September 20, 2015 at 1:21PM
Finding Legitimate DP Work
So I just recently graduated from film school and have been doing some freelance DP work over the summer and have been submitting my resume and reel to tons of job postings on sites like Mandy and filmmaker groups on Facebook. While I have been offered quite a few jobs and shot 3 short films this past August, I find more often than not that most of these productions are never really legitimate. Most of the time the crew will usually just be me and the director, no producer or other crew on board. Very rarely will they let me have at least an AC, but usually won't want to pay them. Other times, people try to take advantage of me, like the most recent project I've been working on, the director wanted to lower my day rate, even after lowering it once, settled it, and are two weeks into preproduction. I'm not even sure if I'm even on this project anymore because the director hasn't responded to my last email in the past couple of days. Is this how it is for most DPs? Am I just looking for work in the wrong places? How does everybody else find real work? Maybe I'm just being impatient, I don't know haha. What is everybody else's thoughts on this?