Owner, Road Not Taken Films
Now working independently under the moniker "Road Not Taken Films", I have previously worked for GoPro, Amazon, Dolby, and have directed a documentary "Reaching for the Andes" about mountaineering in Peru.
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Article Comment – What City Do You Need To Be in To Pursue a Career in Filmmaking? 3 years ago
ARTICLE POST 10 months ago
Some thoughts and perspective on working outside of NYC and LA:
I've worked in Memphis, Denver, San Francisco, Seattle, and am currently working completely remote in Chile for the time being. I mostly do post, but occasionally tackle a production which always involves travel, since most of my work is adventure/outdoors.
The most important thing I'll say is that working in video and film is possible from anywhere. Ambitious, creative people are in all cities, states, counties and countries, but it takes you and your ability to self-identify in a certain area to offer yourself in a role in order to be successful. "I want to make films" is less tangible than "I'm an editor, how can I help."
If you want to work day rates for agencies and production houses, they generally want you physically there. You'll do their bidding on their schedule. It's a challenge to get them to convert that work into remote work without an incredibly stable relationship and workflow, although it is possible. A hard drive will most likely have to be mailed.
Obviously human interaction is always best, but there exist a number of tools nowadays that do make remote post-production work not just possible, but comfortable for all parties. Not all clients need to be present for the post process, and not all editors work successfully with clients there. Frame.io and Vimeo review provide a great place to communicate thoughts and ideas with clarity and a paper trail. Many times, more than that actually complicates a project rather than helps.
I think the best answer is to live in the city that either provides you with comfortable work for the specialization that you're looking for or, if your specialization can be done remotely, create connections with business owners and creatives wherever you are and get cranking.