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What Directors NEED to know about DP’s & what DP’s NEED to know about Directors !

9 Nov

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Whether you’re working on a big budget movie, a TV documentary or a low budget independent film, one thing is for sure – everyone on the crew will be giving 100 percent to make that production as outstanding as it can be… so guys, good is NOT good enough! Working towards that common cause is a keystone value of every single crew member from Runners to Directors and Producers. It’s a pride thing!

Often striving for that elusive level of perfection can create a lot of friction between people, especially when the pressure’s on.

Over the years I’ve seen many conflicts between crew members, especially when an individual’s professionalism is criticized or threatened… it’s not an ego thing, it’s just pride in doing what you do.

It’s a funny thing though, one minute we’re happily working to the best of our ability, producing work we’re proud of, then all of a sudden something horrible happens, someone (usually working in a superior position to you) comes along and rattles your cage.

Oh Dear…Mr Kubrick isn’t a Happy Bunny today!!! Courtesy tvtropes.org

It may be that they’re getting it in the neck from some big cheese Producer; for example your film is running over schedule (a classic one!) so the Producer kicks the Director’s butt and now that Director’s going to kick yours! You’re told that ‘you’re taking too long and time is running out and the budget’s running low and Blar, Blar, Blar!!!’ Now you think your professionalism is being compromised. ‘What’s this all about?’ you mutter under your breath, you may even utter an expletive or two… who knows! You may even get all protective and openly retaliate. Suddenly BOOM! You’ve got a conflict of interest on your hands that can escalate into a full stand up argument. It happens in Wardrobe, in Make-Up, in the Camera and Sound Departments… you name it. So if this happens and you’re a Director or Producer relying on the crew’s talent to give you the very best they can… now there’re all upset and boy, you’ve got a problem!

One of the main ‘Hot Spots’ can be the relationship between the Director and the Director of Photography. So before you embark on your beloved film production, here are a few tips that can make that relationship a blissful marriage rather than ‘The Clash of the Titans’! I would also advise Directors to read the tips for the DPs and vice versa, understanding each other is key to your success to being an ‘Effective Team!’ (As they say in Oblivion – great movie BTW!) So…

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How To Get a Job in Film & TV – Who To Contact + Film School or Not?

5 Feb

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Hello and welcome back, in the last two blog posts I talked about the Importance of Specialisation, and How to Create a Compelling Future that will drive you and keep you focused. Today I’m going to talk specifically about the key people to approach in the industry and discuss the pros and cons of going to film school, university or Media College to get a qualification vs. just going out there and getting experience. More importantly I’m going to tell you exactly how all this is viewed by professionals inside the industry. So first up…

Targeting The Right Industry People When Looking For Work

filmschool_thumbApproaching the right people and letting them know you are out there, is vital to your success. Below is a list of the main people you should attempt to contact/target. These people hire and fire crew and Production staff; they are the decision makers.

However, if you are fortunate enough to know someone on the ‘inside’ of the industry who doesn’t fall into this category, then by all means approach them; they may well be able to pull a few strings. In fact if you do know someone like this, you shouldn’t even be reading this right now, you should already be working in the industry! For the less fortunate, read on! Continue reading