I am a 22 year old with an interest in cinematography. In high school I seemed to do well in subjects such as photography, art as well as maths and computing so decided to enrol in architecture in university. I thought the combination of the creative with the technical would suit me. I lasted six months before dropping out (due to many reasons which I will leave out for now).
I think I would like to work as a cinematographer but unfortunately I live in a country where there is not much of an industry. Approximately 30 movies were made in Australia in 2008. The type of work done here doesn't really interest me and after looking at industry statistics (Screen Australia) it appears making a living here is unlikely.
I have been working entry level jobs for the last few years (in retail and at a newspaper) but was laid off last year and have been unemployed since. During this time I have been struggling with making any sort of career related decision. I read American Cinematographer every month and have studied from books recommended here (The 5 C's, Cinematography by Blain Brown). I have absorbed as much as possible. I watch and study about 5 movies a week and also have an interest in TV drama (think HBO, AMC shoes like The Sopranos, The Wire, Breaking Bad).
I'm interested in hearing from people who have moved to the US (NY, LA), europe (france, germany, italy, UK) or maybe even Asia and have managed to survive whether you are in college/university or working as a PA or whatever.
I've been looking into the costs of US colleges and it seems to average around $50k a year for international students. I unfortunately cannot afford that. I have also looked into some european and asian schools which are cheaper but have the language barrier. AFTRS is a well known film school in Australia but it is on the other side of the country from where I am. If I am going to move I might as well move to where there is work... right? There have been some well known graduates who have come from AFTRS but they seem to go overseas eventually.
I have looked into the green card (immigration for the US) and it seems next to impossible to attain.
Also I have about 10k in the bank and have no obligations whatsoever.
Maybe I should forget it all and take up a trade?
Edited by Ben Herbertson, 01 July 2010 - 11:44 PM.