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    I keep being told that I should go get on sets and learn how to make movies, so I thought maybe I could apply for jobs as a production sound mixer or boom operator.

    But other people in the business say not to do that, cause when you into the union to train for that, they are going to expect you invest in that as a career, instead of just using it learn to become a director, and it's a waste of investment unless I actually want be a career production sound mixer.

    So what do you think? Is it a waste of money to invest in that if I want to work my way up to director?

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    When I was at film school, I loved working as DOP, even though I wanted to be a director. Our film school was a good place to experiment with lots of different roles.. but it was much more hands-on than a lot of other Australian courses.

    Is there a particular area of filmmaking you could see yourself doing besides directing? Then it won't be time wasted if you aim for that.. you could always direct your own films on the side, whilst being on-set doing something else :)

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    Probably production audio or editing since I have more experience in those fields.

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    That would be fantastic. The big investment for audio would be gear, I'd imagine though.

    And one can learn so much about the craft and their own style through editing, so that's important!

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    Well I already have audio gear which is why I thought of it, the only thing is, is that my field recorder only has one channel to plug into though, and I didn't want to invest in another one, if I absolutely did not have to.

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    Hmm yeah that's difficult. It would probably be alright for student films, but as soon as you want lapels AND boom, then you'll run into troubles. In fact, even student films it might be a problem.

    If you sold that one and bought another with at least 2 channels you would be right, and that wouldn't cost too much of extra investment.

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    Oh okay, but why at least two channels? Are you saying they would want at least two boom operators on the set, and a channel for each boom mic? Cause usually I have just seen one boom operator on productions.

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    It's right there in the response:

    Originally posted by abstractthoughtmachine:: as soon as you want lapels AND boom, then you'll run into troubles.
    And yes, once you get past the lowest level, you will need lapels.

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    Okay thanks. Well do you think it's worth buying all this stuff if my goal is to work towards being a director and not a production sound mixer? Or is it still worth buying these things just to get my foot in the door to becoming a director?

    Or would that money better be spent on making my own movies to show? I talked to a friend and he said he thought it was worth buying the sound equipment to get experience from working under pros, rather than being my own boss on making movies. Do you think that's true?

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    I don't think it'd hurt.. the investment made on your sound gear will mean that at the very least you'll have your own sound gear already for your indie films and won't need to out-source.

    It will mean you can find paid work easier than you would as a director (probably). You'll get experience on-set.

    But. If paid work, experience on-set and owning your own gear doesn't interest you.. just go all-out and start directing your own stuff. Just enjoy the process, I say.

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    Okay thanks, but I already do have my own sound gear for my for my own indie films, but now am I told the sound recorder is not good enough cause I need more than one channel. Basically on my own, I pretty much use a boom mic only.

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    The answer is clear: if you want paid sound work, you need to buy a better sound recorder that will allow you to record lavs. If you only care about recording your own projects, and don't want/need lavs, then what you have is adequate.

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    Well I mainly want to become a director, but if getting work on set to get experience as a sound person is a way to build up to director, than I can get another field recorder, if that's the best way to get there.

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    Discussion has been taken to its logical conclusion and is now being repeated so I am closing this thread.

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