April 18, 2018 at 11:55AM


Finding NYC directors and DP's


I'm a NYC actor/writer. I've finished writing a short film that I'm submitting for an upcoming $30,000 grant competition. I'm wondering your advice on finding a director? Outside of past directors I've worked with, is there a popular online community where I can engage with local filmmakers? Obviously going to festivals and networking, but wondering if there are better options.

Specifically trying to find someone with similar interests and aesthetics closer to the look of mr. Robot.


Hi Ryan- I am always interested in shooting, am NYC based and always interested in hearing how I can help.

April 22, 2018 at 5:51PM

Daniel Bowhers
Visual Effects Artist & Colorist

Hey Ryan. I am not sure the best way to find directors and DP's without going to an agency who basically will issue them out for a project (I know that's how some commercials are done). That is obviously very expensive. The best way might just be through personal connections. Going through any sort of business will cost most if not all of your budget. Film forums are a good bet (such as here) but I've never found them to be helpful. Lastly, I know a lot of people simply go to Craigslist. I don't personally trust it as I wouldn't want to someone to helm my film who I didn't really know or trust and there are a lot of suspect people on that site (although I've heard it is great for finding smaller crew roles).

Additionally, I would like to mention that I am a small time director based in NYC and also an aspiring DP. I will be shooting and directing my own short film soon in fact! Let me know if you'd like to link up!

May 1, 2018 at 7:38AM


Theres alot of us.

Im a director who is usually attached to a DoP Ive worked with alot. Let me know if you need any help on the project.

May 1, 2018 at 6:45PM

Chris Hackett
Director, Director of Photography, Writer

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