Film CriticJob Description:
Film critics analyse films and produce reviews and articles for newspapers, magazines, radio, TV, social media channels and websites.Job Category:
What you will do:
In this role you could:
- watch films of all genres, often several times
- make notes about scripts, music, storylines and influences
- look at technical details like camera angles, lighting and editing
- submit reviews by strict deadlines
- build up contacts with film-makers, agents and distributors
- attend film festivals, talks, previews and press conferences
- interview film-makers, actors and production staff
- research archival information about films and film-makers
- keep up to date with critical theories
- knowledge of English language
- knowledge of media production and communication
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
As well as:
- the ability to critically analyse information
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
- excellent written and verbal communication skills
- ambition and a desire to succeed (drive)
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- short training courses
You can do a foundation degree, degree or postgraduate qualification in:
- film studies
- creative writing
- film and television
Courses like these will help you to develop the analysis and writing skills you’ll need as a film critic.
You could do a college course, which would teach you some of the skills and knowledge you’ll need for this job. Relevant courses include:
- Film Studies (in the UK, A Level)
- Diploma in Journalism (in the UK, Level 3)
You can work towards this role by starting with a higher apprenticeship like a junior journalist or a senior journalist, before specialising in film reviewing and criticism.
Competition for jobs is strong, and you’ll need to show you’ve got writing experience. You’ll find it useful to keep examples of your published work in a portfolio.
To develop your experience and reputation you can:
- write for student and local newspapers
- create your own blog and build an online presence on social media
- submit articles to online film review channels and websites
- post video reviews online and produce podcasts
You may be able to do short courses, which could help you to develop your critical writing skills, as well as expand your knowledge of film and different genres.
Short courses are offered by some colleges, adult education centres, university film departments. and film organisations online.
- film criticism
- history of cinema
- creative writing
- journalism skills
- cinema from other countries
It’s important to develop your own critical writing style and build up a good reputation to establish yourself as a film critic.
Working Hours and Environment:
You could work at events, at a venue, from home or in an office.
Career Path & Progression:
As an established film critic, you could combine your job with writing books on film, editing, or teaching criticism on film courses. You could also work in film archives.