Film jobs – A dash of reality

  When I was living in South Africa (I worked in news around when Mandela became President), I hung out with Joao & these great guys, now known as the Bang Bang club, who risked their lives documenting what’s really happening in the world. Joao is a sweet guy & risks his life so we can see what really happens. It’s a blast of reality for me. South Africa is where I first got into the film industry.  When you get into international journalism, you’re doing an important job and also risking your life everyday so that people can see the truth. If you want to check out the book, Bang Bang Club, you can find it at Amazon. Here’s the link to the Huffington Post page on Joao. //www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/10/23/joao-silva-new-york-times-afghanistan_n_772823.html

Working on set for the “Cat Herders” Commercial, my favorite

Shooting this spot was the most cold and miserable shooting days I've ever had.   Out in the plains, freezing cold, wind so strong it would catch your car door and bend it back. It took 3 days to shoot.   The production company put everyone up in a motel.   We actually snuck our cat into our motel room because he just had surgery and needed to recuperate.   So he lived under the bed. But he wasn't alone.   There were trucks filled with movie cats.   Each in their own cages. And real cowboys.   No actors.   Real cowboys who had to be skillfully directed to get a natural performance. Cats aren't naturally good at acting.   They want to be cats.   But the animal…

Film Jobs in Hollywood – Riding dragons, flying through the air

Today we’re doing a commercial for a video game. I want to give you an idea of what it’s like doing film  jobs when you’re doing special effects.  It’s really like any other day, except there are green screens and other cool film equipment. We’re shooting on a quiet residential street and we’ve taken over the whole street with enormous lights, props, carts and stands. As you look down the street you see a long line of cube trucks which belong to the art department, props, camera, grip, electric.  Further down the road there’s 2 motor homes.   One houses the production offices, the hair, make up and wardrobe rooms. And the 2nd motor home is made up of little rooms for the talent to relax and rehearse their lines. The…

A Typical Day On The Set

What I want to share with you in this blog is how you can have a career in the film industry: What kind of film jobs there are, the money you can make, and how to get in, even how to find the best online film school. I also want to give you a realistic view of what it’s like working in this industry. To do that I put together stories about what happens on a film set and what it’s like working on professional sets. One of the best things about working in the film industry, is that you work on fun stuff all day long and you get to work with your friends. It’s a fun, lighthearted environment most of the time. After all, we all left the…