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Am I loosing time quickly ? (7 replies and 9 comments)

Mustafa Irshaid
2 months ago
Mustafa Irshaid 2 months ago

I'm wondering if time is running fast or i'm just too nervous, I'm 28 now and I haven't got any feature film yet. I've been working in the documentary field for 7 years and this is my first year having a dp position. 
Can you tell me at what age you moved from documentaries to feature films? and any advice on how to get quickly on film sets.

Mike
2 months ago
Mike 2 months ago

Had to resend, sorry about quality.

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Vashistha
2 months ago

Wondering who said that?

dmullenasc
2 months ago
dmullenasc 2 months ago

I didn’t even graduate film school until I was 29…

Mike
2 months ago

Good age to start imo How long was it before you received your first pay cheque.

dmullenasc
2 months ago

I shot a feature for free (deferred salary, never paid) one year after graduation and then a feature for a salary a year after that. But I spent 11 years after graduation barely making a living as a feature cinematographer in the non-union world. It wasn't until I joined the union when I was 41 that I started earning a decent living.

Mike
2 months ago

Thankyou. Very interesting, so joining the union saved your career to the extent that employers didn’t want to be ‘seen’ taking on non union crew.

Roger Deakins
2 months ago
Roger Deakins 2 months ago

I shot my first feature at the age of 33.

Mike
2 months ago

You were very lucky. Pays to stay in touch with old friends, you just never know!

dmullenasc
2 months ago
dmullenasc 2 months ago

Just looked it up... David Watkin was 40 when he shot his first feature, "The Knack" for Richard Lester.

Mike
2 months ago

Yes, cut his teeth working for British Railways photographic unit. Everybody started their career making railway training films and then Railway features. Good training.

Mike
2 months ago
Mike 2 months ago

“The Knack”. This was one weird film, typical of the “Swinging Sixties”. Did it make sense, ofcourse not but everybody wanted to see it, including me!

David Watkin, one of the innovators of ‘Bounced Light”.

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NathanW
2 months ago
NathanW 2 months ago

I'm 23 and I guess I started getting worried too early. Cheers all. 

hank silver
2 months ago

I think these fears are exacerbated, and time seems accelerated these days, by being able to go on Instagram and see that EVERYONE is working ALL THE TIME (or so it seems). I try to remind myself that this actually isn't real life and to just enjoy the process (easier said than done though).

Mike
2 months ago

Don’t worry about it, it will happen when it happens! In the mean time, have lots of fun and enjoy life.

Al Duffield
2 months ago
Al Duffield 2 months ago

I’m 40, started shooting 3 years ago, worked LX before that, and still do 80% of my work for free, in pre-production for my first feature (deferred payment, and budget under $50k of course) and have yet to work on a shoot with a budget that could afford more than a solitary M40 for 1 day. But you know what, I don’t feel like I started too late, I’m still learning my craft and hope that feeling of growth continues for the rest of my career. I’m bringing to every shoot 40 years of life experience and as each year passes, I’m bringing more. My advice would be; don’t stress about where you think you should be in your career, just focus on doing fulfilling and hopefully exceptional work, knowing that when you do shoot your first feature you’ll be a better film maker than you are today, and that will translate the the finished project.

Mike
2 months ago

This is very wise advice, just adapt to your circumstances and things will happen.
Ofcourse, stay in touch with the industry as best as you can and make sure they know you exist and eventually you will get that phone call. Don’t be too demanding and practice saying ‘yes’ to all their questions. You want to get a foot on the ladder.

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