17 Problems Every Film Studies Student Will Face After Graduation
Graduating with a degree in Film Studies is a great achievement you can, and should, be proud of. However, even those of us with such a great degree face some problems after graduation.
1. Having to explain to employers that your degree equipped you to do more than just watch and analyse films.
2. While also struggling to ensure your CV reflects your other film-making skills all at once.
3. The desperation of hunting down internships or work experience positions in the industry.
4. Which will bring about the unavoidable “what are you going to do with your degree” question.
5. The realisation that you’re constantly up against other film graduates who have more production experience then you.
6. Always having to analyse every film and T.V. series that you watch all the damn time.
After 3 years of undertaking film projects and learning multiple film theories through watching old and new features, analysing the significance of how the camera is framed or how the mise-en scene doesn’t match the story’s time-period will become second nature to you. Especially when you’re in the cinemas all by yourself…
Watching Fight Club and trying to enjoy the film instead of analysing each damn scene! #filmstudentproblems
— Hannah Bishop (@IamBish94) May 4, 2015
7. Constantly explaining to your peers what your degree entailed.
Y’know, besides films.
8. Automatically being assigned as the in-house “expert” of film.
You know how to write an essay on the code and conventions that Francois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard used in their French New Wave films of the 1960s, so clearly you can recommend what the best film is to watch at the cinemas and at home.
9. Which will tempt people to constantly ask you “what happens in this film then?”
Look, I don’t know all the films.
10. Having to accept the fact you’ll probably have to do some independent film-making of your own before people will offer you money for your skills.
11. Missing the fact that you’ll never be able to whip out articulate sentences on psychoanalytic film theory on a daily basis.
It’s fine. Honestly.
12. But also contemplating whether the time and stress it took to get your head around such film theories was worth it.
13. Especially when you discover that the average employer won’t be interested in what Christian Metz has to say.
14. The hard reality when you notice people who were on your course have somehow ended up with a great job.
Film related or otherwise.
15. And the pain of coming to terms with the fact that you miss your course friends even more than you imagined you would.
They got you through those difficult months of your film-making and presentation deadlines. It’s not the same without them.