ICG Article about my AFI thesis film
Posted 06 December 2011 - 12:23 AM
An article was published today on ICG's website about me and my experiences at AFI (cinematography) and my thesis film which won the Gold Student Academy Award this year. People have different things to say about their time at AFI and its different for everyone but, my experience was really great and the things that are happening for me because of AFI would at the very least have taken a lot longer. There are technical details about the film as well.
Here is a link to the trailer
If anyone has any questions about the film or AFI feel free to ask. I'd be happy to answer.
Posted 06 December 2011 - 01:18 AM
How have things been going after finishing school?
Posted 06 December 2011 - 12:28 PM
Posted 07 December 2011 - 03:57 PM
Here is a music video that I shot recently. Nothing groundbreaking but.. itll give you an idea.
As for my thesis film it has been serving the director and I well post AFI. He is directing episode 15 of HOUSE this season and we should hear this week if the film is shortlisted for the OSCAR live-action shorts.
Posted 07 December 2011 - 08:54 PM
Edited by Gregory Earls, 07 December 2011 - 08:58 PM.
Posted 10 December 2011 - 03:44 PM
my dream is to go to AFI for cinematography. how was your expereiences there? is it worth 60grand a year? and does that school help you start your career after you graduate?
thanks, im sorry im off topic im just very interested.
Posted 11 December 2011 - 04:42 PM
The opportunities and people I met is the best thing I got out of AFI. I certainly learned a lot about myself (how I want to work) and the process of how to think about and apply a visual style that enhances material you will be shooting. As for technical things, you will learn by doing but if your looking for someone to teach you "how to light" that wont really happen. You learn from your fellows and by working nonstop on each others films the first year. Most fellows come out of camera or grip/elec departments and some are really experienced and can teach you.
All that said, it is a lot of money and I will be paying that back for a while. I moved to LA for AFI and in a many ways it made the transition much easier than coming here cold turkey. I was never going to become a DP in Philadelphia where I moved from and I knew that. There is no one to learn from there and the culture of filmmaking doesn't really exist. You're a big fish in a small pond there. Outside LA, I couldn't go to watch a screening of Tree of Life and hear Lubezki speak about it. I couldn't visit the ASC or ICG or have access to successful DP's, new equipment, so on and so on. Also there weren't enough opportunities for the scale I wanted to exist within in Philadelphia. Every movie above 500k 3/4 of the time had a DP from LA and the rest of the time from NYC or another country. My experience was as an electric so I had a base for lighting already entering AFI.
I still have lots to learn and always will, but AFI gave me the confidence to speak as a cinematographer.
Hope this helps, feel free to ask anything.
Posted 12 December 2011 - 07:10 PM