Boring but interesting intro monologue
A pretty sensitive topic I should say. How to get started with Filmmaking & Photography. Dozens of new cameras roll out every several months, the market is supersaturated with new and affordable equipment. Many people are now able to break into filmmaking business without selling their organs to get some film equipment. There is still lots of surface to cover! Let’s say you get the gear, whatever the gear is, we going to cover this in the different article. What next? What is the next step you should take?!
I started my filmmaking and photography career about 7 years ago, and let me tell you it wasn’t easy! If you think it’s going to be easy way on top, you better off give up immediately and sell all your gear! Nowadays, fighting thru infinite amount of “filmmakers” and “photographers” is the biggest challenge. The market is extremely oversaturated, however, once you a pro, you are a pro! It’s not an easy route! If you haven’t watched movie The Founder, I highly recommend! Being persistent is your key! That what separates jokers from the real talent who truly passionate about their craft! Ok ok… Let me explain better!
What the hell am I talking about?! Jokers? Passion! See, the reality of the business is, that many people “think” they have amazing skills and quality, they go buy some gear, they photograph few friends, and they are ready to roll! What happens is, they obviously not getting any phone calls or real work, so after a little bit, they give up and move on to the next thing…Part of filtration comes with constant learning. Amateurs take few ridiculous pictures, their friends lie to them how amazing those pictures are, amateurs get full of themselves and think they have top quality work when in reality…you know…That is the circle that keeps going and going. What separates pros from the amateurs, that pros know how to criticise their own work, and they always strive to learn and improve more. Most amateurs will never make it in the industry, those are cold facts for you guys. You have to take a beating over and over to get there. The road to becoming a pro is hard and expensive, this is an unfortunate reality. Prices will choke you if you don’t have a solid constant income coming in. I was once an amateur as well. I thought, “oh I just buy a camera, what else do I need”…Mercedez Benz later I’m still buying and buying every week new things. Think of it as a video game, you will be leveling up, each level you will unlock new abilities and with that new gear will have to be obtained. After few levels, you will realize that your current gear sucks, and you will start over and over.
My controversial advice for all of you beginners, if you really believe that this is something you want to do for a living and really passionate about it, don’t buy cheap crap! I repeat! Never buy cheap crap! Buy only highest quality gear, do your research! What appears to be a sweet deal from eBay, in almost every case is going to be a big waste of money. Ok, enough of spooky stories! Let’s get to the point here!
Getting Started with Filmmaking & Photography
Hopefully, you’ve read my intro, if you haven’t, you should! Lot’s of good info there. So starting out…One of the most important things you should do is to find a very strong inspiration. What I mean by that, is you need to find some pro artist from the industry you trying to break in, and learn from that person. Use him or her as a strong foundation where you want to be. Watching other people work, is the best learning tool anyone can find! If you can, find some behind the scenes of that person, with the social media all over the place that should not be too difficult. Start from there!
Try to understand how that person approaches photoshoot or cinematography. Ask a question, why the light is there, or why something is this color and etc. Always ask questions! Don’t look at the pictures, just as a dummy work. Try to really understand what motivated the artist to shoot that angle or color. You will be amazed how much you can learn from few pictures!
So what next? Next step is gear! Don’t be subject to constant online marketing techniques and silly facebook groups. Most of those people don’t do any real work. Be very sober about trending cameras and other gear pieces. Look up to your artist again. Find out what he or she uses. Find out what lighting they use. Do a lot of research before jumping and getting some fancy new camera that all the YouTubers claim is amazing. Don’t forget, that most of those people get sponsored for endorsements. Also, if you still going to end up watching YouTube reviews, make sure to find out and check the actual work of whoever reviews the gear, because in 95% of the times, those people never shot anything real in their life. All they do is just review things that they have no idea about. That’s another unfortunate reality. Getting potential gear list from actual professionals is the best way of going about getting gear that will last you years!
“They have tons of money they are pros, I can’t afford that” you may say! Very true! You don’t have to buy every piece, bell, and whistle from them. Just get an idea from them! If you like what you see and can afford it buy it! Many pros actually use very regular gear. Don’t think that every photographer out there shoots with 400 megapixels Hasselblad.
Let’s fast forward. Let’s say you already got basic gear kit whatever you decided to do, now what? Well, again, look to your favorite artist. Ask your relative, friend, bf, gf or whoever may be able to model for you and try to replicate picture or two from your favorite photographer or cinematographer. Your mind will be blown away by how much understanding you will get if you will be able to replicate some photo on your own. It’s like discovering a magic formula.
Once you going to at least get the basic idea and more less decent quality shots, you can move on to asking people on Instagram or Facebook to shoot with you. There will be plenty of volunteers to choose from, however, don’t be fooled by selection. Plenty of flakes and shady people will respond. Pick the best you can, be professional! Reminder, nobody in the professional industry cares about up close pictures or videos of some ass, keep that in mind. If you going to be taking that route, forget about your career. Focus on clean professional shots, if you uncertain, look up some magazines to get an idea what real-world needs. I see a lot of Instagram photographers posting all day pictures of ass and other perverted stuff with thousands of followers, it’s all nice and all, but they don’t have real gigs going on for them. They are pretty much locked in that environment. So don’t be tempted by that. Many amateur male photographers jumping on that bandwagon, which is sad.
And finally, remember! Do the best work you can! If you not sure about posting some of the stuff you shot, it may be a better idea not to post them! Take your time editing, have an honest opinion about your work and try to critique your work accordingly. Don’t be upset if at the beginning your stuff doesn’t look good. Just keep learning, learn from the best, and always make sure to check your “teachers” actual work before you going to listen somebody teaching you or reviewing some of the gear stuff.
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