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#1 Mario C. Jackson

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Posted 17 October 2005 - 10:50 AM

Hey guys I was wondering how hard is it to tap into the music video industry as a dp. Also how hard is it to get into? What do I have to do dp vidoe's for Coldplay, etc....
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#2 Max Jacoby

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Posted 17 October 2005 - 01:59 PM

Changing your name to 'Harris Savides' is probably a good first step.
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#3 Adam Frisch FSF

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Posted 17 October 2005 - 02:31 PM

The film biz is hard - too many people want part of the 'sexy' industry. It's almost liek trying to be an actor. Prepare yourself for years of agony, suffering and a steady diet of instant noodles and sleeping on friends couches. I'm not going to sugarcoat it - that's the reality. But if you can do nothing else then what's 10 years?

That said, music videos is still the best way in by far. That's were less experienced at least can get a shot at some low budget stuff. One can also go the shorts route (which is even less lucrative, if possible) and hold out for the first feature a couple of years/decades down the road. That's how pro's like David Mullen, ASC did it, I believe. It just takes dedication, passion and a certain personality.
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#4 Alvin Pingol

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Posted 18 October 2005 - 10:17 PM

That said, music videos is still the best way in by far. That's were less experienced at least can get a shot at some low budget stuff.


Plus, if you screw up, you can call it an artistic decision. ;)
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#5 John Pytlak RIP

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Posted 18 October 2005 - 10:29 PM

Some first-hand success stories:

http://www.kodak.com...d=0.1.4.5&lc=en

http://www.kodak.com...dents/onCampus/

http://www.kodak.com...iamiWkshp.jhtml

http://www.kodak.com...html?id=0.1.4.3

http://www.kodak.com...d=0.1.4.9&lc=en
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#6 Julio Ibanez

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Posted 20 October 2005 - 05:52 AM

Plus, if you screw up, you can call it an artistic decision. ;)


Amen. :D

John: Thanks for the links!

Also, does anybody know how to look up director/DP/crew credits for music videos? IMDb is kinda limited on this front unless the videos have been released in some sort of anthology.
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#7 Wendell_Greene

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Posted 20 October 2005 - 11:35 AM

Also, does anybody know how to look up director/DP/crew credits for music videos?



I recommend the Music Video Database
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#8 Mario C. Jackson

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Posted 20 October 2005 - 12:58 PM

So is music videos and commercials a good way to make a living for dp's and directors. I am not in this for the money but was just wondering what is the pay like.
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#9 Julio Ibanez

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Posted 20 October 2005 - 01:56 PM

I recommend the Music Video Database


Nice! Thanks for the link!

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