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  03 March 2005
the future of film and video on the Web

Recently I read a thread on this site that was about the pros and cons of filmmaking as a career choice. The thread was started by someone exploring the possibility of attending film school.

Several bloggers agreed that a career in filmmaking does not guarantee predictable hours or a steady paycheck. They said that it was important to really be interested in film as a career -- that way the uncertainties regarding employment would be worth any struggle.

I am in the same boat as the person who was exploring film school. A couple of questions that it would be great to hear what people have to say about.

With the gradual increase of broadband Web users (which at some point may make up a very large percentage of the population of the Western world), the increasing amount of video content on the Web, and the likely eventual convergence of TV and the Web into a seamless package, what are the chances that film and video will become a rapidly emerging career path, with burgeoning opportunities for gainful employment and artistic license?

How do people think that the current war between the entertainment industry and companies like Morpheus (over copyright infringement and peer to peer swapping of music and movies) will be resolved? If Web users win, and the music and movie industries are rebuffed in a major way, will that put the brakes on the possible explosion of film and video employment opportunities mentioned above?

On a more practical level, how difficult is it to support oneself in a video production career as opposed to a film career? Is making a living in video production (working at a company that creates corporate training films, and TV commercials and other advertising) just as difficult as in filmmaking, or are there more opportunities for steady work and paychecks?

What does a video production person (with 3 to 5 years experience) usually make per year?

What is the most important tool to learn to begin a career in video production? I have read that Apple Final Cut and Avid XPress are the most used tools in video production. Is this correct? Which of the two tools is it more advantageous to learn, to get an entry level job in video production?
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