Yup, there's no way a rocket could blast off from a flat earth to the moon.
"The Revenant" is not a revenge story?? You should go back and watch the movie again. What is the main character's driving force (other than to be in a cold area, eat bison liver and hope the academy will feel sympathy enough to give him an academy award)?? What happens if you remove the revenge element from the storyline? He gives up and dies. Let's suppose for one second this is a good movie. Then the main character would have the slightest incling (sp?) of a character arch.
His whole motivation is revenge. If there was any arch whatsoever, then the main character's journey he would have learned something about himself and how revenge wouldn't bring back his son. So if the line "your son is never coming back" (or whatever it is) then the lesson he learned would be avenging his sons death has no merit. Then (in this endings horrible setup) he lets his sons murderer go.
However, instead of setting up "story" for a payoff at the end, the director and Leo were too busy master bating each other with long pretentious shots, doing dangerous shots and other forms of visual masterbation trying to get an academy award by sympathy, not from storytelling. There was WAY more things to do with the original version of this script than Iñitarriguez's hot garbage.
I started at a camera rental house here in Los Angeles. If you work at a rental house then you will meet a lot of working AC's, ops and DP's. It will limit the number of "real jobs" you can take but you will still have weekends. Also, if you're a good prep tech and you make some contacts that know what you want to do, they might start bringing you out on jobs as a second or camera PA.
Another benefit to working at a rental house is you will get to play with a large variety of gear and get to work with some of the newest toys.
Take free jobs from time to time. A doctor does a lot of free work before he ever makes a dollar. When we do free work, it's kinda like our residency. Even though I get somewhat regular work, I still do free jobs.
If you have equipment, post it on websites like Craigslist or Sharegrid and offer yourself with it. I've seen some aspiring DP's offer full camera packages and themselves for $500 for a complete music video! Remember, all it takes is a director or 2 to like your work and you'll start working more regularly.
Hope this helps,
I didn't see "Harry and the Hendersons" on the list... maybe #101.
This is a ransom virus app. It locks you out of your computer and forces you to pay a fee to get back into it. Do I know this for a fact, no. But when you cannibalize your own industry you run that risk.
$499. What a joke. This price point comes at you from the exploited labor in China. No thanks.