Help! Need some advice. (2 replies and 2 comments)
I'm thinking about starting out a career in production but I feel I'm late to the game, I'm 40 now, I've been shooting as a news videographer. However, my passion is to shoot films. Is it possible to make it to a DP level without going to film school and entering at my age, starting out as a Production Assistant? Where do I even start if I decide to take this step?
Hi, I think it's never too late to pursue your passion and it sounds like it would be perfectly possible to achieve. It sounds like you already have a camera and (I presume) sound equipment... which means you can spend your weekend experimenting with composition and lighting. Much more useful way to progress than becoming a production assistant. After all it's only through practice that any of us learn how to approach a situation. Surely there are also other colleagues who have similar ambitions - can you pair up with a director? Are their some wannabe actors in your area? All of us start at zero and learn through practice. Age need not be an impediment. You may be 40 years old but maybe you also have 40 years of your career ahead of you.
Big question: what's your financial position??? Can you afford to move to LA, can you find news work there to keep you going while you hustle for movie work? And, critically, what are your lighting skills? Where are you now and what sort of eg commercial - as in ad - work is available? Or music video work? Do you have a family to support?
On balance I'd say that the odds are massively against you. Because DOP jobs are ferociously competed for and you don't seem to have thought this through - because you haven't provided the right information. And it's the people who research and plan who win.
And I'm not saying that to make you feel bad - just to warn you that this is a very, very high risk path.
Get together with others who also want to enter the film game and make a movie. Enter it in festivals and take it from there.
You only regret all the things in life that you didn't do!
> You only regret all the things in life that you didn't do!
Right... No one ever regretted leaving a viable career to pursue a risky dream and ending up homeless and without medical care. Because that never, ever happens! Well, not in the movies, anyway.
But in real life - yes, it happens all the time.