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  1. Hi everyone! I recently have been getting into this as a career. I am based in Vegas, so production work is a little slow; my long-term goal is to become a cinematographer for documentaries and films, but currently, I am trying to make ends meet and upgrade gear. I have taken on some event work. Videography jobs for some small events, corporate shoots, and online courses. It's not the "dream work" or the place where I have the most artistic control but I still try my best to give the clients the best work possible. This side of my freelance has been growing as I get recommended to others, and it seems I am starting to gain ground on a videography job. I am working with a friend to create passion project films, as Vegas is pretty dried in the indie film corner. Very rarely do we have films made by people who haven't traveled in the crew, or there are usually people with much more experience being picked up. Is there any advice on balancing the need to make money and building a career with a body of work that could get into more features and documentaries? Should I separate these bodies of work to create an altered identity, reel, and portfolio for events and then one for more "artistic" work? I really don't want to do event videography for the rest of my life. I love being behind the camera and creating images; I hope they will last. Any advice is appreciated, and I wish to learn how to balance these two seemingly very different worlds.
  2. I was listening to Good. The Podcast and the interviewee is Sean Porter (Green Book, Kumiko the Treasure Hunter) and he mentions how in the past some cinematographers were able to get work because they own a cinema camera package. After listening to this my friend and I are interested in investing in a package. My friend wants to invest in an Alexa Classic - mainly due to budget - but is it really a good idea to buy one in today's market? I know that having work experience, lighting knowledge, networking etc really help to get opportunities but I'm wondering from other's experiences if owning a camera package vs not owning one has really affected work opportunities? Thanks in advance.
  3. Hi, I am pursuing becoming a freelance cinematographer in LA and researching what I need to know in terms of taxes and insurance for being self employed in this field. I have equipment insurance to cover my own camera and lighting package plus some extra to rent gear under 15k. The 15k rental is mostly for gear for smaller personal projects. But for paid work would it be worth it to up my equipment rental insurance or should that always be the responsibility of the production and not the DP? Workers Comp. Is this something I need to have for myself? My friend who is a producer for commercial work says she won't hire a DP who doesn't have their own workers comp. Is this standard practice in LA? Besides learning about taxes for being self employed is there any specific things about being a freelance Director of Photography I should be aware of or look into? Invoices and getting paid. What are the best practices for this process? What other expenses being self employed should I be aware of? Are there other insurances I should have? Thank you for any advice or information. There's a lot of mixed information out there and I just want to get some real perspectives from working DPs.
  4. Hey guys, I wanted to gain some more insight from some other freelance DPs on registering as a single member LLC. Mainly what the advantages are, your experiences, or if there are other entity options, (i.e: sole proprietorship, etc) that i should be considering. I have recently become a full-time freelancer and am looking into the best options for me come tax season. I'm not local 600 (hopefully soon,) not sure if union status makes a difference though. Thank you! -Ben Joyner
  5. Hello Everyone, My name is Alex Mitchell and I am an aspiring camera-assistant hoping to hit the ground running after I graduate from my film school (FSU Film) in December. I've spent over 3,000 hours on set working both ATL and BTL jobs on professional and film school sets. I chose to specialize in camera-assisting because it combines my best qualities into one job: a deep passion and knowledge of cameras and lenses, appreciation for capturing beautiful moments (in focus!), and endurance. I read the blogs on this site and I love all the knowledge you all share, and I was hoping if you could share with me some of your knowledge. I plan on moving out to L.A around January 2014 after I graduate and start working as a freelance camera assistant. I already have some connections through my film school but I would like to work someplace where I can connect with other professionals too. I would like to land an internship/job working at Panavision or any other camera rental house. I know they don't just hand out those jobs, but I'm determined to get one. If you have any type of advice for someone like me please let me know. I have a couple of months before I move out there, so I am just gathering information that will help me down the road. My resume is on my website if you'd like to check it out and I'll attach it onto this thread too for your convenience. Thank you for you time and I look forward to your responses. alexmitchellfilm.wix.com/apictureisworth Film Resume.pdf
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