How to get gigs when first starting out?
Posted 11 March 2011 - 08:34 PM
Posted 14 March 2011 - 08:31 AM
What am I filming?. I'm just filing everything i can at present! Local interest places, small free events etc. An then filling my YouTube channel. That's my advert/ showreel...
It takes time unfortunately, but then you already knew that!
Posted 14 March 2011 - 11:04 AM
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Posted 14 March 2011 - 11:46 AM
So the "trick" is to work on as many things as you can and meet as many people as you can in hopes that at least one of them will "hit." There's no way to know who or what will be "the one." You just keep at it.
A key element in being able to do that is to keep your financial overhead low so that you are free to do ANYTHING that comes along that seems promising. So many working DPs began shooting low-budget/no-budget movies and managed to shoot one that just happened to get an award or get noticed somehow. It's the luck of the draw really. Some very talented people never "make it" while some mediocre DPs do. All you can do is just keep at it, keep your enthusiasm up, and persevere.
Posted 24 March 2011 - 06:14 PM
By that I mean don't just look for the ads on Craigslist and Mandy.com that are hiring DP's. Also look at the ones looking for writers or actors for a table read. Try to have a face to face with the producer or director before the major hiring starts. Talk about the "look" they want and whatnot. If you guys are on the same page, chances are they will call you when the time comes.
As Austin mentioned, Film Schools are a great resource. Go meet all the new directors, once you establish a working relationship with a director who is actually making anything things will start to move along.