Yes, this is the year they lost the market and Sony got it with FS7.
Maybe this is very limited to LA only, where tons of possible experience can be gained all around.
Cause in Europe or Asia as I'm based here, this is more 90/10.
The fact that there is less team and so job makes competition way harder and free time is not spend on helping creating. You need to survive and any day spend on 0 could be seen as a loss.
I just wanted to warn potential reader thinking; "Look, he did it, so can I"
This is not so easy. You are super lucky to get a way to survive with 0 income and also, surely have skills that other don't have. This is clearly not for everyone.
Yes, it pays at the end for you. I can see hundreds of failure around me after destroying the market the are sitting on; hoping to get in the train of success by selling themselves with super low price.
After 2 or 3 years doing all for free... they are just packing their luggage and leaving the country.
Client are also starting to be aware that creativity is not everything and you also need to have basic knowledge coming from school.
On the opposite side, (my side), these clients start to question a bit your team background before hiring you. After 3 horror movies, one teaser for shoes, 3 fashion show... Do you think you will convince a bank to get they APAC manager on screen?
Happy for you, I clearly don't see this as a norm for the rest of the world.
The main question is more:
can you jump the queue by following the classic way.?
Go to school get skills and meet easly people with same passion to build your crew and get all basic knowledge by people who teach them to you.
Learning by mistake is harder and longer.
I value your experience but as a director myself hiring crew, I can see people who have dedicated them to learn and these who think they know because they did plenty of 0 dollars paid features.
Most of the people who are making big money went to film school. Learning with the talented one. Luck is possible, but many will fail dreaming.
You can still doing it the way you describe, but the road is super long and painful.
The jello effect on a simple video, as displayed here, Just pan and tilt is jaw dropping for sure.
Cause it's not accurate.
the angle you turn will not be exactly the same depending also on your speed.
Usually, you will try to get past the focus and go back to let a bit of room on your subject. with drive by wire as implemented on Sony lens for example, it's just a nightmare to use.
And, of course, all follow focus system will not work too.