Here at EVCOM we work with corporate filmmakers and agencies who create corporate film. What does that mean? Not all pieces of film are feature films, TV series or even edgy shorts. Every day brands and companies commission filmmakers to create beautiful films to promote a brand’s messaging or ethos, or powerful films that are used internally to tackle racism, or meaningful films used to train people and keep them safe in dangerous workplaces. Some of this film is never seen by the public, some sits on company’s websites, and some you might see on their Instagram. It’s a huge and varied world which offers more regular hours and employment than the film world is known for! Find out more about what corporate film encompasses here.
It’s often called the hidden sector and because of that, there aren’t that many targeted resources for aspiring corporate filmmakers. But ultimately, all filmmakers, whether corporate or feature, need to hone their craft, get experience and have an understanding of the industry. The following list holds resources that’ll help you do all that!
If you have a resource you’d like to add to this list, please get in touch with Amelia via email@example.com.
What they say: “Bectu is the union for creative ambition. We represent over 40,000 staff, contract and freelance workers in the media and entertainment industries.
Our members work in roles such as producers, directors, editors, camera operators, riggers and runners, and in departments such as costume, hair and make-up, art department, locations and props. We will support members when something goes wrong at work and we’ll stand up for their rights and protect their jobs.”
What we say: “Members receive access to financial and legal services, a community and body who will fight for you. Many of their members are freelancers and as a result they have a host of great resources for the freelance community. Their magazine is also a great source of information.”
What they say: “BFI Film Academy offers a wide range of opportunities across the UK for 16-25 year olds to learn more about film and filmmaking, including courses, events and the BFI Future Film Festival.”
What we say: “We work with the BFI on our Talking Pictures series, and love what they do! Their courses and events are a great way to learn about making film, as well as about the industry around the filmmaking itself.
What they say: “BFI NETWORK exists to support, develop and champion new filmmakers looking to kick-start their career.
Made possible through National Lottery funding, we collaborate with film organisations and leading cultural venues across the UK to provide short film and early feature development funding, industry-backed professional development and networking support to producers, writers and directors of all ages.”
What we say: “An offshoot of the BFI, the Network has great resources around finding funding, and a wealth of articles with filmmaking advice from some pretty important people in the filmmaking world. You can also take a look at short films funded by BFI Network – a great source of inspiration.”
British Interactive Media Association – BIMA
What they say: “BIMA is the voice of digital & tech. We represent a community of businesses, charities and academia across the UK.
BIMA’s vibrant, innovative network of like-minded people from agencies, startups, brands, charities, education and freelancers, is driving the future of digital. Join to gain immediate business benefit with member-only access to valuable events, awards programmes, talent initiatives and much more.”
What we say: “BIMA is a membership organisation with a focus on digital. They run events and webinars, and offer industry resources. There’s also a great community to get involved with when you’re further into your industry journey.”
What they say: “The independent network for the UK’s Creative Industries.
We believe in the power of creativity and the creative industries to change lives, placing creativity at the heart of the UK’s culture, economy and education system. Our goal is simple: to cultivate a world where creativity is championed, valued, and fundamentally nurtured.
We unite the creative industries and generate opportunities for innovation to thrive by investing in creative people and businesses. We’re here to harness the power of the creative sector to build a stronger, fairer, and more prosperous future.”
What we say: “This is one of the largest creative networks in the UK, and a great place to connect with other creatives, whether you’re a member or not. They also hold really inspiring events across the UK.”
New York Film Academy
What they say: “Continue your Film School education online with our extensive online resources that cover the many demands and skills required of aspiring and working filmmakers. From in-depth articles looking at the current realities of the film industry, insightful Q&A’s and interviews, and helpful how-to guides, you will find the answer to your many filmmaking questions.”
What we say: “You don’t have to be a student of the NYFA to make the most of their online resources. They have a great selection of how to’s and Q&As as well as articles around trends in the industry. Again, you can hear from some pretty pivotal filmmakers on everything from craft to the practicalities of the industry.”
What they say: “Reel Connections uses film, music and the creative arts to connect people, groups and communities across Norfolk and the South East. We deliver events, screenings and activities with people of all ages and abilities.”
What we say: “Reel Connections is a great way to meet other young filmmakers. There are opportunities to get involved in organising film festivals, and a great facebook group to share good practice, swap ideas and support each other. Industry sessions provide changes for young filmmakers to speak directly to peopleworking in the film exhibition sector and related professions. Meet other young filmmakers and potential collaborators, watch and discuss films communally, and learn about the industry here.”
What they say: “ScreenSkills is the industry-led skills body for the screen industries – film, television (including children’s, unscripted and high-end), VFX (visual effects), animation and games. We are supporting economic recovery and future innovation and growth across the nations and regions by investing in the skilled and inclusive workforce who are critical to the UK screen industries’ global success.
We provide insight, career development and other opportunities to help people get into the industry and progress within it.”
What we say: “Screenskils is a brilliant resource. With everything from tips to mentorship opportunities, training to advice, it’s a really great support system for anyone interested in entering the film industry and/ or nurturing their skills. The content is delivered in a whole range of different forms, with a great selection of video content to enjoy, making it really accessible.”