old October 13th, 2006, 08:04 AM   #1
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Alright, well my goal was to go to college for motion image degree. It takes 2 years. I've already completed one year, a mandatory requirements (design foundations certificate). Now I'm just unsure if this is the right thing for me. I love filmmaking and editing, I just don't know if I am going to find a good paying job. I'd like to be able to support a family someday (I'm 21 currently).

Anybody have experience or tips?

I live in Edmonton,AB (Canada), so I don't really know what jobs are out there, I'm going to explore around and see what I can get.

I hear most filmmaking jobs are out in Vancouver.
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Old October 13th, 2006, 08:42 AM   #2
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Well, one of the disadvantages of our 'branche' is that it's not as consistent as working in a factory or as a doctor...
But editing get's well paied, some top-editors charge 100 dollars per hour (or more, I don't know?) so when have some jobs, they pay very good, but of course it's not a steady 9 to 5 job...
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Old October 13th, 2006, 08:56 AM   #3
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I know plenty of people who make a great living and support a family based on editing. You can freelance, you can work full time for a post house, or you can work full time for a production company. I know a lot around here for work for places like National Geographic and Discovery Channel also. There is a lot of cutting going on.
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Old October 13th, 2006, 09:21 AM   #4
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The more you can do... the more you will do.

You're young. Learn as much as you possibly can. Learn Avid. Learn FCP. Learn Vegas.

Cut all sorts of things.

Get your degree. Work on other student's projects. Take small jobs. Look especially hard for intern opportunites for working production companies. This might be industry IE Television or film companies, or it might be Indy IE Add agencies. But interning with a really busy company is like drinking from a firehose. You WILL learn a lot.

The offers will come.
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Old October 13th, 2006, 10:12 AM   #5
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I hear most filmmaking jobs are out in Vancouver.
Saskatchewan and Manitoba have growing film/video industries because of the high level of provincial incentives there. They have sometimes have trouble filling crews and have to fly people in that case. Saskatchewan also has training programs, since they want to develop talented Saskatchewan labour. The programs are really directed towards Saskatchewan residents though (i.e. the incentives are higher if the production uses Saskatchewan residents, etc.).

There is also corporate video, wedding videos, local news, etc. everywhere you go. I think there are more jobs there than in TV series and feature films.

2- The salaries for editors really ranges. Feature films, TV series, commercials pay the best (can hit six figures) and those jobs are competitive. You'll need to work your way up from assistant editor (or lower). I don't know if feature film or TV series editing is done much in Alberta.

In news, you might get paid poorly.
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Old October 13th, 2006, 02:15 PM   #6
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Oh wow, okay thanks for all your replies everyone. They were very detailed and helpful.
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Old October 21st, 2006, 07:51 AM   #7
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There are a number of regional filmmakers like Guy Maddin and Gary Burns (I think) in Calgary. I am in Toronto right now at Ryerson for filmmaking. But not everyone comes to Toronto (or Vancouver, Montreal,..). Terry Gillliam's new film "Tideland" was filmed in manitoba. Check out your area for film/video coops. They're good for training, getting access to discount gear, and meeting other like minded individuals to work on projects. I like being in Toronto for all the other cultural stuff - there are 10 film festivals going this weekend along with the fesival of authors, etc...
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