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#1 Joshua Yap

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Posted 03 March 2015 - 11:56 AM

Dear Forum,

 

I am serious into getting a start into the cinematography business, what is the FIRST thing i should ever do?


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#2 Kenny N Suleimanagich

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Posted 03 March 2015 - 12:22 PM

The first thing I would do is avoid thinking of it as a business, and perhaps instead as an art form or science (or both). 


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#3 Ben Matthews

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Posted 03 March 2015 - 01:32 PM

Education either school (university) or self education (books) with as much practical as possible. Maybe get an old camera, DSRL are a good starting point. I agree with above too... If you think of it as a business your heading in the wrong direction. You'll have to master the art before you'll make any money, and that can take years.


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#4 Mark Kenfield

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Posted 04 March 2015 - 12:38 AM

The first thing to do (after reading a book or two to start understanding the basics) is volunteer your time to work on films, so that you can watch what a DP does and learn from the choices he makes and the solutions he comes up with.
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