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I’ll start by apologizing for introducing myself by means of a new topic, and please redirect me if needs be. This may seem a little indulgent, but I’m at a loss at to what to do so this is it.

Hi my name is Tim Rees, and I am not a film maker or cinematographer. I am however a father to an aspiring filmmaker and cinematographer. My daughter isn16, with very definite ideas and opinions, she has what I think taught herself some skills but more than anything I think she has “an eye.” Unfortunately like most teenagers she thinks her father knows little if indeed anything. I’m here not to do her work for her but to gain a better understanding of the world she wants to be a part of, and of course to introduce her to your forum as a means of helping her on her way. 


She has some work placed under her name, Aoife Rees. I simply want to try and point her in the right direction, and speaking with like minded people has to be a part of that. 


Thank you for your Tim.

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Best of luck, Tim and Aoife!

My filmmaking tastes all formed in my teenage-college years, that's pretty typical. Truffaut once wrote an essay about all the supposedly "negative" reasons that young people create art -- to show-off, to attract people, to make opinionated statements, etc. -- were all fine with him because some of the best art comes out of less-than-noble impulses, it's just part of the energy of being young and ambitious. If it provides the motivation to get things done, that's a huge part of any success, the effort and the completion of goals.

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If it helps, in the last few weeks I've written articles about John Conroy, ISC, Stephen Murphy, ISC, BSC, and Cathal Watters, ISC, all of whom are successful cinematographers from your part of the world and working on some very upscale bits of television, so it seems like there's something of a trend.

Things are likely to have changed by the time anyone who's 16 now gets into a senior position, but still.

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Hi Tim, 

I think it’s really great that you are taking an interest in your daughter’s artistic development. Feel free to continue posting and I hope that we can be of some help.

Personally, I didn’t begin pursuing my filmmaking interest until my early 20s, and didn’t start working in the film industry until I was 25. So your daughter seems quite precocious to me. I had no idea what I wanted to do at 16. 

Anyway, best of luck to you both. 

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