I want to work in the world of films. What subjects do I need in school? Which are the best universities?

While the glamour of films is undoubtedly attractive, it is necessary to acknowledge and appreciate the extent of work that needs to be done behind the scenes. A film is an ultimate case study for team work.

There is the director who shares his vision with the technical department as well as actors and art department. The work on the script is done by the screenplay writer and dialogue writer, who play an important role in the pre-production of a film before it goes on a film set. Technical roles are that of cinematographer and sound recorder, who work on actual production of the film on a film set. Editor, sound mixer, colourist and VFX specialist work on the post-production phase of the film, after the shooting is done. The art department is responsible for the look of the film and carries out set design and costumes.

Among the multitude of roles, you’d need to decide which best suits your ability and talent. This could be done by reading the job description and attending relevant workshops. Most roles will need an aptitude for both technology and creativity. A course in film making will teach you about camera operation, lighting and sound, editing, screenwriting and animation.

There are no defined subjects that need to be studied in school to qualify for admission to a film making programme in university. Some universities may however ask for a portfolio of previous work, a statement of purpose that demonstrates your passion and ability for the subject. You may also be required to have studied history, literature and other humanities subjects.

There are several world-class campuses, which also provide industry access and industry specialists on campus. The American Film Institute (AFI), Los Angeles is one. In 2017 the Institute had 27 Emmy nominations among its alumni.

The CalArts School of film and video has long been a favourite stomping ground for animation and film making for Hollywood.

Other institutes in the US include University of Southern California’s USC School of Cinematic Arts and Loyola Marymount University’s School of Film and Television.

The National Film and Television School, London, is the only school in UK with its own studios and is considered a premier institute in Europe. In Asia, The Film and Television Institute (FTII) of India is an excellent option.

Sanjeev Verma is an international education counsellor. Got a problem? Our fantastic panel of renowned experts is available to answer all your questions related to fashion, well-being, nutrition, finance and hypnotherapy. Email your queries to friday@gulfnews.com.