Comments: nice post. Extreemmely long. But super helpful. Now that different continents are collaborating on film, i d like to see you write something on that. I used to be super confused about what aspect off film i wanted to go into, but your EXTREMELY LONG article has helped clarify. Thanks a bunch
Comments: Like you, I am on the right side of 50, and it's different. Your extensive experience and ability to express it in a way that is both real and entertaining-ah heck, who we kiddin-comical, is refreshing. Deep within me, has always been a yearning to make movies. The winding path of life provided experiences of military service, some drama training, law enforcement, therapeutic bodyworker, school teacher, master social worker, but greatest of all: single parent of two sons who actively make this a better world. The stories I wish to tell have multiplied, without being told. Your teaching inspires me to create and tell these stories. Namaste-Gavin
Added: February 9, 2014
Submitted by Name: Jenny King From: Surrey, UK
Comments: I'm just about to graduate and am currently in the process of applying for any internship/work experience I can get in Film. I am VERY aware of the competition, the lack of pay, and the treatment I can expect to get from most companies. Your run through of all the different roles you can play in Film Making and how to get those roles was so so helpful and has definitely made me think a lot harder about just what I would want to get out of a career in Film. I can't say it's made me more optimistic about my chances, but it's made me much more aware of what avenues to go down and what would be right for me.
Added: January 31, 2014
Submitted by Name: Natasha Wigglesworth From: BC, Canada.
Comments: Cineman, Right now I said that to myself: cineman sin-a-man see-the-man and reminded me of myself sitting at the kitchen table in a high chair crying out with brute force after my subtle iterations failed that "I WANT SEETHEMAN! SEETHEMAN! SEETHEMAN! Which was causing my mother distress (the distress of being a mother was as foreign to her as the culture she has come to live a part of) because I wasn't eating the hot oats set before me and soon it would be too late to be dropped of at day care added that she didn't have a clue what I was making a spitty but fierce fuss about she raged to bring this to means. She stopped the dishes and dried of her steamy impatience with the rag on the oven-handle and though she was upset, she listened with intent and tenderness, and I swear one could have noticed a physical change in the space of the room as we came closer to understanding. Her dark hispanic eyes seemed to shut off as she resorted to visualizing what I had been trying to say rather than hear it and the fly-away-strands of her thick black hair reached out like antennas to the heavens because chances were that it might be an english word she had never heard before. And daddy's been away from home for weeks. "What do you want? Say it again, please?" And through the tiny toddlers new little teeth, through the tears of frustration, "I.. want.. seetheman!" I chuckled a bit and felt the space in the room shrink but my words echoed in the silence and I realized there was still more space and I was not yet understood and just before I was about to have the largest tantrum recorded in in the history of 3yearold tantrums' there was a inhuman gasp and then a weird apologetic laugh/cry from my mother and she made her way to the cabinet and returned with ground cinnamon in a baggie and she held it to my face and I began to laugh hysterically as the aroma of the spice rushed through me and tears rolled down my cheeks and we both started to laugh hyterically-I was the happiest child on earth.
But what I really want to say..Damn Cinnamon distraction. gets me every time. What I really want to say… Is that this site is well helpful and I enjoyed reading very much, thank you for your dedication to ze cause. keep et real n peachee -Peach aka Natasha Wigglesworth aka Nacho Wiggleworm
Comments: I'm a forty-one year old artist dreaming of a job in the art department. Since the only thing I knew about the film industry is that it does exist, you have been very helpful to me. Thank for being very educational. If I ever achieve my dream, know that your words were my first push towards it.
Added: December 22, 2013
Submitted by Name: Mei From: California
Comments: Hi. I've often wondered if there's a place for me in film and/or television production, particularly after seeing projects where the crew people were happily employed to seemingly mill around on a set for entire days. Your blog was very thorough and satisfied my curiosity. Thank you.
Comments: Really interesting article. I've been working on EPK and promo material fr the last year and thinking of jumping ship to join the set crews. its nice to read an article that breaks all the roles down and also talks about the use of film today. I originally studied photography and it makes me want to go and get my old film camera out and go play again! Thanks
Comments: I'm 30 and have felt a strong pull toward cinematography for the past couple years, I started as a theater lighting designer and a still photographer, after having some "useless" years in the early 20s. It's nice to know that I'm not the only one who didn't know that this is what I wanted as a teenager.