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#1 eugene aniar

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Posted 16 July 2006 - 05:48 AM

:) Hello,

I got a question. How does one starts a career as a cinematographer? Does one needs to directly apply for the position? or is it a must that one must undergo apprenticeship from others who are first in the business?

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#2 Brian Dzyak

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Posted 16 July 2006 - 08:23 AM

:) Hello,

I got a question. How does one starts a career as a cinematographer? Does one needs to directly apply for the position? or is it a must that one must undergo apprenticeship from others who are first in the business?

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Eugene



Eugene,

Unfortunately there aren't a lot of jobs available in the entertainment industry where one can simply "apply" and go to work. Working cinematographers, that is those who make enough money to make a decent living at it, generally got there after years of struggle, perseverence, and just hard work.

The best way to get a start is to simply go out and begin shooting yourself. Get an inexpensive video camera to start with and emulate what you see at the movies and what's on TV. Learn proper composition and study how light falls on Actors and in special environments. If you can't copy what you see on screen, experiment with lighting and try to figure out what the professionals did to achieve the look. A lot of the learning process is simply trial and error on your own.

Once you feel like you've got a decent handle on how to light and operate a camera, find some young filmmakers in your area and volunteer your services. They'll be more than happy to have someone "take care of" the photography for their mini-epic. Do a lot of short projects, with video and film (if possible), just to build technical and set experience.

If possible, do an internship or just volunteer to help out at a local production company. Be willing to help out with anything just so you can be close to the cameraman and observe what he does. Do the job you agreed to do, but also learn everything you can.

After all of that, when you feel like you're ready for a real career, you have two choices. The first is to begin as a Film Loader and then work your way up through the ranks. This may take several years to never until you achieve the level of Director of Photography. The upside is that you learn all about the equipment and can have a fairly decent income relatively quickly.

The other option is to just put yourself out there as a Director of Photography or Cinematographer. The upside is that you're doing it right away. The downside(s) are that you may not get much work at all and that you have to learn everything on your own.

Either way could lead to success or failure. There's just no way to tell. There are a lot of very qualified people out there who never catch that big break while others who aren't necessarily worthy manage to work on the bigger projects. All you can do is choose a path and never give up. Learn from every experience you have and apply the lessons to the next one.

Technical stuff is easy to learn. Anyone can "illuminate," but actually "lighting" people and environments is an art.

Above all, be very pleasant to work with. Anybody can learn the technical stuff, but it's always nicer to work with great people. Production days are too long to have to endure anything else.

For more on this topic, go to my website at www.whatireallywanttodo.com.

Good luck!
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Posted 22 July 2006 - 07:53 AM

Thankx Bj

I only knew few people whose works are very remarkable...

Technical stuff is easy to learn. Anyone can "illuminate," but actually "lighting" people and environments is an art. ----so true.

Thankx again!
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