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#1 Munesh Varadaraju

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 12:12 AM

Happy holidays to all! I'm a TVC Producer from Singapore and about to embark on a new challenge. I would like to pursue my passion of cinematography. I do not have any fundamentals on it and was wondering if I should join film school. I was looking at the 1 year Conservatory in Cinematography offered by NYFA. Link below;

http://www.nyfa.edu/...chool/1year.php

What do you guys think? Is it a good idea to join a short course like this to learn the fundamentals or try and intern/understudy a DOP here? I spoke to a DOP here and he suggests I study and try and get into the camera department at the same time. Would NY offer work during my free time at school?

Need your thoughts, guys. Thanks.
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#2 Marcus Joseph

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 08:51 AM

If you have no camera experience, then probably try both because it'll be a little tricky to convince a camera crew to pick you up for work completely fresh, even with education it's still very difficult.

I wouldn't recommend a long course or university either because it's not really worth it, I recommend something that'll get you doing a few projects, meet a few people and learn a few things which shouldn't cost an awful lot either if you look around for the right course.

Anyway best of luck with it.
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