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Chiyeung Lau

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  1. Would you advise trying to apply after a few years on set?
  2. Hey guys, I am going to graduate soon from college (STUDENT LOANS!) I was wondering what you guys think about pursuing a masters in cinematography after undergraduate school or jumping straight into the industry either through freelancing or working as a PA. Doing research I found this PA program, It seems to be funded by the NYC film office. http://bwiny.org/pages/programs/patraininga.html It seems like an interesting way for someone who has no connections to the film industry to get their foot in. I looked at some of the people who joined and a few of them moved their way up to the camera department or lighting department after the 2 year program was over. I was looking into it as a way to gain experience and earn money and perhaps work my way up to a position in the camera department. It isn't a direct route to becoming a DP but it seems like a good learning experience and you can make money to buy your own gear to go out and shoot your own stuff on the side. With college loan payments, this seems like a viable option However, CUNY brooklyn seems to be opening up a graduate school for film with notable funding from the city, its relatively cheap and it would allow me to build a reel and make connections. However, this means I will be back in school and not working. What do you guys think?
  3. Hi guys, Relative beginner here, I was wondering if you guys can help me with a question. I was watching a mini documentary about Christopher Doyle and he was discussing lighting Asian females. He discusses how white their skin actually is and how bluer light enhances their skin and makes them look a little whiter. The link is here to the video: Can anyone elaborate on this? Would this mean using more of a daylight source or gels or filters to add more of a blue tint to the light source?
  4. Thank you for the advice! Yes I understand. I try to learn as much as i can of everything. Cinematography had made me really interested in the art world, something I never had been interested in before. Now I am trying to analyze paintings of old Dutch masters and it amazes me how well they actually light their paintings
  5. Thanks a lot! Yes, I will keep that in mind. The small low/no budget shorts are kind of my way to practice. I am the one providing the camera for these low budget shorts, so I end up learning anyways. Though I think every new set is some form of learn experience, but I understand where you are coming from. Keep it fast and efficient!
  6. A lot of the answers for the product seem to suggest study PBL stands
  7. Doesn't reputation matter, I've heard some horror stories of DPs being fired because they claim way more than they actually knew
  8. You're right, its probably better to rent a higher quality light than spend money on a poorly made one
  9. Does anyone plan to apply for the new graduate film program opening up in Brooklyn College? I read an article about it recently. http://www.brooklyn.cuny.edu/web/support/foundation/impact/bcfnews_140221.php I may seriously consider it after I graduate from undergrad. They seem to have a decent amount of funding and is way cheaper than other schools in the area (NYU, AFI). They have a focus on cinematography, but their class peaks at 400 accepted applicants. Anyone else going to apply here?
  10. I was wondering what you guys thought about this light I thought on amazon. http://www.amazon.com/LimoStudio-Photography-Television-Continuous-Spotlight/dp/B00D9UVPO8/ref=cm_cd_ql_qh_dp_t They aren't Arris, but I was looking for a similar light that was way cheaper, especially for someone who is starting out.
  11. Thank you guys for all the advice. On my next short, I will try my best to rent out a lighting package, or at least a 650 watt Arri fresnel (they seem relatively affordable). That way I can practice lighting with a bigger light, along with some smaller lighting fixtures. The only camera I have is currently a lower end t3i dslr, but the images it creates are more than enough for the level of work I am doing at the moment. Just one last question if you guys don't mind me asking, what is the best way to market oneself when just starting out? I understand honesty is the best policy.
  12. I just have a few clamp lights, when is it a good time to move up to perhaps buying one's own kit? I am assuming after a few paid jobs?
  13. Hi guys, I was wondering if anyone here could give me some advice. I am relatively young and based in New York City. I plan to graduate next year from an university that isn't a film school. I was hoping someone here can give me some insight. I understand that the people on this forum have various opinions on the best route to become a DP, some believe one should work up the electric department while others believe in working up the camera department. I understand a few, such as David Mullen, worked their way up through the budget ladder by continuously shooting until they reached higher budget productions. I was hoping to also work up this budget ladder, but I don't want to be completely clueless about lighting. I have been working on a few low/no budget short films, and I have a few small paid gigs (small music video and kick starter video) coming up soon. I was hoping to do these type of small productions until I improved my camera work, lighting and overall production knowledge. Due to the low budget of these productions, I won't have much access to lighting equipment. Thus I reached out to some people and hopefully I will be able to work on a g&e crew for a small student thesis shoot coming next week. When I graduate, I hope to apply to a few graduate programs for cinematography, in hopes of making connections, shooting more organized productions and getting more hands on experience with lighting equipment. I was wondering how viable of an option would this be if one wanted to be a DoP?
  14. Wow I love the music and the shots, everything looks so beautiful and well lit. I am curious on how working outside of the U.S works for a cinematographer? Any difficult paperwork to shoot in Moscow? I only ask because I hope to perhaps work in hong kong someday. Thank you for telling us about your experience, I am sure shooting in any foreign country can be quite an experience!
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