Comments: Thankyou, this was an awesome read. I have been interested in working in the industry but didn't have much of an understanding of what the background jobs are and what they do. This cleared up a lot so thanks!
Comments: Well it's a 4AM Monday morning and I couldn't be happier that I'll fall asleep right in the middle of the office meeting later. Thanks to the ... universe, I guess, I googled what I thought to be my greatest idea and came across your words which I devoured with such blissful hunger that I just now remembered what my greatest idea even was , but your idea to share your eye sight with us for a moment was much greater. I always wondered how things actually happen in the movie industry but never have I seen such a great clear picture of all of it until now. No coincidence there either, I'm sure! Thank you! Now, I'll just go back at the top in search of my way inside the film industry. Since I'm obviously bad at my current job, I wish to be a part of what has been for me so far the most wonderful contribution to my imagination, with some of the images so vivid in my mind right now and only to think I'm writing to one of their creators makes me dare think I'll make it. I wish your spring starts today as well
Comments: Great read for someone who is interested in the film industry but just doesn't know where to start. I really enjoyed the nuanced breakdown of positions.
It would be great if you had an add-on to the site, perhaps a blog, where you wrote personal anecdotes of your time on set working with directors, producers, screenwriters, etc. Those are the precious stories - the plump, juicy information we wouldn't be able to find by simply googling.
Comments: So interesting to read all about your experiences - I thought 'Vega' was wonderful and tragic at the same time, sad but hopeful too (and I loved the sailing being from the coast one of my favourite things!) I worked for a year in Vancouver as a production assistant and later costumes assistant on all sorts of TV and movies in 2008 and your blog brought back a lot of great memories - now at 35 it's made me want to get back into the industry: I'll let you know if I'm successful!!! All the best for the future, Chas
Hands-down this is the best comprehensive advice I've seen on film making on the internet after obsessively combing through tons and tons of pages and youtube videos. Note that this is coming from an amateur who did some 16mm film work in college.
After reading/watching tons advice about why certain technology was great and standard professional lighting techniques, I was left with the impression that a lot of the time, the actual art of framing a shot or the reason behind the shot wasn't being discussed or thought about -- and it shows in the lifeless and uncompelling examples from a lot of aspiring filmmakers/videomakers on youtube.
In addition to your amazing rundown of jobs in the film business, I happened upon this illuminating piece of advice from one of your forums on lighting:
"The main thing to get right is the colour and direction. Forget about "back, fill and key" as this is very bad way to think about lighting. Just start with the references in the room and light it naturally, using those references and increasing the intensity to obtain exposure whilst maintaining the contrast."
I'm planning to shoot a movie with my friends based on the band we're in (a fun project and also promotional) and it's been a huge help to think about what I actually want for the specific project, rather than mindlessly trying to replicate slick, professional film techniques.
Thanks again for this amazing site. This is a real accomplishment/gift to anyone interested in filmmaking.