Working with other filmmakers

Filmmakers predominantly is a collaborative job and I love that it is, you’re always going to meet nice, interesting and like minded people. Unfortunately you’re also going to meet arseholes, thats kind of just life though.

Dealing with people you don’t get on with on a shoot is a bit of a nightmare sometimes, sometimes you just want to tell them to politely remove there head from inside themselves but you can’t and really it would be unprofessional to do so.

My advice for working with people you don’t get on with is well just get on with it. It sounds like awful advice but really what else is there to do. Do you go talk to someone higher up and moan, no because firstly that person is going to think it highly unprofessional and this will hurt a few ego’s here but maybe its you who is the problem. The important thing is to stay professional and just get on with you job. I’ve heard stories of people purposely trying to make another person on shoots job harder because they don’t get on. If i had been in charge of them even if the target was annoying i’d always get rid of the person trying to make things difficult because in turn they are making you day difficult and if they are putting personal opinion over a shoot they aren’t someone you want around.

My mantra and its nothing special is honestly to just treat people as you’d like to be treated, smile, ask them about there day, if you’re going to make a cup of coffee because 10 hours of editing your mind is going to explode ask if they want one to, its nothing hard but can make a big difference.

 

 

 

Working at a live music event

Working at a live music event is very different to anything else. Even compared to other live events though not recommended there is scope to miss the odd detail because you can edit around it with other things. Music is very different, Music dictates its own tempo, missing a bit of the song can’t just be edited around. A couple of months ago I worked on my first music event. It involved a number of west end stars doing a cabaret style night in this basement club in soho, it was all very 1930’s and very cool.

Overall it was a bit of a nightmare of a shoot because firstly it was a dark basement with flashing lights. Luckily for me my A7Sii is fantastic in low light so it didn’t effect it to badly but the flashing lights certainly caused a few problems. Sometimes though you just get these sorts of shoots and you have to deal with them.

A thing I struggled with when I started doing freelance work is worrying to much when a problem arises instead of calming thinking of a solution, i’d get myself worked up and my brain would turn to mush. This event is one of those times i’d probably had a bit of a break down but it was great to feel like I am maturing as a person and a filmmaker and that I could calmly think through the problem and fix it.

 

 

 

My future plans

Looking into the future is always a scary prospect but something I’ve been looking into a lot recently.

I’ve always known while I was uni and probably for a year or so afterwards I wanted to keep it freelance, this gives me scope to travel a bit and enjoy my craft.

Recently I’ve been looking a little further than that into my medium and long term future. Something i’ve always liked the idea of is joining a production company and I have spoken to friends of the family who work at or own production companies and I really intend to pursue that.

My interest in joining a production company is because I’d love to see how all the different departments work together to create a project. Freelancing I’ve been involved slightly coming in a a camera man or editor but i’ve never worked with the same people or an extended period of time on multiple projects.

My dream would be to own my own company and create the films i’ve always wanted to make. Travelling around the world meeting new people, learning about new cultures and being able to show the whole world these cultures. This is probably going to be very long term because I think a big reputation would be needed to be able to create what I wanted and be able to distribute these to the likes of the BBC, Channel 4 or Discovery.

I do like to take each day as it comes but sometimes it is vitally important to think about what you want and put things in place to achieve these. Though my plan may just seem to be a simple 3 step plan I think sitting down and clarifying to yourself what it is your want to achieve can help you massively in the short term and can help you when making decisions and gives you something to aim for.

Editing a wedding video

So last week I got asked to edit a wedding video. This was my first job solely editing and it was a strange place to start. I’ve done wedding shoots in the past and they are an art form of there own. Its not a normal shoot as such because well its someones wedding day, you don’t want the day you marry the love of your life (you’d hope so anyway) to be marred by some idiot messing up the video. I found editing one a completely different experience though. Emotion is obviously is vital when it comes to editing a marriage so I thought i’d do a bit of research into editing wedding video’s and found this great article with some tips on how to make a great wedding video.

5 Tips for Editing Cinematic Wedding Highlight Videos

 

Packing for a job

Such a huge thing about freelance work is your equipment. I’ve talked briefly about equipment in the past and will talk more about my equipment in later posts. Being freelance some days you haven’t a clue where you’re going to be going one day to the next and you can some days be walking miles to find your location.

Here are my top tips for packing for your shoots.

  1. Number one and such a huge thing, don’t overpack. There can be an urge to overpack because rightly so you want to be prepared for every eventuality. I’ve worked with so many people who pack everything they have every shoot and just regret it afterwards when they are on the tube after a long day with to much to carry. Always ask for a detailed brief if you can, that should be able to tell you what you’ll be shooting and you should be able to judge what you’ll need to take from that.

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2. Insure yourself. number two is as simple as that, please always insure you equipment,          the last thing you want to do is drop something you could have potentially spent                    thousands of pounds on and have to either pay for a whole new one or the cost                        of repairing it. Always make sure you cover yourself because I have seen it happen                  were something as simple as an elbow can smash some very expensive things.

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3. If you can afford it get a pelican case when you’re traveling. Now I might have said pack light when you’re on a job but if that job is a plane journey away absolutely get a pelican case and if you can one that can be used as hand luggage. Surprisingly enough baggage holders don’t care if your new lens cost you £2k they’ll chuck your bag in that plane just as hard so its always a good extra insurance to get a pelican case. I also find it helpful to store my gear in at home because a backpack can easily be kicked or stood on, as can a pelican case but you’ll absolutely do more damage to your foot than anything inside.

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What is it actually like working in a creative industry?

Since I started doing my film work i’ve learnt a lot. The film and TV industry and creative industries in general are a fascinating places to work with some great highs as well as some really tricky times too. The UK’s Creative Industries are world-leading. They are among the fastest growing industries in the economy and as you’re reading this blog, it’s likely that you’re already interested in working in creative industry in the future. These are a few things i’ve learnt since I started.

Doing a creative job for a living is an enviable position to be in. It’s quite rare to be able to do something you’re passionate about for your day job, so if you manage to start and build a career in a creative industry, it’s likely you’ll enjoy a lot of job satisfaction. In a few cases, there’s the potential also to gain more than just job satisfaction, in the form of fame and wealth.

So it’s easy to see why working in the creative industries appeals to so many young and talented people.

However, the industries are not necessarily for everyone. Depending on your personality and what you feel is important to you in life, you may find that they’re not for you. And that’s absolutely fine – we all want different things in life.

Due to the way the industries are made up, with the majority of the workforce being freelance and most of the companies being small or microbusinesses, there are certain broad characteristics of life in the creative industries that you should know about, in case they make a difference to you. They don’t apply across all jobs in all of the industries – but they apply to many of them.

One of the biggest ones for me has been working hours. Lots of the work done by creative companies is project-based and deadline-driven. Companies and freelancers need to stay competitive, so timescales can often be tight. As a result, working hours can be longer than the average 8 hour-day office job, especially as the project deadline approaches. You may also find yourself working anti-social hours, such as evenings, at night and on weekends.

If you are someone who wants to work regular hours and keep your weekends free to do what you enjoy away from work, it’s worth bearing these irregular and often long working hours in mind.

There are definitely jobs throughout the industries that offer more regularity in working hours, and creative jobs in other industries that have more regular working patterns.

Many people manage their lives very happily in this uncertain world of projects and short-term contracts. However, others find it challenging, stressful or demoralising. Again, consider your own case – how important do you think it will be to you to have a more stable job, with a monthly salary, regular working hours and a company pension? Such roles do exist in the Creative Industries, but they’re not the norm.

Another big thing is pay, the financial rewards of working in the Creative Industries can be great, but particularly when you’re starting out, the fee you receive can be relatively small. In addition, as a freelancer working on fixed-term contracts, there may be lean periods when you have less work than you would like.

These are just a couple of things I’d always tell someone considering starting to work to consider because it can be really hard and there will be times you feel like giving up but if your passion is still there your ability will always shine through.

Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding is a great way for budding filmmakers to raise funds for there projects. Currently working on my final year film, I am in the midst of creating my own campaign and have learnt a lot.

Looking through articles on crowdfunding, I found the following which tackles the issue of whether filmmakers come back to crowdfunding after successfully doing it for another film and the success rate of crowdfunding as a whole.

Its a really interesting read that has gone into a lot of depth and tackles an issue a lot of new filmmakers find themselves in.

How many filmmakers run multiple crowdfunding campaigns?