Total agree...and I'm gonna luv seeing RED lose their shirt if they don't drop prices with the growing market's competition...and luv seeing Hollywood unable to stop the growing success of indie filmers -- especially writer-directors like myself...who've taken the time to learn more about the tech side -- going to the global auds via different routes of distribution. No more jumping thru bullshit to get a standard industry manager, agent who don't believe in you or your own style-voice -- it's totally up to the auds...and when they're global? they're fucking-a everywhere. Just keep your budget low...use your own coin...if it take you shooting wkds only for a year while you're working a full time job to bring in the coin? So be it. There's sooooo much content everywhere now -- good and bad -- to learn from.
PICKED up a BMCC 2.5 k from a director client I did a script rewrite for (not more than 3 days of work...ez)...it sat on his shelf boxed up for about 8 years. Less than 10 hours of use on it. Internal battery was left on and therefore shot...finally able to track down a brand new replacement internal battery BMD actually had unsold in their warehouse for years!! getting it in a few days. Looking at the newest 6k Z Cam...BMD ursa mini 4.6 k gpro...and probably this KOMODO...decide on which one to buy this December...have a decent large set of old manual lenses -- Nikon, Canon and some 3rd party ones...will pick up some lens mounts...have my own light kits and researching sound equipment this summer...have both FCp and Davinci fore diting and color grading...I'll be ready to rock and roll with my own indie production company after 1st of year...two docs in pre production I can shoot on my own...a few low budget indie thriller horror and crime scripts waiting...and a tv pilot in the outline stages. It was worth sitting on the fence the past 2 years..watching tech changes in our digital world...writing-rewriting...advancing my editing skills with educational media projects at work for a state agency where I stash my cash from...and leaving dirt cheap to keep saving my cash. simply cannot wait!!
CANNOT READ THIS at all...the word is too blurry as a JPEG.
No...it's not because I'm old.
What're everyone opening and reading it as?
Went through same bullshit after I got after getting out of Grad Film School at UCLA -- many wannabee filmmakers had the family money to buy their one equipment; shoot their own indie features...and majority of their work is shitty...absolutely shitty. It proves to me over and over -- talent and a work ethic of great personal sacrifice to succeed in your dreams is -- NOT -- about having the coin.
It's about the talent...natural and/or educated...depending on what you're lacking.
It's even more about the work ethic capable of great personal sacrifice.
You can tell a lot of the times -- watching much content now...there's no seriousness taking on studying the history of the trade of and craft -- long before one brags about being artistic -- screenwriting...acting...let alone editing cinematography and directing.
In my 4 year MFA UCLA grad film school class of 13...we had over 3000 applicants from around the world...I had to take out student loans...and still work 2 part-time jobs on campus in the lighting equipment room...and working construction off campus.
I lived as cheap as possible in an off campus dorm...had no wheels...only public transportation...which really cut down on networking-career chasing opps. in the business.
What it did for me?
Forced me to really bury myself into studying harder than anyone else in my MFA class -- wrote 12 feature screenplays...shot 3 short films -- 60 percent more than required for my MFA -- took even more classes in editing, directing and producing than required.
I knew I had 4 years in one of the top 3 graduate film schools in the entire world.
Had to make every moment count as if it was my last.
When you have money...availability to financial and / or tech-equipment...location resources in filmmaking at any notice -- you have less of a hunger drive to get past your competitors...let alone, succeed.
We are seeing that now...with so much content available everywhere.
I truly love the advancement of technology in the business...making what normally would be -- 5 years ago -- in filmmaking...a 100,000.00 budget easily reachable at 50 k now for me...and still make it look like it was shot for over 200,000.00
But at the end of the day...it's about the work...and respect for the trade and craft of filmmaking...and not about how much money you have to buy all the bells and whistles.