Re: sustenance

From: Flick Harrison (email suppressed)
Date: Thu Oct 16 2008 - 08:28:20 PDT

Santiago, do you have a camera?

When I first graduated from film school, I picked up the
entertainment weekly, and called up everyone who had a show on and
asked them if I could shoot it for them and charged $150.

I had a steady male voice which played to their stereotype of camera

That was ten years ago, and I'm surviving nicely from freelancing.
There have been a few shivering foetal moments of the kind you are
facing right now - but in the meantime I saw a lot of good shows
(thus finding actors for my own films) and learned more than I ever
wanted to know about self-employment accounting (which is what you'll
be doing as a filmmaker, one hopes). I also got to meet lots of
people in the arts, like dance, performance art, etc, which is a good
way to avoid that glaucoma / myopia you get from staying in the film

It's a good way to find quick cash infusion - just make sure the
money and the tape change hands simultaneously, and you can not-
starve immediately. If you fuck up the recording (check it before
you hand it over) you can always shoot again the next night and save
your skin / reputation.

If you don't have a camera, borrow one. Nowadays I suppose everyone
wants it on DVD instead of vhs tape so that's a startup expense, but
again you can beg, borrow or (ahem) until you're up and running.

Now I feel like the old guy telling sonny to buck up and pull up his
bootstraps or something so I'll cease and desist.


On 16-Oct-08, at 7:24 AM, Fred Davidson wrote:

> That's a good point. Thanks for sharing. Thanks for sharing
> that story with us.
> In answer to Santi Vernetti on a note admittedly not film
> related I might add that if only you could learn to play the guitar
> you could learn to play the blues. Once done you could learn to
> play the blues in a blues band. And if that doesn't work and if you
> are really stuck I suppose there's always the steam laundry!
> That's what Lightnin' Slim* did. Lightnin' Slim worked for the
> steam laundry. The steam was hard on his hands. Lightnin' Slim
> didn't have much in the way of luck though. If it wasn't for bad
> luck he wouldn't have had no luck at all. You'll have better luck
> than him. I just know it.
> Fred Davidson
> Boca Raton
> * "Blow your harmonica, son."
> On Oct 16, 2008, at 6:53 AM, Chuck Kleinhans wrote:
>> On Oct 15, 2008, at 1:36 PM, Santiago Vernetti wrote:
>>> Does anyone have any suggestion/leads/contacts for a film and
>>> video artist searching for a job related to those passions?
>> A few years ago the IFC (or was it Sundance?) cable TV channel had
>> a series introducing experimental film mixing short films with
>> interviews. Stan Brakhage observed that his first advice to
>> students who wanted to become experimental filmmakers was to train
>> in a good reliable profession like being a plumber. Then you'd be
>> able to support yourself and your passion.
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