Cinema is a highly collaborative art-form. It demands hundreds of people to come together to work towards a common goal. But in popular culture, actors have been the only members of the film industry to be celebrated largely due to their immediate recognizability. But a lot of the magic of the movies is created by people who toil behind the screen to mesmerize viewers into believing in the highly imaginative world of the movies. If you are planning on making a career in films but don’t want to be on screen, here is the list of best career paths you can choose in movies if you don’t want to become an actor.
A producer is the person who is ever present throughout the entire life of the film from conception to distribution. They are responsible to bring together the movie in the conceptualization phase when the script is seen and sometimes revised, then directors and crew members are hired. They also play a huge role in casting the right actors for the right parts working alongside the casting director. They may be assisted by co-producers, executive producers and associate producers. It is the executive producer’s responsibility to secure funding for the film and help draft the budget for the film. The associate producer and co-producer do the majority of the physical work and overlook certain aspects like location scouting and rehearsals. To become a producer, you must be highly organized, decisive and convincing. You have to make sure that the entire cast and crew works together like a well-oiled machine. And while the job-description may be daunting, to say the least, it has a huge payoff.
Probably the most celebrated members of the film industry, after the actors of course, are the directors. They are the voice of the film. It is the director who chooses what the viewers see and what they don’t. A director has the incredibly difficult job to bring the words on paper into life but when done right, they can turn fairly antiquated concepts into fresh stories through their own perspective. While the writer may be the source of the idea, the director is the actual storyteller which is why some directors can keep you engrossed or relaxed or thrilled or blow your minds like no story on a piece of paper can. It is said that there are mainly two types of directors; the auteur-director and the people’s directors. The auteur is a headstrong visionary who has a strong image in his head which he replicates in film while the people’s director is a lovable guy who sees the strengths of the people involved and allows them to inculcate their own touches to the final product. To be a director, you must have the ability to do either one of them well and then modulate according to the situation. The biggest factor though is that you should have a unique voice and vision. That is what has made Tarantino, Woody Allen and Scorsese great directors.