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  • What should my next move be?

    Film has been my life since i was in grade 5 when i first learned about my love for it. One of my major flaws in life though was ironically paying to much attention to school and less on what i wanted to do. So during high school i did not form groups or try and meet people also interested in film. I only tried to work more towards grades.

    I did a little bit of filming using video games (its called machinima) where i made some decent things but i knew it was getting me no where in the real industry. Now i run into the problem that i don't know any local people interested in acting or anything nor can i really afford films.

    Right now im just working on improving my knowledge on sound, music, cutting, SFX and so on.

    How should i find people? Should i save up and try to get into school? How did you guys start off?

    Any sort of information, tips or ideas is really appreciated. :thumb:
    The newbie.

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    Read a book called Shot by Shot

    I took one semester of film and found this book to be the most helpful tool of all.

    I started with wedding, learning shots, and editing with FCP (2) **Im getting old**

    I had no one to teach me, it took me 9 months to learn most of the tools.

    I then saved up for a DVX-100 which back then was the hottest camera around because it could shoot in 24p (24 frames for second *progressive*)

    Your biggest hurdle is going to be $$$ and where to get it.
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    • #3
      Right now im working with Sony Vegas 8 and Adobe After Effects Cs4. Witch i am getting better at but im currently building a new computer to handle some of the things i am doing.

      Definitely going to buy that book as soon as i can.

      I have a great ability to save money but how much should i be spending on first films that are more about learning then anything.
      The newbie.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Troy View Post
        Right now im working with Sony Vegas 8 and Adobe After Effects Cs4. Witch i am getting better at but im currently building a new computer to handle some of the things i am doing.

        Definitely going to buy that book as soon as i can.

        I have a great ability to save money but how much should i be spending on first films that are more about learning then anything.
        Let me see if I still have it, I can send it to you. Let me check
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        • #5
          Shot by Shot is a great book. You will learn alot from it

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          • #6
            I haven't went to school for filming. I am 20 and finally starting to get a name for myself by doing film. If I can offer any type of advice it would be to be patient, don't let people get you down. If you want to do it. DO IT. Don't let anyone stop you. But if you don't start getting the views you want or the money you expected after 2 months or even 2 years, trust me, just keep working. Someone will see your talent.

            I started off editing Halo montages and then got into film from there, so trust me bro. I know the feeling.
            http://www.youtube.com/user/TheOnlyHavey

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            • #7
              I had the luxury of going to one of the top film schools in the country----NYU. I loved it and learned a lot there, but I also did my homework before I got there and had been making films for about 5 years before I went....so I went in with a pretty good skillset. A lot of people I met there didn't do any homework before going, which was a big surprise to me.

              Film school is a good way to figure out what you want to do in the business [camera, direct, edit, costumes, etc]. In the actual film business out here in Hollywood, you have to pick one. If you already know what field you want to work in, get a job at the bottom rung--in that field--and work your way up. My wife did that [before I met her out here] and she's now an editor at the Disney studios. She started out as my assistant in the editing room on a Hollywood movie. No film school for her--it may have been easier since she was an L.A. native, but film school would not have been necessary since she figured out she wanted to be in editing.


              There are pros and cons to both methods.


              Kurt Hathaway
              khathawayart[at]gmail.com

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              • #8
                Hey Troy, I hope you are enjoying the forum. Have you figured out what your next move is yet?
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Nick Soares View Post
                  Hey Troy, I hope you are enjoying the forum. Have you figured out what your next move is yet?
                  Love the forums. Still not entirely sure on what my next big step will be. I don't want to procrastinate for to long but once I get my computer up and running ill be able to start moving forward again.
                  The newbie.

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                  • #10
                    Ok, lets take the first few steps while you wait for you computer

                    *Currently, what do you have equipment wise? Camera, etc..?
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                    • #11
                      HD camcorder, tri-pod, Minimal lighting and editing software I guess.

                      I plan on getting more equipment like green screens, Sound recording devices and better lighting though.
                      The newbie.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Troy View Post
                        HD camcorder, tri-pod, Minimal lighting and editing software I guess.

                        I plan on getting more equipment like green screens, Sound recording devices and better lighting though.
                        Ok, then here is your first assignment... :)

                        Write out 5 pages of a script - anything you like

                        Max 2 characters

                        When your writing your 5 pages, include the shot angles you picture in your head.

                        Then film it.

                        With all my experience, I really believe that should be your next step right now.
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                        • #13
                          That sounds interesting. Ok ill give it a try the only problem is that I am a one man crew so I may be stuck with 1 character. Also im not a good actor lol.
                          The newbie.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Troy View Post
                            That sounds interesting. Ok ill give it a try the only problem is that I am a one man crew so I may be stuck with 1 character. Also im not a good actor lol.
                            Then it will be a one man show, just take the time to think of what you can do with one person, and execute it.
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                            • #15
                              Suggestion... go ahead and write the script for two and invite a buddy over. Set up the shot then forget the camera is there. Play off each other... it might loosen you up a bit. It will also give you some stuff to edit out. lol Just think Wayne's World.

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