February 9, 2015 at 10:42AM
Getting into/back into Film advice.
Hi guys - so this is going to be a bit of a long one, but I sincerely want your advice on this, I know there isn't a set way to do this, however advice imparted from individuals who have done a similar thing (I.E you guys) before helps, simply, so;
I started my career a few years ago now, I did a small stint with an English TV company as a clip logger for a documentary they were making (first and only paid job) and I didn't really like the environment there - couldn't and still can't place my finger on why -
I then started running for lo - no pay projects, and worked my way up that way speaking to a couple of DP's and Cam ops, and soon worked my way up to Camera Opping - after a few more times Operating on various jobs I moved onto DPing some projects - almost all of these jobs were with DSLRs (with the exception of C100 gig) and ALL were expenses only I sometimes ACed but most of the time was working as the cinematographer. After about a year of doing this I picked up my first feature film which I DPed - again DSLR - I then took a year break after this, due to personal reasons and I'm now back I've re-edited my show reel and applied for a few jobs - now I'm in a sticky situation more so than before -
I'm 25 years old, I no longer live near London (not that I was close before) but I live in North Dorset (train is a bout 2 hours from London)
I don't drive either, I'm learning however, I've only got real experience with DSLR's and using the c100 a couple of times, how, do you guys advice I go on? As I sit here and type this I keep getting hot flushes thinking What the hell will I do? But here's my overall idea right now -
I've got my self a fulltime job - use the money from this to learn to drive ASAP (a matter of months) buy a car then drop down to part time, perhaps sell my DSLR and purchase a c100 and hire myself out to people from the likes of mandy.com, other such websites and the couple of contacts I know as either an AC Or an OP, purchase a nice set of lenses too if possible (I'm fully aware of the price of what I'm looking at to purchase all of this stuff) -
The only real light at the end of the tunnel at the moment, like I mentioned was the full time job I have which will enable me to learn to drive, thus transporting myself MUCH easier than public transport, also I have a meeting with the directors of a local arts center who want me to essentially run their film department (very small village arts center, not like a big town etc) and I have a couple of scripts I could have produced with those guys provided people get interested in the film side of things - so I could also get together a small team there (pending on wether or not people would want to get involved) to have some decent short films made too to get some more stuff out there, also expanding the interest there in the local community.
My question really is does this all sounds plausible, or am I just desperately plunging into the dark and the only real way to find it is to really execute this plan? Would you guys do this any differently?
Like I've said at the start, I know there isn't really