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#1 Niki Mundo

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Posted 15 April 2008 - 05:48 PM

I've decided from your guys advice not to walk up to film shoots in L.A. because it seems somewhat intrusive and callous. Instead I did an easy google search and noticed there was (7) motion picture rental companies in a two-block area of Hollywood.
Do you think I could get a P.A. job by talking to people in and around these places? What's my angle? What do camera people need?
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#2 Saul Rodgar

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Posted 15 April 2008 - 07:54 PM

I would just try to intern there, volunteer if they haven't any paid gigs if you can afford it until something opens up, or until they recommend you for a paid gig somewhere else. Just try to learn as much as possible, have a nice, positive attitude and have a blast.

That is how I started, not that I am making bank now, but it did work out for me after college and not having a clue as to what to do with myself . . .

Edited by Saul Rodgar, 15 April 2008 - 07:56 PM.

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#3 Tim O'Connor

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Posted 15 April 2008 - 10:32 PM

I've decided from your guys advice not to walk up to film shoots in L.A. because it seems somewhat intrusive and callous. Instead I did an easy google search and noticed there was (7) motion picture rental companies in a two-block area of Hollywood.
Do you think I could get a P.A. job by talking to people in and around these places? What's my angle? What do camera people need?



Just about every a.c. I know who has a career spent at least some if not a good amount of time interning
at a camera rental house. They learned a ton in exchange for working for free. Not every intern went on to a career
but it seems that every working getting paid a.c. I know was an intern.

Check your local rental houses web sites. Often they have a section about internships. People are eager to work in camera rental houses so it's hard to get a paying job in them but since you can learn so much it may well be worth it to you.

It's more possible to get a paying job loading trucks and working in the shop of a grip/electric rental house and that's okay too. Even if you make as much at Starbucks, if you want to be a filmmaker you'll learn a lot about the equipment that is used and you'll be getting a paycheck and making contacts. Often people start working in the shop and go into
grip/electric but it's a good place too for an aspiring D.P., who perhaps can't afford to do an internship, to learn about
much of the equipment that is used in addition to cameras. I think that if you're going to be a D.P. it's good to know about as much different stuff as you can.
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