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#1 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 08 June 2005 - 04:14 PM

Hi,

Since I'm currently, ah, a little slack for work, I've been looking at a few courses - mainly in the area of software (I'm worryingly Avid stupid), for use when I'm wearing my "postproduction" hat, but also things like the single camera lighting stuff, since while I've done a fair amount of that, there's always more to learn.

Thing is, does a lot of two and three-day courses actually put potential employers off? If I were looking at someone's CV and it was bulked out with a lot of "Digital Camera for Single Operators" and "Practical Location Lighting for DV/Single Camera" I'd probably assume "Uhoh, this guys eems to be pretty remedial, let's not hire him."

Also: expanding one's knowledge is, on a purely personal development level, never a bad thing. But people seem to want more and more narrow specialism - while I often see a lack of knowledge of the overall process cost productions money, when people fail to see quick ways to avoid problems because they don't know how someone else works, a wide-ranging and general background seems to be positively unhelpful. I'm not suggesting that a camera client should necessarily be impressed with the fact that I also edit, but there seems to be no recognition that this is useful at all. For many people, specialising is difficult; I can't just turn down 50% of all the work I'm offered because it's not edit, or not camera, and call it being focussed.

Actor acqaintances of mine seem to spend a lot of time on personal development, often doing courses or being involved in workshops. What do we think of this sort of constant expansionism in an industry that begs for specialists?

Phil
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