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#1 Ian Coad

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Posted 12 June 2009 - 11:06 AM

at what point in a dp's career can he/she live outside of southern california, but continue to work regularly. do you have to be a roger deakins, seamus mcgarvey or darius khondji in order to do so?

with one year left in graduate film school, i am considering staying in the us vs. using my dual citizenship with britain to embark on the possibilities of dping in uk. though, if somehow eventually able, i'd ideally live in london and work out of hollywood. is this a childish dream, or could it someday be possible?

any advice and insight would be greatly appreciated.

thanks.
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#2 K Borowski

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Posted 12 June 2009 - 11:29 AM

It's certainly possible, but only for the best of the best. I'd advise to go where the work is now, and you can achieve your dream later.
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#3 David Rakoczy

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Posted 12 June 2009 - 12:16 PM

A ton of folks raise their families and live outside LA.. outside California for that matter.. and it isn't just Talent & Dps... I know many successful Grips, Electricians and ACs who do the same. The money they do make in Hollywood goes further in other many States. You just need a crash pad and transportation when in LA.....
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#4 Jim Keller

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Posted 12 June 2009 - 12:33 PM

It's extremely challenging, especially early in your career. An awful lot of jobs come up very last-minute. You may be able to get yourself down from Fresno, but getting yourself in from Europe in time to take an interview/accept a job is back-breaking (especially since not all those interviews will turn into work). From a producer's point-of-view, why would you be hired when there's someone just as desirable right down the street, who isn't at the mercy of transportation infrastructure?

If you're going to do this, my advice is simple: DON'T BROADCAST IT. Get a cell phone with a Southern California area code, and a Southern California mailing address. You can have two sets of addresses and phone numbers on your business cards and folks will assume you're primarily in the one where they're talking to you, but they're very unlikely to even try to contact someone who appears to be from out of town unless it's someone who's work is really THAT good.
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#5 David Rakoczy

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Posted 12 June 2009 - 12:40 PM

DON'T BROADCAST IT. Get a cell phone with a Southern California area code, and a Southern California mailing address.


Great point!!!!! I still have my (818) phone number and I have lived in Florida for seven years.
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#6 K Borowski

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Posted 12 June 2009 - 12:41 PM

DON'T BROADCAST IT.


Unfortunately, he just did by posting it on the internet next to his real name, not that everyone looks, but still. . .
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Posted 12 June 2009 - 01:00 PM

Unfortunately, he just did by posting it on the internet next to his real name, not that everyone looks, but still. . .


Fair enough. But if I'm digging that deeply into his background during my hiring check, I'm going to find out anyway. ;p
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#8 Bruce Taylor

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Posted 12 June 2009 - 02:22 PM

But why would you not want to live in LA? It's Paradise!
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#9 timHealy

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Posted 14 June 2009 - 09:14 PM

But why would you not want to live in LA? It's Paradise!


earthquakes, floods, fires, riots, incessant traffic, smog, and bars close way too early.

not for me.

best

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#10 Saul Rodgar

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Posted 15 June 2009 - 12:32 AM

If one has an agent in LA and / or personally knows those who hire for film jobs _preferably in addition to the LA-area phone # and address_ then there is no need to live in LA. Conversely, one can be in LA and not know who hires for film jobs and effectively be S.O.L. ;)

Edited by Saul Rodgar, 15 June 2009 - 12:35 AM.

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#11 Richard Boddington

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Posted 15 June 2009 - 01:11 AM

I certainly know a lot of people that work in features & don't live in LA.

If you want to DOP series TV, I think it would be tough to do a long way from LA.

I was in LA two months ago and the prices of houses have dropped to record lows. So if you want in, now is the time to buy!!

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