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#1 Ryan Andrzejewski

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Posted 19 November 2008 - 01:16 PM

Hello,
My small crew of budding filmmakers is looking for a DP who has a camera that would be willing to work with us for demo. Does this type of thing happen? If we were paying for stock, processing and transfer...and food, would a DP take that kind of trade? Any information on how this works and where to look (if not here) would be appreciated.
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#2 Dan Salzmann

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Posted 19 November 2008 - 02:48 PM

Film schools, rental houses, film making clubs and collectives, word of mouth, take notes at local independent film festivals, scour kung-fu academies...
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#3 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 19 November 2008 - 04:23 PM

I think it also depends on the DP and how much s/he likes the project and can play around. I've done free shoots before because they were brief, I had nothing else going on, and the project in some way appealed to me/allowed me to do something i'd've not been able to've done before, or it was a favor to a friend who I know and respect as a filmmaker.
Other times I've happily worked on student projects for as little as possible-- my mantra always being so long as I can make rent, well then that's all I need worry about. It all depends on the situation and as Dan mentioned, the gathering spots of other up and comers is a great place to look.
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#4 Ira Ratner

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Posted 19 November 2008 - 04:37 PM

Ryan, where do you live?

You should go configure your About Me/Profile page so it shows up in your avatar when you post. That might help you get some bites or info from members here in that area.

What kind of project(s) are you looking to do? Indie film?
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#5 Ryan Andrzejewski

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Posted 19 November 2008 - 05:41 PM

Ryan, where do you live?

You should go configure your About Me/Profile page so it shows up in your avatar when you post. That might help you get some bites or info from members here in that area.

What kind of project(s) are you looking to do? Indie film?

Thanks for the advice...
I'm in San Diego and we're launching a series of short films through the first half of 09. Sag Indie's.
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#6 Jamie Metzger

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Posted 19 November 2008 - 07:46 PM

This place is always a good start Try craigslist as well.
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#7 Chris Keth

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Posted 19 November 2008 - 11:36 PM

I'd be interested in that kind of arrangement. I'm in LA.
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#8 Ryan Andrzejewski

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Posted 20 November 2008 - 12:40 AM

Thank you, Chris. I'll be contacting you.

Edited by Ryan Andrzejewski, 20 November 2008 - 12:42 AM.

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#9 Rob Vogt

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Posted 20 November 2008 - 07:14 AM

Also www.mandy.com is really helpful. Dunno if you'll get a lot of takers for free on that site but its worth a shot.
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