Hi gang. I've been pondering something for quite a while now and wanted to get some valued input.
I've always seen myself as more of a writer/director type, but I have also ALWAYS loved how film is all about visual storytelling - something I tried to reinforce in my students when I was a teaching assistant. I've always had my hands on the camera, but it has only been recently that I've found myself truly enjoying lighting. So I want to start lensing other people's projects so that I can really develop whatever craft (if any!...lol) I may have.
I've got one thesis project coming down the pipe through a connection at my former grad school. So that's all well and good. I also have a decent amount of gear (MOS camera, ARRI lighting kit, grip equipment, 16mm editing facilities, etc.) which I've been advertising around the campus to try to stir people up into 1) shooting film and 2) shooting it with me so that I can get a reel going.
I have a full-time job, so I can afford to start out doing some gigs for low/no-pay. So my question is this...
What are some other ways to build a reel and publicize yourself? Is it completely unprofessional to shoot something yourself simply with the intention of putting it on your reel when it is not attached to a project?
ANY advice that you think might be of assistance would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks a lot!