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#1 Chelsea North

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Posted 10 December 2014 - 05:10 PM

Hello everyone,

I am a film student with a passion for Cinematography and I came to this forum to learn and better expand my knowledge so I can get better and better and be the best that I can be for this amazing industry. 

I have completed Year 1 which involved me taking Cinematography, Data Management, Image Enhancement, Directing, Screenwriting, Producing, Animation, Sound Design and Visual Effects. What I have been invited back for is Cinematography (along with Data & Image) and I am sure as hell going to take it as it is an honour to be accepted into it in my film school because it is so competitive in my school. Not only that, but Cine is my passion and I want to follow it. 

This is where I come to ask the questions though. How do I stay on top of my game? What can I do to constantly improve my skills. What can I do to really wow my film school and yet still learn from every experience. I want to be the best. I am going to fight to be the best. 

Also, for next year I will be doing Gaffer, Spark and camera operation and needs items for a belt(as well as a belt). What is the absolute best thing as a student to have on that belt(this being with the intent that I will go on to be a cine later in life as well so may as well start building now.)

Also, The camera I will be working with next year is a Nikon D800(as far as I know). 

Please, any tips and tricks anyone knows, don't be afraid to tell me. If you must by messenger then please go ahead! I love meeting new people and making new contacts around the world. :) 

I thank everyone here for this opportunity as well as for everyone's time and patience. 

Kind Regards,
Chelsea North


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#2 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 10 December 2014 - 05:34 PM

It's not one thing you can do to be better, there are dozens of things -- I think it has to be a process of academic study (including watching movies and studying art) and then the practical application of things you've learned -- theory and practice -- and then critically reviewing what you've done and spending a little time now and then to absorb what you have learned: activity and reflection.  Then repeat over and over until you retire.

 

It's that simple...  :blink:


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#3 Chris Millar

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Posted 11 December 2014 - 05:14 PM

I'm finishing off study in a related field - related in my mind at least - one thing that learned and feel better for it is that academics aren't 'all that'. But unfortunately the environment they're in can perpetuate an air of superiority.

 

Maybe it's not your personality but you could also try 'critically reviewing what the teachers have done', especially since your fees have been paying their wages all this time. Once you approach it like a business decision and then go about the business of learning, with expectations of reciprocation - i.e. money in, work/help/learning out - then you're on an level playing field and all the much better for it.

 

I'm not saying disrespect your teachers, but relate to them with professional courtesy as you would anyone you're working with on set. It's true some teachers at least in my case don't like it at all (2 of them), but if you're playing level then it's them who need to adjust :)

 

Maybe this doesn't relate to you, but in the case it does - try it out :)


Edited by Chris Millar, 11 December 2014 - 05:15 PM.

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#4 Bill DiPietra

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Posted 11 December 2014 - 05:47 PM

Welcome, Chelsea!


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