Hi, everyone! I am new here at Cinematography.com and I'm happy to have finally found a place where I can meet fellow amateur and professional DP's!
To make my story short as possible, I graduated from Tufts University and The School of Museum of Fine Arts (located in Boston) in 2008. My art school didn't have an impressive film and photography department, but I learned what I could...Mostly worked with 8mm film, crappy 1-chip mini DV cameras, analog still-photography (both color and b&w), and plenty of Final Cut Pro. We had virtually NO good/new equipment at school. Almost all of the newer equipment were either stolen, broken or hogged by grad students...But I made the best out of the stuff they did have and I learned to do so much on my own. While it was a good thing that I became adept at creating my own home-made lights, and putting weird little contraptions on my camera to create the image I wanted, I had no knowledge of how to operate higher-end, professional cameras, and I didn't know how to do lighting professionally.
So the summer before my senior year at college and up until this past summer, I interned/PA-ed at HSI Productions in Culver City and Indie Rental (a camera house) in Hollywood. As useful as it was to PA in commercial and music video production, I didn't get to work on set as much as I had liked and Indie Rentals didn't give me ANY work to do...I literally had to beg someone everyday to do something. Usually ended up being a super menial task too. Thus, I didn't get to learn more about cinematography from either internships.
So here's my situation: I have found a program where I can become an apprentice to a cinematographer. I met face to face with the guy who I will probably be apprenticing for, his name is Matthias Koenigswieser, and he's pretty awesome. However, the program costs $7,000, which lasts for one year, and one extra year for help with job placements. The program people may help me fly out to out-of-state shoots too.
The other option is an opportunity to possibly work for Pat Derrin (who is a longtime of my neighbor's), but I haven't met him face to face yet and I think he isn't working as constantly as Matthias is...But if that were to work out, I wouldn't have to pay anything.
I have no idea which path to take!! It's a risk either way, but in the end what I ONLY want to do is to learn cinematography and strike out on my own eventually. I just need to learn the ropes, and from there, it'll all be up to me. I believe that I have the creative capacity, motivation and dedication. Plus, I think we seriously need more female DPs anyway!
Is it better for me to choose a pretty legit program, where I know I would receive training for sure, or go work for someone pretty well-known DP but who may not be working as much?? Or do both perhaps? Any advice will help.
- Naomi Digby
Need some advice about which way to go!!
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