Cambridge Area Provides Training for Future Film Makers

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hollywoodeastBy now you have been exposed to all the excitement and controversy about the budding Massachusetts Film Industry.  Recently the Boston Globe wrote an article highlighting the need for trained workers in the film industry and 2 companies that are playing a role here in Cambridge and Somerville.  Of course it’s exciting to see news of stars like Leonardo DiCaprio and Bruce Willis visiting our state but nowadays many of us are more concerned about jobs.  If the film industry that is growing here can bring us good jobs, then I am all for it.

The article mentioned Future Media Concepts with a new expanded office in Kendall Square.  They expanded because they are seeing an increased demand for up to date training for all areas of film production.  Though there has been a significant increase in the number of movies filming in Massachusetts the bigger demand is expected when the Plymouth Rock Studios and the studio at the former South Weymouth Air Station are built.  That has been slow going but Plymouth Rock is expected to start building later this year.  Hollywood East is truly on its way.

Future Media Concepts has a wide range of courses and you don’t have to sign up for a full program like some other educational programs.  If you want to take one course on Adobe Premiere or one on Apple’s Final Cut Pro you can.  The courses they offer use the curriculum from the vendors so that they can provide official certification.  Certification exams are not included in the course costs so be sure to look at those if that is your goal.  I would also ask what type of assistance they provide for career placement.

Powderhouse was the other company they mentioned and they are based in Somerville.  They actually produce programs and have provided internships for local college students.  I saw them also on a Chronicle show where they were talking about the film industry.  They produce non-fiction shows for the likes of the Discovery Channel and the History Channel just to name a couple.

Another set of educational programs I would look at would be Boston University’s Center for Digital Imaging Arts with a campus in nearby Waltham.  CDIA offers certificates in Digital Film Making, Photography, 3D Animation, Graphic and Web Design, Audio Production and Web Development.  Their programs are more of a commitment than the 3 day type courses you can take at Future Media Concepts but may be a good choice for those that want a complete set of courses in the disciplines mentioned.  They also have a career services department to help students find jobs.

If you love the movie industry but want to stay in Massachusetts now is an exciting time to explore career opportunities and get updated training.

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