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SCIENCE FILM MAKER: Teaching Science Through Film

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Christina, a Science Film Maker, describes her current gig working on a documentary for public television and what her day looks like working part-time and free-lancing on independent projects. Christina started her career path majoring in Marine Biology, but instead of becoming an academic she decided to share her love of animals and nature by teaching science through film. She now knows how the film industry works and how the internet has created great potential for independent film producers

School: Montana State University at Bozeman
Degree: Marine Biology - Film
Job Title: Science Film Maker
Employer: PBS

Job Summary: Film and Video Editors

Job Description

Film and video editors and camera operators record images that entertain or inform an audience. Camera operators capture a wide range of material for TV shows, motion pictures, music videos, documentaries, or news and sporting events. Editors construct the final productions from the many different images camera operators capture. They collaborate with producers and directors to create the final production.

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Additional Info

Most film editors have had several years of experience in related jobs before they are given an opportunity as an editor. They normally start out as an edit room assistant, taking notes or doing other simple tasks for an editor, before becoming an assistant editor. After several years of learning about editing as an assistant, they may be given an opportunity as an editor. Like camera operators, editors typically start out on small productions and move on to bigger and more expensive ones as they gain experience.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
$20,000 - $80,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
0 to 10 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Irregular, Long hours, Varies Widely
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Indoor, Outdoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Creativity, Detail oriented, Hand-eye coordination, Technical skills, Teamwork

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<span m='25070'>I</span> <span m='25350'>come</span> <span m='25620'>to</span> <span m='25820'>places</span> <span m='26120'>like</span> <span m='26360'>this</span> <span m='26630'>where I'm</span> <span m='27090'>filming</span> <span m='28490'>interviews</span> <span m='29220'>and</span> <span m='29340'>kids</span> <span m='29660'>running</span> <span m='29900'>around.</span> <span m='30710'>Just</span> <span m='30920'>whatever</span> <span m='31300'>freelance</span> <span m='31720'>projects</span> <span m='32470'>that</span> <span m='32670'>are</span> <span m='32759'>coming</span> <span m='33010'>up</span> <span m='33120'>I</span> <span m='33390'>go</span> <span m='33650'>shoot.</span> </p><p><span m='34130'>I've</span> <span m='34300'>always</span> <span m='34490'>been</span> <span m='34630'>interested</span> <span m='34970'>in</span> <span m='35100'>science</span> <span m='35770'>and</span> <span m='36180'>animals</span> <span m='37010'>and</span> <span m='37140'>nature.</span> 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<span m='63560'>to</span> <span m='64306'>school</span> <span m='64680'>for an</span> <span m='64890'>official</span> <span m='65650'>film</span> <span m='66370'>degree</span> <span m='66890'>really</span> <span m='67120'>helped</span> <span m='67270'>me</span> <span m='67380'>understand</span> <span m='67760'>the</span> <span m='67850'>industry,</span> <span m='68570'>and</span> <span m='69680'>how</span> <span m='70830'>you</span> <span m='71030'>work</span> <span m='71260'>your</span> <span m='71360'>way</span> <span m='71540'>through</span> <span m='71640'>that</span> <span m='71820'>system,</span> <span m='72210'>and</span> <span m='72310'>how</span> <span m='72440'>you</span> <span m='72610'>really</span> <span m='72820'>find</span> <span m='73240'>what</span> <span m='73650'>films</span> <span m='74070'>you</span> <span m='74180'>want</span> <span m='74300'>to</span> <span m='74360'>make.</span> <span m='74630'>So</span> <span m='75790'>getting</span> <span m='76090'>into 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