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#1 Manish Alimchandani

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Posted 15 March 2007 - 08:53 PM

Hello,

I completed a three year Cinematography course from the Film and Television Institute of India this January, and I moved in with my brother in New York a month ago. Looking for work but not having any luck. I?ve applied to all the camera rental places, checking mandy.com, craigslist.org, and the Tisch Talent Group daily. If you can provide any advice on how to get started it would be great, such as what is a good way to make contacts. I would ideally like to start off by assisting a Cinematographer.

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Manish
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#2 Jason Maeda

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Posted 15 March 2007 - 09:03 PM

Manish,

My humble advice is for you to start at the absolute bottom, probably in a rental house, and maybe as an unpaid intern. If you are tireless and punctual, keep your mouth shut and your eyes and ears open you will probably do fine. If they don't want you at first don't be afraid to drop by every couple weeks (with a box of dognuts? don't laugh...that poop works) and remind them that youre interested. just dont ask them lots of questions or show them your reel or something: they dont care.

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