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#1 reece bowker

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Posted 04 February 2012 - 07:31 AM

hey guys, just wanted to know Is cinematography good paying ? what are the averages, lowest and the highest earnings.

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Posted 04 February 2012 - 09:02 AM

I'm pretty sure someone will say this, if it's a matter of pay, it's not worth getting into. Cause at the very bottom it's extremely little and you can often find yourself working for nothing at all. Most jobs in the camera department on big movies can pay a lot more than a low-budget cinematographer. With saying that, the pay is constantly volatile, it will completely vary based on how experienced you are. It can go from virtually nothing at all, to a hell of a lot on both commercials and feature films.

Of course it can be good paying, if you weigh up the career of someone who has done a lot of highly esteemed work, or big blockbusters or has an Oscar under their belt, they would be living themselves a pretty comfortable lifestyle with many offers to keep themselves in work. But getting to that level is completely based on all sorts of variables, like chance, networking and genuine talent. And it's almost a given that most of those people weren't making good money straight into it.

To get into this business and say this will be your career and all of those things will fire off for you and you will be paid this much is a huge risk. It most definitely isn't something as straightforward as getting a degree in a typical job and landing yourself in an office somewhere, which isn't even a definite thing anymore in this economy.

So in saying that, it isn't worth getting fixated on wages and fees, rather than just trying your best and knowing that you're doing what you love. It is more than likely to not play out the way most intend, even for those that possess genuine talent.

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#3 mo samra

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Posted 04 February 2012 - 03:30 PM

I'm pretty sure someone will say this, if it's a matter of pay, it's not worth getting into. Cause at the very bottom it's extremely little and you can often find yourself working for nothing at all. Most jobs in the camera department on big movies can pay a lot more than a low-budget cinematographer. With saying that, the pay is constantly volatile, it will completely vary based on how experienced you are. It can go from virtually nothing at all, to a hell of a lot on both commercials and feature films.

Of course it can be good paying, if you weigh up the career of someone who has done a lot of highly esteemed work, or big blockbusters or has an Oscar under their belt, they would be living themselves a pretty comfortable lifestyle with many offers to keep themselves in work. But getting to that level is completely based on all sorts of variables, like chance, networking and genuine talent. And it's almost a given that most of those people weren't making good money straight into it.

To get into this business and say this will be your career and all of those things will fire off for you and you will be paid this much is a huge risk. It most definitely isn't something as straightforward as getting a degree in a typical job and landing yourself in an office somewhere, which isn't even a definite thing anymore in this economy.

So in saying that, it isn't worth getting fixated on wages and fees, rather than just trying your best and knowing that you're doing what you love. It is more than likely to not play out the way most intend, even for those that possess genuine talent.



well, that about sums it up.

well done response.
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#4 reece bowker

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Posted 04 February 2012 - 06:24 PM

thanks, for your response it has helped a lot
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Posted 06 February 2012 - 04:30 PM

Strive for excellence, the pay will take care of itself.
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#6 Ted Marcus

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Posted 15 February 2012 - 02:09 PM

Yeah that just about sums it up. Goes with almost anything within the film/music arena. Best of luck though. Getting paid huge amounts is gratifying when you've worked hard to get there.
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