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#1 Ian Coad

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Posted 23 June 2009 - 05:59 PM

as a grad student prepping for thesis, i am without my usual 1st due to scheduling conflicts. as this will ideally be a 35 mm, anamorphic, sometimes low light and at some points long-lens-oriented show, i know that we will need to pay for the reliability of someone with experience. the problem is i don't know where to begin looking and more specifically, in a realm of people willing to accept graduate thesis level pay. any suggestions?

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#2 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 23 June 2009 - 06:03 PM

Helps to know where you're located and then perhaps some of us on here can recommend 1ACs we've worked with, and or know of good places to look/post when looking to hire a 1st.
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#3 Chris Keth

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Posted 23 June 2009 - 11:22 PM

Helps to know where you're located and then perhaps some of us on here can recommend 1ACs we've worked with, and or know of good places to look/post when looking to hire a 1st.


This would be an excellent way to start.
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#4 Ian Coad

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Posted 24 June 2009 - 05:10 AM

Apologies, perhaps this helps: Chapman University is south of LA by about 40 min in Orange, CA. However, the project is aiming to shoot in Seattle from Oct. 31 to Nov. 8, 2009.
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#5 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 24 June 2009 - 04:30 PM

Quite alright and no need to really apologize. I personally don't know anyone out on that coast to recommend but I'm certain you can find some folks on here from the area, if not you can always post on mandy/craigslist and see what you get.
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#6 Dan Salzmann

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Posted 24 June 2009 - 04:43 PM

Quite alright and no need to really apologize. I personally don't know anyone out on that coast to recommend but I'm certain you can find some folks on here from the area, if not you can always post on mandy/craigslist and see what you get.


Most camera rental facilities can supply you with the names of 1st AC's that they work with.
I would go that route before Craig's list if I could not get a recommendation from someone whose opinion I trust.
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#7 Daniel Holmes

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Posted 25 June 2009 - 08:39 PM

I am a recent film graduate and very experienced in the camera department. I would be happy to talk more with Ian about the project. I currently live in Seattle. Do you know Barbara Doyle, a teacher at Chapman? She could tell you more information about me. My email is danielholmes3@gmail.com shoot me an email and I can send you resume, reels, etc. Thanks
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#8 David Rakoczy

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Posted 26 June 2009 - 06:42 AM

Just south of Los Angeles...? I'm not sure you'll find many 1st ACs in So. Cal ! :lol:

If your inbox isn't flooded by now try Mandy.com

I am sure there are others but I wouldn't hesitate to call Chris Keth directly off this forum... I've already tried once ;)
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#9 Brad Grimmett

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Posted 28 June 2009 - 05:38 AM

I can refer you to some Seattle/Washington people if you're still looking. PM me if you need names. I'd be hesitant to hire someone off Craigslist for an anamorphic project.
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